Yes, you may as well count that money spent! Computer Numerically Controlled - using a computer to guide your router, plasma cutter, laser, lathe, mill, etc.
Start clearing out a space for it and prepare to have some fun. But as for costing I'd say it depends on what you want to do with it. Ours has been operational for a year and has paid for itself. Next year is profit!
All I have heard so far in regard to my question is your hit that a CNC is very costly, nothing about how it works and the actual cost.
Back in the 70's I knew a man who was a machist that was a tool and die maker for Nosler Bullets in Bend, Oregon. He invested in a computer driven milling machine, if I recall, and I sure could be mistaken but it seems like he told me that that the machine cost him fifty grand. He made so much money with it that in a short time he purchased a second one. I think that he hired people to operate the machines.
I was at his shope one time and showed me some of the work that he was doing with the machines. The work consisted of duplicating 70 Winchester receivers
which he sold for less than a person would spend for one from Winchester. I have no idea how he got around patten rights, I did not ask him about that, but the actiosn were complete and ready to have barrels fitted to them, blued and dripped into new stocks.
Pete Grizzle was the man's name and is pretty well know in the custom rifle business or was at the time.
I assume that CNC machine is similar to the milling machines that Pete was using.
Am I close to being correct and if so I can see that such a machine is not a toy to buy just play with. It's to late in life for me to be thnking of such an endeavor, but I am fascinate with the concept and would like to know more.
I know that I could go on line and learn more, but it just seems to me that this forum should be a good place to learn and I suspect that othes might be wondering about the subject too.