I recently retired from active military duty and I have been always interested in making my own CNC. Now that I have some time to myself, and a few pounds in budget (around 5500 EGP, or about $700). I know this is modest but I have a plan.
I am looking to setup a small router, based on my own design but inspired by some various designs I have been gathering all around in about 30 sites or there abouts. I was also inspired by the rise in 3d printing. The measurement of the router will be 1.2 by 0.3 (meters). The base material will be MDF which is moisture-resistant, and timber that has been cut to precision.
For the axes, I would prefer the x and y axes to be from accuride linear motion tracks (and even the carriages will feature the same). Due to my said budget, I am thinking of using draw slides, so long as they are of good quality.
I am also thinking of using Nema steppers, though I am not yet sure which one to use. Unfortunately, I am completely unsure of which electronic setup to go for, though I am drawn to an Arduino setup.
I am looking for success stories, especially with guys who have succeeded in doing this sort of thing before. I am looking forward to expert advice, as I think it will be of immesse help seeing as I have a limited budget. Thank you all!