Updated November 30, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

The 10 Best CNC Machines

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This wiki has been updated 7 times since it was first published in October of 2018. Computer Numerical Control, or CNC, cutting, is a powerful way to turn your artistic or structural visions into reality, using the unparalleled precision and consistency of digital instructions. From hobby-oriented models meant for low-volume wooden art, to high-output, laser-based options that may require a commercial truck to move, one of these machines will have you routing beautifully. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki. Skip to the best cnc machine on Amazon.

10. Newlin Machinery Oxyfuel

9. Axiom Precision AR4 Pro+

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8. Taishi 3040

7. Next Wave Piranha FX

6. Qiilu Carver

5. MySweety 3018 Pro

4. UContro Desktop

3. Next Wave Automation Piranha XL

2. Shuangbing Plasma

1. BobsCNC E3

Editor's Notes

November 26, 2018:

First of all, when it comes to flat CNC tables, there are routers, and there are plasma cutters. Fundamentally, they operate in a similar way, but in practice, they're not very much alike. Routers (the spinning kind, not the wireless kind) can, in fact, cut many types of metla, but you'll need the right bits, as well as somewhat fine motor controls to achieve the proper RPMs. Our top choice is interesting because it was concocted by a guy who apparently got sick of low-quality, imported power tools. The Shuangbing, on the other hand, is an imported oxyfuel-driven tool that appears to work well, and it even breaks down small enough to fit into a decently sized truck (of course, it's still pretty long). Home hobbyists claim to enjoy Next Wave's products across the board, though some people seem to think they'll be experts right from the jump — using almost any of these requires a bit of experience and skill, though. The UContro is a relatively affordable means for pro-grade wood- and metalworkers to get by, while industrial professionals will likely prefer the Newlin or the Axiom.

Christopher Thomas
Last updated on November 30, 2018 by Christopher Thomas

Building PCs, remodeling, and cooking since he was young, quasi-renowned trumpeter Christopher Thomas traveled the USA performing at and organizing shows from an early age. His work experiences led him to open a catering company, eventually becoming a sous chef in several fine LA restaurants. He enjoys all sorts of barely necessary gadgets, specialty computing, cutting-edge video games, and modern social policy. He has given talks on debunking pseudoscience, the Dunning-Kruger effect, culinary technique, and traveling. After two decades of product and market research, Chris has a keen sense of what people want to know and how to explain it clearly. He delights in parsing complex subjects for anyone who will listen -- because teaching is the best way to ensure that you understand things yourself.

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