Let’s assume you have a working CNC machine that you’ve just acquired, but that you know very little about CNC. Let’s further assume it is a mill and that you will be focused on cutting metal. You’re ready to start milling custom chopper parts, build a tool changer, or scratch build a Colt 1911 handgun. With CNC, you can build almost anything and you’re chomping at the bit to get started on your pet projects.
Not so fast! Remember, you just got the machine and you’re a beginner. You’re not ready for those projects yet.
If you have some idea how to make your first CNC parts, charge ahead with these 10 suggestions. Otherwise, you need to see the whole process of making a part mapped out in detail.
Take a break and go read our Beginner’s Step-By-Step Guide to Making CNC Parts. It will fill in those hazy details you’ve been wondering about, then, you’re ready for this article.