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PostPosted: Thu Jan 31, 2013 10:56 am 
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Can anybody recommend a cheap and compact micro milling machine? Something small enough to sit on my kitchen table and cheap enough for an ordinary poor man to afford. I have a few stalled projects that are crying out for such a device, my life will more than likely remain incomplete until I get my hands on one.
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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 2:06 am 
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Micro Mill 2000:
http://www.microproto.com/micromill2000.htm

Never used one, so I cannot recommend, but from what I've read over the last 10 years or so, it's the cheapest turn-key kit you can buy from a manufacturer. The largest thing you can mill with it is a bit smaller than a shoebox. Sorry if you already know about it.

There are hobbyists who have created their own by buying the individual parts, which I'm sure is an even cheaper way to go, but I'm sure that takes a good amount of time and a lot of specialized knowledge.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:21 am 
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That looks impressive but my budget would probably stretch to the chuck and plug on that wee beastie! I have a strange desire to knock up some home made components, the main thing it needs to do is drill a precise hole at a settable angle. Much of the other stuff can be cut and shaped by hand.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 12:42 pm 
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A decent pillar drill may be enought for that?


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 1:07 pm 
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http://www.axminster.co.uk/axminster-si ... rod719673/


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:05 pm 
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I was going to suggest and Emco Unimat, which is what I have, but I just looked at the prices on the bay :shock:


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:22 pm 
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Proxxon 8)
http://compare.ebay.co.uk/like/35069313 ... pla&crdt=0

These people are the big name in professional modelmaking


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 01, 2013 10:23 pm 
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dyna-ti wrote:
Proxxon 8)
http://compare.ebay.co.uk/like/35069313 ... pla&crdt=0

These people are the big name in professional modelmaking



Ah ha. This is more along the lines of what I was thinking. My cordless drill just doesn't cut it when trying to make a hardwood derailleur!
I also have the remains of a couple of fancy old cnc brakes, I quite fancied recreating them with new arms........Best get saving up


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