I have a Sherline mill that I probably should convert CNC. One problem right now is that I have very little shop space. Admittedly John Saunders of NYC CNC was able to manage
For a CNC setup I need a more or less permanent space that I can have a stable area and an enclosure. Considering my night owl habits I may not to want it to be in the same room with my bed. In any case, I also have to consider the options.
Sherline sells a package for $2700 or so including a mill and a computer running Linux:
P/N 8020 (8021 metric**)—Model 2000 8-direction mill, computer, drivers, stepper motors and software: $2745.00
This has the benefit that it’s turnkey and exactly the same mill that I already have. On the other hand the computer with the drivers is Linux which might cause problems with the cam software. And it’s the mill I already have which means I’m not gaining anything other than CNC
Then there’s A2Z’s monster mill, which uses Sherline parts, but has more rigid and larger slides. This is a good option but it means finding my own steppers and controller. That’s not a big showstopper.
I like what Ken Toonz has done with his mill
This outfit seems to have some interesting options
Luiz Ally is truly inspirational with what he’s done with his Sherlines:
There’s also more stuff out there:
There’s the Sherline CNC yahoo group.
Taig makes a mill competitive with Sherline:
There’s no shortage of resources when I start. There’s also the possibility of buying larger machine from Charter Oak
or Tormach, when and if I have space:
There are other options to consider.
We live in a wonderful time for making.
The Let’s Build Series.