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Hi Everyone,
I am new at CNC Routing, also new at Forums, I think that makes me a real newbie. I plan to retire at the end of the year, so looking for something to do. My wife has a small store where she sells many small engraved wooden signs and plaques, thus CNC Routing. I am a Tool and Die maker and program and run a number of CNC metal working machines. However at this time I have very limited funds for this project, that is why I was looking at, and asking about BOBSCNC router.
Chuck, (RNUBEE)
 

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Welcome to the forum, Chuck. I can't help but you will find lots of opinions and help here.
 

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Hello and welcome to the router forum
 

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Lots to choose from, Chuck. What size work do you plan on cutting? What software you gonna use? You want to build or buy a plug and play setup? How much space you got? AND -- how much you willing to spend?

That's for starters.
 
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John,
Thanks for the reply. Yes.. I have been looking for a while, (Google, U-Tube etc.). Right now I am looking at BOBSCNC KIT ($600), F-Engrave (Free), and Universal G-Code Sender (Free), just to get my feet wet and see where I go from there. I have played a little with this software, it seems to work ok, not the most user friendly but I think I can get where I'm going with it.
Thanks again.

Chuck
 

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If you're looking to try something for free, Chuck, give Fusion 360 a whirl. That's what I use and it's a CAD/CAM package all in one, pretty powerful and a great support community over at Autodesk.

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Try Vectric Vcarve or Aspire. They will let you download a "trial" version of each and let you play with it to your heart's content. It just won't let you download the files you create. They also have a whole boatload of tutorials you can watch and learn from. Vectric is by far the choice software by CNC guys here.
 
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