Personal CNC Mill vs CNC Router vs CNC Mill vs Vertical Machining Center

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  • This page aims to clear up some confusion / Terminology Hell around CNC Mills and CNC Routers
  • "Desktop CNC" / "CNC Machine" etc often fill a grey area between personal cnc mill, and cnc mill

Personal CNC Mills

  • These are desktop units, typically in the low to mid 100 USD's scale, and often don't have many features built in
  • Examples:

CNC Router

CNC Mill

  • Can be desktop, but may need it's own table/mount
  • High Power Spindle + Integrated Flood Cooling
  • Can be enclosed, but doesn't have to be
  • Can cut Steel etc

Vertical Machining Center

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