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Doug

Diamond
Joined
Dec 16, 2002
Location
Pacific NW
Anybody have first hand knowledge of the Pocket NC 5 axis mills?

Please spare any lectures on this being a toy. I know based on its pricing what it might be. And I'm not a CNC noob. I've been involved in CNC ownership since my first CNC in 1986.

My interest is in demonstrating CNC'ing and this machine being desktop might be a good choice. The 5 axis is a big plus too.
 

mhajicek

Titanium
Joined
May 11, 2017
Location
Minneapolis, MN, USA
What exactly are you asking?

I know someone who has one, as a toy, to experiment with learning 5 axis basics. It's capable of cutting wax and plastic, and aluminum of you go really slowly with very light cuts. It is neither accurate nor rigid.

So if you want a CNC toy, go ahead and get one. Whether it will work well as a demonstration depends on what you're trying to demonstrate. IMO it wouldn't impress very many people; they'd likely be more impressed seeing a robust 3 axis mill making a blizzard of aluminum chips.
 

Radar987

Cast Iron
Joined
Dec 30, 2011
Location
CA
It can't even drill and tap.

I can already picture it, a college student getting a summer job at a machine shop after claiming in his interview that he has 5-axis machining experience. Then on day one he has trouble figuring out what G83 and G84 are.
 

Mike Henry

Titanium
Joined
Aug 18, 2001
Location
Batavia, IL USA
If you are going to get a Pocket NC, give serious consideration to the V-50 CHB, which reportedly has a better spindle (made by NSK). I was planning on one to play with until I heard about the new larger model that will probably be demoed at IMTS 2022 in Chicago. Here's a link to a video that covers some of the target features.

Manufacturing Day 2021 Pocket NC Tour - YouTube

Probably still a toy to most here, but looks a lot more capable for small 5-axis work.
 








 
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