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Budget PCB router

  1. Feb 9, 2010 #1
    Do any of you guys have a PCB router? Do you know of one for less than $1,000?
     
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  3. Feb 9, 2010 #2

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    Do you mean a router to cut PCBs out of a multi-up panel? Or do you mean a PCB milling machine like the LPKF machines to let you mill a 2-sided PCB from copper clad?

    http://www.lpkfusa.com/protomat/index.htm

    If the latter, I know of a consultant who has an LPKF milling machine here in Silicon Valley. I can give you his contact info if you want it.
     
  4. Feb 9, 2010 #3
    I'm currently looking into this myself. I'm starting to lean towards a zenbot router with a wolfgang engineering spindle. Comments I have read on forums around the web seem to be favourable to these products. I think you could expect to pay around $1500 for the lot however, which is still a good price.
     
  5. Feb 10, 2010 #4
    This looks like a good option. Has anyone used a zenbot to engrave PCBs? Can it get the traces pretty narrow?
     
  6. Feb 10, 2010 #5
    Apparently the wolfgang spindle is excelent for PCBs with narrow traces, there are some videos on youtude demonstrating. Can't say about the zenbot however.
     
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