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The making of PCBs is a popular past time. If you are only going to make a few then those cheap Chinese machines will be ok. If you are going to make more than a few I would recommend the Shapeoko or Xcarve. The Carbide 3d store has a set of PCB drill bits and they have a specific software package to make PCBs.

Most of those Chinese little CNC Routers are a POC. They will make you beat your head against the wall. I do understand that if you just want to make a few PCBs then the price is right. A friend of mine likes to program and make things for the Raspberry Pi and he found a Chinese company that you upload your design and they make your PCB and mail them back to you. The turn around is about a month and a lot of that is the shipping from China. You could research the Chinese PCB makers and go that route.
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The making of PCBs is a popular past time. If you are only going to make a few then those cheap Chinese machines will be ok.
Yeah, but if you are only making a few it would be a lot more cost effective to just etch them. I've not etched any, but ran across a lot of info on it while researching metal electroetching. Cost should be less then $10, depending on just how you do it and with what materials. Lately I've been researching more on electroetching, and likely will make a major ($expensive) jump - when I find what I'm looking for I'll likely have at least $25 (twenty five) invested. Let's put it this way, electroetching is effective, but doesn't need to cost much.

One of my first etchings.
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Theo, did you just win the lottery,$25.?
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Theo, did you just win the lottery,$25.?
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I wish, but no. Been saving for a couple of years tho.

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