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Looking for my first router for eva marine floor and office letters etc. I have no cad experience. NEED a router I am very mechanically inclined .Need some help .
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Plusman - welcome to the forum.
I am a little familiar with the EVA products and I can't help but wonder what your end projects would be used for. are you going into the business of supplying these products commercially ?
(and, I'm only assuming that you are looking for at least a 4x6 foot CNC router).
there are hundreds of companies that sell the EVA Marine Flooring world wide - so this piques my interest of your ambitions.
2nd question: what do you mean by "office letters" ?
 

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Plusman - welcome to the forum.
I am a little familiar with the EVA products and I can't help but wonder what your end projects would be used for. are you going into the business of supplying these products commercially ?
(and, I'm only assuming that you are looking for at least a 4x6 foot CNC router).
there are hundreds of companies that sell the EVA Marine Flooring world wide - so this piques my interest of your ambitions.
2nd question: what do you mean by "office letters" ?
Yes want to install and router raw eva sheets for marine applications. I also have a sign and graphics buisness and want to fabricate my own letters and logos for office doors etc and add the Marine floor to our services eventually.
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I can't see where EVA foam would be appropriate for office doors.
what machines do you have in your sign shop now ? (do you have a website ??)
still - we need more information about your shop, your experiences, skills and talents.
what type of signs do you currently make in your sign business ?
 

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with cnc's, it is pretty much you get what you pay for. so consider it being a considerable expense. you can spend as little as a couple of thousand, to $50k and more. the options (as you can imagine like a car) can add up as well. some come with the software for CAD part design, and CAM machine control, and some you have to pay extra.

the table size will play a large role to meet your needs. many programs allow you to "tile", or machine half of the job, slide the work down, and machine the other half. so a 4' table can route an 8' job.

most machines we talk about can route wood, plastics, and non-ferrous metals.
generally a cnc will come with a router (of various sizes and brands), but a common upgrade ($$) is to a "spindle" which run quieter and last longer.

in my opinion, technical support plays a very large role in the cnc business, as the learning curve can be a little challenging. some brands of cnc have their own forum online. this is a good site with many knowledgeable folks willing to help!
 

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I can't see where EVA foam would be appropriate for office doors.
what machines do you have in your sign shop now ? (do you have a website ??)
still - we need more information about your shop, your experiences, skills and talents.
what type of signs do you currently make in your sign business ?
No I would use wood or plastic etc
 

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Welcome to the forum.
 

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G'day @Plusman , welcome to the forum.
 

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Yes want to install and router raw eva sheets for marine applications. I also have a sign and graphics buisness and want to fabricate my own letters and logos for office doors etc and add the Marine floor to our services eventually.
THX ..
okay - I got it now:
you want to purchase a CNC router so you can add 3-D plastic & wood letters, graphics, routed signs, etc. to your sign business.
and then, later on, maybe add custom EVA Faux Teak boat deckings and other marine applications to the boating world.
why did you pick this market? do you have a large boat or are you near a marina ?.
ok - as David asked in his post: tell us more about your shop, space available, power source, and your budget.
I am guessing that you have a plotter to cut vinyl lettering with now ?? what art programs are you using for your sign work ? (as a retired sign maker, it would be interesting to see some photos of your past projects and maybe your shop).
 
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