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    Default New 07 Smith Machine Tooling Help

    Hi Folks-

    I am new to manufacturing, having worked on guns for years and years, I finally decided to up it a notch and get my 07 license this month.

    I would appreciate some direction into a CNC late and laser engraver machine, nothing high end commercial at this point, but more entry level. Second hand is welcome as well. I already work with a mill/drill/lathe combination which is good for small stuff and barrels, receivers, etc. albeit much more manual and slower. Since I am manufacturing, I would like to go to something I can manage both aluminum and steel for manufacturing receivers for both modern sporting rifles and bolt actions. I'd like to be able to thread as well. Either or both need to be able to do ATF compliant engraving at .003" deep by 1/16" or larger print.

    I've taken interest in the APSX Spider machine here [ Tabletop Metal CNC Milling Machine Affordable CNC Prototyping ] as an entry level CNC machine. I also found Trotec lasers for engraving, but I think they are too advanced for me at this point. If the CNC can do the ATF compliant engraving, the laser will only need to etch anodizing or light etching on metal work.

    Currently, my initial production will be less than 24 a year as I have a full time gig on top of this and intend on quality over quantity initially. As far as the space requirements, both machines need to stay close to a footprint [not working footprint] of 48 by 36 but I have some negotiating room. I have compressed air and ventilation available already, Its just a really small space to start working in.

    Thanks for your help.


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