Had to take back the CNC Shark to Carbatec today – thanks for the loan! It was interesting to experience CNC machining, and I can see how having a CNC router would be very useful in a cottage industry setting.
It is quite a different animal to a laser, but both operate on a similar, adjacent playing field. One of each would make an ideal setup – some jobs are perfectly suited to one, some to the other. Both work from a subtractive perspective, so a 3D printer would provide the additive component. That shouldn’t be too far away now.
Think next time, one of the requirements for a CNC router, is to have one that doesn’t have a router that screams so loudly when it operates. Many of my machines are moving towards a quieter form of woodworking (not as far as getting away from murdering electrons mind), but at least either quiet brushed motors, the even quieter brushless, or induction motors on the larger machines. Having a small thing that screams for the 2-3 hours of a larger CNC job is just not pleasant! The CNC Shark doesn’t have to use the Bosch router, so I’d be looking for a different router if I did get one of these.
So back to more traditional forms of woodworking, at least for the time being. I expect at some stage that each of these options will be available in the shed, just not sure about the timeline.