If you’re not getting your recommended daily allowance of sawdust and aluminum shavings, chances are you’re looking at desktop CNC milling machine options. There are A LOT more options that we had a year ago and boy are we glad to see it. Prices for most can still be in the thousands though. That’s why the MillRight CNC M3 is putting a smile on our face.

This desktop CNC machine is a fairly standard, quite simple 3-axis kit with a part, power and price combo that won’t break your exotic milling material budget. Though it’s as bare bones and basic as you can get, it sports features like NEMA 17 stepper motors, 9mm fiberglass reinforced GT2 timing belts and 260mmx260mm (10.25″x 10.25″) work area. It runs on an Arduino Uno control board, moving the table in one axis and the spindle in the other.

The MillRight CNC is on sale now for $299.00 USD (reg. $359.00), available through their store and shipping immediately. Options include a black epoxy finish, a homing switch kit and a rigidity kit.

Here’s a breakdown of the specs:

Cutting area: 260mm x 260mm x 50mm (10.25″ x 10.25″ x 2.00″)
Frame: CNC routed MDF
Motors: High torque NEMA 17 stepper motors
Belts: 9mm fiberglass reinforced GT2 timing belts
Attacments: Pronged tee nuts in work bed
Material: wood, plastics, printed circuit boards, thin aluminum
Extras needed:
CNC Clamps
Router (DEWALT DWP611PK recommended) $160.99
Router mount (Bosch Colt recommended) $34.50

For an additional $195 for the clamps, router and router mount, you’ll have a completely capable hobby level CNC machine atop your counter–at a grand total of $495. The MillRight website also has a resource section with assembly manual, milling settings, tutorials and everything else you need to get started with the machine.

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