This topic was originally placed in the "General Discussion" forum and has since been moved.
I've been wanting to get in to CNC machining for a few years now. I'm a hobbyist woodworker and DIYer and having the ability to make more intricate parts would make some of my ideas easier to accomplish. And, I'd like to possibly produce my own PCBs some day.
Eventually, I would like to have a larger stand alone machine capable of handling a 4' sheet of plywood. And who knows? Maybe even design and build my own. But for now, I think a smaller unit would be better for me at this time due to space limitations, etc.
I'm still in the process of researching machines. So, if you have experience with one or more of these small machines, feel free to tell me about it. Pros, cons, etc. I'm looking for machines capable of working with wood and plastics. Machining aluminum would be a plus. But in no way a "requirement".
I would really like to hear from anyone with advice on the software side to use on a Linux based computer. There are vast amounts of information available on Winblows based programs. But it seems most of what I'm finding about Linux programs is just lists of what's available. Or Joe Schmoe raving "X program is the best", without really telling why he thinks that way.
And if you have any good links to useful resources, feel free to reply.
Thank you for your time!