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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 3 will be moved into the building," notes Jason Friesen, Laguna Tools. You must also pay attention to the type of power in your shop: single phase or three phase. "Most CNC routers can run on both single or three phase power, but this will be something the machine manufacturer will need to know." Since there are so many physical con- siderations to keep in mind, Friesen sug- gests doing a little shop layout planning. "First I would make sure I lay out the area the machine will be going into," he says. From there, make sure the necessary elec- trical is in place. But none of that will matter if you can't get it through the door. "If your shop does not have a large rollup door or opening, you will likely not want to purchase a fully pre-assembled large table router that could require tearing out a wall just to get the tool in the building," states Warner. You'll also need a clear path from the door to the final landing place to move the machine in. These considerations are, of course, mostly tied to the larger equipment. Smaller machines carry a different set of preparation steps. "Some smaller desktop- style tools do not require as much prepa- ration other than having an appropriate size workbench or stand ready," notes Warner. Weight will play a factor here so keep in mind that heavier machines are harder to support and move. Another thought when it comes to the size conversation is that of materials, both those to be processed on the CNC router and those that won't be. "You'll want to make sure you can bring in/out the mate- rial you'll be cutting as easily as possible," Allard states. "You may also want to an- ticipate adding a dust collector to keep the dust down." This point is particularly important if your shop does other things like printing. SOFTWARE, AND MORE One advantage established graphics shops have when adding new equipment is that most are familiar with some sort of software. While different machines run with different software, for the most part those who have familiarity with graph- ics suites will most likely learn software 4' x 8' $ 279 SYSTEMS FROM /MON *LIMITED TIME BASED ON APPROVAL FEATURES INCLUDE: SIGNMAKINGCNC.COM

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