Equipment/CNC Metal Mill
A CNC Milling Milling Machine is a computer controlled tool that uses a rotating cutting tool to cut into a stationary workpiece.
Here's a nice video showing the basic movement of both CNC and manual vertical mills - N.B. the guy in the video shouldn't be wearing gloves, as they can cause very nasty accidents if your hand comes into contact with the cutter!
Just a quick table on a few small CNC mills I found available readily in the UK -
|Tormach PCNC 1100||link||~£5585||450||237||406||514kg||Very high-end hobby / low-end pro machine|
|Tormach PCNC 770||link||~£4512||350||188||325||301kg||Very high-end hobby / low-end pro machine|
|Seig KX1||link||£3135||260||115||185||86kg||comes with £460 of useful accessories|
|Proxxon 500||link||£4510||310||100||220||47kg||Very lightweight for its size, unlikely to be suitable for much metal milling|
Weight gives a good indication of quality/stiffness for a given size machine
All machines are likely to need a selection of accessories such as software, collets, vices, clamps, chucks, coolant, cutters and a stand, expected to cost around £1000.