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Who is making money with their CNC machine?

Discussion in 'Polls' started by cncguy, Nov 19, 2015.

Who is making money with their CNC machine?

  1. Not a dime! I use it for fun/my own projects

    0 vote(s)
    0.0%
  2. Mainly a hobby, any money made is just gravy

    1 vote(s)
    12.5%
  3. I make some on-the-side money, not quitting my day job!

    5 vote(s)
    62.5%
  4. I better make money! This machine IS my job!

    2 vote(s)
    25.0%
  1. cncguy

    cncguy Administrator

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    Who is making money with their CNC machine?
     
  2. PREPRO

    PREPRO Newbie

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    I bought a small desktop unit (MaxNC) some years ago.
    I did use it for some simple jobs. (paid work)
    I found it a complete dog.

    Have thought about getting something more serious for ages.
    But the bean counters tell me I can't get another new toy... especially as I have not even begun to use my laser engraver I about 18 months ago!
    (Full Spectrum Laser)
     
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  3. cncguy

    cncguy Administrator

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    I have made money from local people needing custom parts.
     
  4. severeuke

    severeuke Newbie

    I've made money on the side using the machine at my work after hours. Next step is to get my own for more flexibility.
     
  5. cncguy

    cncguy Administrator

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    What kind of stuff did you make?
     
  6. severeuke

    severeuke Newbie

    At work we made parts for farm machines. I like making parts but would like to do some artistic things on my own with different material.
     
  7. 3dprintforums

    3dprintforums Apprentice

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    I manufactured R/C airplanes for 10 years so I would say I made some money. I built my own cnc laser machine to cut foam and wood.
     
  8. severeuke

    severeuke Newbie

    Do you have a favourite software for designing?
     
  9. Engineer_Machinist

    Engineer_Machinist Moderator Staff Member

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    I have been making products for over 7yrs now at home in my shop. I have two Tormach PCNC mills and a pretty complete fab shop.. I call it a full time part-time job. Sales have continued to grow about 10% a year and I hope by the time I'm ready to retire I'll have a decent income from home to supplement my pensions. I just bought Solidworks this last year after using Alibre/Geomagic since 2008 when I started.
     
  10. Dave Sohlstrom

    Dave Sohlstrom Newbie

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    I designed, built and installed the steam engines on the model of the W. T Preston for Mike Jones using my home machine shop including CNC. Here is a link to the build thread for the Preston with a short video of the vessel in the water on a test pond for the first time.

    http://www.rcgroups.com/forums/showthread.php?t=1497645&page=118

    I've also done other model boat jobs.

    Dave
    Ariel, WA
     
  11. Engineer_Machinist

    Engineer_Machinist Moderator Staff Member

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    Welcome and thank you for sharing. And welcome from another WA resident although Eastern Montana is closer to me than you are in WA.
     
  12. Dave Sohlstrom

    Dave Sohlstrom Newbie

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    I see from your website that you are in Clarkston. My wife and I have grand kids in tricities. Good looking website.

    Dave
    Ariel, WA
     
  13. severeuke

    severeuke Newbie

    Pretty cool!
     
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  14. severeuke

    severeuke Newbie

    I'm going to ask the boss if its ok to use the CNC machine at work for personal projects on the weekends. Maybe get a little side line business going.
     
  15. severeuke

    severeuke Newbie

    update:

    I've begun making a few wall art items and selling them locally. Its not gonna make me rich but a little pocket money helps.
     
  16. Engineer_Machinist

    Engineer_Machinist Moderator Staff Member

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    I never planned to get rich, but it's nice to have a hobby that makes money.
     
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  17. severeuke

    severeuke Newbie

    I hear ya. So far some good pocket money. It helps.
     
  18. Joe Crumley Jr.

    Joe Crumley Jr. Newbie

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    The original question was, "Who is making money".

    Wouldn't it be nice to have more sign artists who have established business willing to post their work? Seems to me there are lots of fellows who could lead the way with their techniques and skills.

    Joe Crumley
     

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