Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Cheapest/best kit available?

Another option is to get a kit from Zen Toolworks. They seem to be the best option for DIY kits in the size and price range I want (small and affordable).

Cost would be:
Kit - $329
Spindle - $70 - not the best but I think a good start and the benefit is it's built to fit. Could replace motor afterwards maybe?

Still needs power supply and controller board.

Zen sells a controller board for $130 but I think I could DIY one for a lot cheaper. The part used by the Mantis is unfortunately SMD-only. Other options?

Looks like total cost then of ~$500. Not great, but better than $350 + endless time.



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