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Hi everyone, I have did some research to find a cheap CNC router to make prototype PCBs and I have came across this one: The 1610 CNC. Link is in the description of m video if you guys want to check it out. So I have bought one, not expecting much and the result were very good, clean circuit boards. I've got the traces as thin as 0.6 mm. I have made a YouTube video showing the process of make a PCB using this machine. I also have the parts I have used and the software in the description.

Here is my video if you guys want to check it out on YouTube: -->>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPzTergqIUA<<--

Below are some pictures of the end results with this cheap machine.
 

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Welcome to the forum First Try.
 

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Are you aware that this is a woodworking forum?
 

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Found that to be pretty cool.
$165 on Amazon... might try that myself.

Theo.. a buck sixty five?! do you realize
how many coasters/doilies you can make?
 

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do you realize that was all advertising???
No links to any site where products are being sold so doesn't quite fit the criteria. We'll give him a chance and see where he goes with this. Maybe this is useful to the CNC crowd?
 

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Theo.. a buck sixty five?! do you realize
how many coasters/doilies you can make?
Doilies? I don't think I'll be making any doilies this lifetime. But coasters? I can make as many as I want, with what I have right now, no need to buy any el cheapo CNC machine. I can see it now, the new CNC - coffee n coasters.
 

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Doilies? I don't think I'll be making any doilies this lifetime. But coasters? I can make as many as I want, with what I have right now, no need to buy any el cheapo CNC machine. I can see it now, the new CNC - coffee n coasters.

Doilies would be the next level if they turn out.

You know you want it
 

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Doilies would be the next level if they turn out.

You know you want it
Well, if you're right, post pictures of how they turn out.

Already got it, just poured myself a fresh mug full.
 

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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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