I have had both of my tracks CNC'd.
The first was cut out of one piece of MDF 3600 x 1800.
I was able to get that routered ( with a rebate for the braid) in 4 pieces and it cost me $215 including the MDF.
My other track was much larger. It measured 6 m x 2.4m
This was also CNC'd with the rebate. It required 6 sheets of 2400 x 1200 MDF and it cost me $540 includung the MDF and delivery. I was actually surprised at how cheap that seemed, but the job was great.
I fully get the point made in another thread
"Guy's remember these CNC machines may be worth anything up to half a million dollar plus machines. Hourly rates a pretty high
to run a CNC.
I know what our new track was worth to be done here at Thunderbirds and $750 would not have paid for a bend on our track that's how expensive ours was ".
In my line I charge by the hour so I absolutely understand that and I know that these machines can cost plenty and that people need to cover costs. 1 hour is the same for everyone everywhere. And I certainly do not begrudge anyone making a dollar. I am all for it. My point is that if you shop around a bit you might find someone who can do it quite reasonably. I have never even held a router so the thought of doing it myself was a bit daunting. That's why I spent a bit of time hunting around getting a few quotes.
M3Fanatic was quoted $750 for a job that I got done for $215. Maybe there is more competition in Melbourne and that meant I could get a much lower price. Dunno but it is a huge difference. And yes there were some places that wanted mega bucks to do the job. It may work out cheaper to get it done on 2400 x 1200 sheets. As I understand there are more machines around that can handle that size sheet. Not many can do the 1800.
What I am really saying is don't automatically assume CNC routering will be too expensive. Take a little bit of time, do some homework and check it out and shop around. For me on both occaisions CNC was a no brainer, but for some others who have skills in that area then doing it yourself may be the best option. Weigh up the facts and take the path that best suits you.
Edited by Stubbo, 02 May 2012 - 07:21 PM.