You Create Podcast Episode #002 | Why Do You Want A CNC? | Life Before CNC | Advantages of CNC | Things to Consider When Buying | Materials | What Can you CNC?

In the second episode of the You Create Podcast, we discuss why you would want a CNC machine and what things were like before CNC.

I spend some time talking about the advantages as well as things to consider when looking to purchase a system. This episode was also geared towards a general audience, specifically beginners.  We will get into more detailed stuff as the weeks progress, but since this is a new podcast, I want to be sure to cover a lot of the basics, even before someone makes a purchase.

In this episode we discuss:

  • Life before CNC
    • Hand tools
    • Complicated measuring
    • Lots of math
    • Required a lot of skill and patience
    • Considered an art form
    • Different tools for different materials
    • Limited types of things you could create
  • Advantages of a CNC
    • Automation
    • Reduced skill level
    • Less risk of mistakes
    • More productivity
    • More precise than hand work
    • Repeatability
    • Flexibility
    • Eliminiate the need for many hand tools
    • Shorter lead times
    • Less waste material
    • Great family activity
  • What are the limitations?
    • Physical size of the machine
    • Power Requirements
    • Still need hand tools for finishing and preparing material to mill
    • Work area size based on projects that you want to create
  • What to look for in a CNC machine?
    • Rigidity
    • Manufacturer Support
    • Parts Availability
    • Optional Accessories
  • What materials can you CNC?
    • Woods
    • Plastics
    • Foam
    • Carbon Fiber
    • Wax
    • Rubber
    • Fiberglass
    • Aluminum
    • Brass
    • and much more…
  • What projects can you CNC?
    • Draw from scratch
      • Sketchup
      • Inkscape
    • Download a premade project –
    • Scan and trace a part
      • Vectric’s Image Tracing (vectorization) feature
    • Online service to hire someone to create your drawing


To view a transcript of this episode, please click HERE

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