CNC milling machines and CNC lathes for sculpture/statues

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Tim in Birmingham, Alabama

78 months ago

Hi, I'm very new to CNC machining so please forgive the ignorance of my questions! Basically, I own a small art foundry and am wanting to branch out into using CNC milling machines and lathes to help me in making high relief sculptures and statues (they would range from quite small to 7 meters high and be made in materials such as foam, wood, and stone).

For a large CNC 4 or 5 axis milling machine or lathe to do the sculptures that are up to 7 meters high, I see that there are new machines from makers like OMAG that are around $200,000. Does anyone know if you can get machines that are used or refurbished that can handle such projects for cheaper, or would these older models not be capable of doing such intricate work?

Let's say I wanted to start smaller with a 4 or 5 axis machine or lathe that could handle a statue which is less than a meter high. Anyone know price ranges for such a machine, either new or used/refurbished?

Thanks for any info,

Tim

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Henry in Greenville, Texas

78 months ago

Get a 5 axis cnc router with Allen Bradley controls. Buy a used one from a machine broker. Henry.

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Fletcher in Thousand Oaks, California

77 months ago

4 or 5 axis machining is pretty specialized. If you are just getting into CNC, you will probably have a hard time programming one (though with Mastercam or other software, it's getting a lot easier, of course). How intricate is the work you want to do?

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Ken Cassidy in Seminole, Florida

73 months ago

Youll want to start off with a router becouse of the 5x10 table and use cad/cam to make molds for your statues.I personally know and helped my friend with styrofoam design.We machine the plastic mold and inject the chemicals to produce columns and sills and other artitechule products.The old fashion way was fiberglass overlay of a design and a casting was made and concrete was poured in(time consuming)now builders are using foam and synthetics stucco.You need more info contact me at kenc@technicalinventions.com

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Ken Cassidy in Seminole, Florida

73 months ago

Youll want to start off with a router becouse of the 5x10 table and use cad/cam to make molds for your statues.I personally know and helped my friend with styrofoam design.We machine the plastic mold and inject the chemicals to produce columns and sills and other architectural products.The old fashion way was fiberglass overlay of a design and a casting was made and concrete was poured in(time consuming)now builders are using foam and synthetics stucco.You need more info contact me at kenc@technicalinventions.com

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