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I've been 3D printing for a long time, but always wanted to machine materials like wood and metal too. So because my budget isn't huge, I searched for an affordable desktop CNC machine and came across the sainsmart 3018 prover. There's also a cheaper version, but I'm not that convinced with the acrylic frame. It's obvious, that milling steel is not realistic with such a machine. Wood certainly is, but what about normal Aluminum blocks, or thin sheet metal, like messing, steel or chrome plated metal? You can also buy a Laser but I guess that's more for engraving not cutting metal? I'd also consider upgrading the milling motor to a dremel for higher rpm and maby installing a spray cooling system.

Sainsmart 3018 prover: SainSmart Genmitsu CNC Router 3018-PROVer Kit

Option 2 (less likely to buy): Genmitsu PROVerXL 4030 CNC Router with Carveco Maker Subscription
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