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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 2 0 2 1 F E B R U A R Y G R A P H I C S P R O 6 1 and perhaps most importantly, why the shop is looking to purchase the equip- ment in the first place. SIZE MATTERS Before you even start looking at techni- cal sheets for a new CNC router, the first thing most anyone will advise you to do is to make sure you need it. If your customer base doesn't support it or you won't use it, it's not worth the purchase. "How does a CNC router impact your business? If you're already paying a pre- mium for custom CNC router work, it very quickly makes sense to keep the profit you're giving away," says Brent Al- lard, Industrial CNC. "If you're buying a premade product that you could easily make yourself with a CNC router, such as channel letter faces, sign blanks, stencils, or carved signage, you may be able to in- crease your profit dramatically by produc- ing these products in house." "The purchase of an industrial CNC router is typically one of the biggest capi- tal expenditures that a company will con- sider," adds Kevin Recinos, AXYZ. "The router is typically being looked at to auto- mate a current process that may be done manually." Going hand in hand with the profit ques- tion is the size question—you can't consid- er one without considering the other. "The first question should revolve around the primary intended application(s) for which a CNC is needed. This of course leads to the equally important tool size sub- question," states Buddy Warner, ShopBot Tools. He suggests asking yourself what the largest material blank size is that you envision machining. And if we're going to talk about size, it's not only the project size you need to think about. CNC routers come in every- thing from desktop machines for smaller projects to those that can produce large signage. "It is important to think about the space required and how the machine ShopBot Buddy ® 32" ShopBot Buddy ® 48" PRSstandard • PRSalpha 96" x 48" and larger There's a ShopBot for every size project. Learn more about the the full line of ShopBot tools at Then give us a call at 888-680-4466 and we'll help you choose the right tool for your interests. ShopBot tools deliver professional speed, power, and accuracy at a fraction of the cost of big-iron CNC machines. Our tools are exceptional for an endless variety of cutting, drilling, and carving operations – and have the ability to do so in an array of materials: wood, MDF, plastics, foam, vinyl, and non-ferrous metals, like aluminum. ShopBot Desktop 24" x 18" ShopBot Desktop MAX 36" x 24" ShopBot Desktop MAX ATC 36" x 24"

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