Adding a CNC router
It can boost productivity and let you reach into new markets
Posted on Monday, October 31st, 2016
Shopping for a router
Chris Lovelady [Vital Signs LLC, Thomasville, Georgia] has had a small bench-top CNC router for years, and now plans to add a large router soon. He’s in the process of narrowing down the features he wants, as well as what he’d like to have if budget allows.
A CNC router has become an essential tool in many sign shops—cutting, drilling and carving projects of all sizes. Because they’re so versatile, routers fit into the production needs of a variety of shops. One shop may cut sign faces and snap-fit letters on it on a daily basis. Another may use it mostly to carve 3D signs and seldom if ever cut a piece of flat acrylic on it.
It’s safe to say that few shops ever utilize all the potential of a CNC router. There’s so much it can do. The high-end 3D work done on a CNC router gets a lot of the attention, but there are so many utility tasks that the router does. Like many tools, they are often bought to serve one primary need but are soon doing much more.