CNC ROUTERS

CNC Routers For Sale From The Experts

Our Range Of CNC Routers are fully tested to rigorous standards at our  32,000 square feet facility in Oldbury in the West Midlands.  With each range having high performance specifications and options spread across each model of CNC.

Our CNC routers come with standard features and equipment such as vacuum beds & vacuum pumps, extraction systems, high performance spindles like our 6KW & 9.0KW Air Cooled Electro Spindles and software.  We also have a number of upgrades which can be opted for upon ordering, speak to one of our Technical Sales team who will be able to discuss your needs.

All CNC Routers supplied by Mantech come with warranty ranging from 1-5 years and depending upon your business needs.  All Apollo & Merlin CNC Routers come with a standard warranty of 24 months.  Not only that but we also offer extended warranties and on-site maintenance programs to give you full peace of mind.

Automatic Tool Change CNC Routers are powerful, highly versatile CNC options for material such as wood, plastics, composites, foam, aluminium, brass, and much more.  At the heart of our ATC Routers is its high perfomance auto tool changing spindle system, manual tool changes are a thing of the past with this machine.

Don’t have the need for automatic tool change on your new CNC?  our Merlin range of CNC routers are the perfect choice.  Built to last with it’s rigid build and high quality components, our range of Merlin CNC routers come in a wide variety of bed sizes to suit all requirements.

Our JD range of CNC routers are suitable for smaller workshops and customers looking to dip their toes into CNC routing.  A great space saving CNC router system that may be small but still packs a good punch.

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Carbon Fibre CNC Example

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Closed Cell Foam CNC Example

What is a CNC Router?

CNC Routers (Or Computer Numerical Control router) can be used to process the tasks of other workshop machinery in one unit.  For example:

  • Panel Saw
  • Spindle Moulder
  • Boring machine

Instead of routing by hand, a CNC router uses toolpaths that are controlled by a computer numerical computer.  You can cut out both complex and simple shapes using designs that have been produced in software such as Vectric V Carve or Aspire (our CNC Routers come with V Carve).

A CNC Router is able to produce consistent and high quality output unlike traditional hand methods.  By using a CNC Router over a jig router, you will also be able to produce one-offs as effectively as producing identical repeat items.

Automation, precision are two of the key draws when purchasing a CNC Router machine. Using a CNC router reduces waste, frequency of errors and the time it takes to produce a product and get it to market.

Using your CNC Router, you can produce many different items such as:

interior and exterior decoration, wood panels, sign boards, instruments, furniture, worktops, kitchen carcasses, 3D engraving and so much more.

We have customers who use CNC routers in many different industries such as sign making, boat building, furniture making, aerospace, education, engineering, exhibition stand building, set and scenery manufacture and so much more.

Our CNC routers are across 3 ranges:

Automatic Tool Change CNC, Manual Tool Change CNC and our Starter CNC Range.

How To Cut Metal Including Aluminium On Your CNC Router.

CNC Router Vacuum Bed/Sacrificial Surface Best Practices

The concept of a vacuum bed is to pull together the surface of the component/board being processed, to the surface of the sacrificial board, creating lateral ‘friction’ between the two surfaces.The more surface area in contact, the more lateral grip can be achieved.

Large Surface area = more ‘grip’

Porous products tend not to ‘seal’ as well as ‘Non Porous’ such as Acrylic for example, as air can pass through them  but these tend to have a ‘rougher’ surface creating  more friction between the sacrificial board and the product, compensating. 

Alternatively Non porous materials i.e.Acrylic, ‘seal’ better so more pull down force is achieved to compensate for the smoother surface.

The correct size of neoprene gasket must be used, and one single length ‘per zone’, limiting the amount of joins to just 1, where air can be sucked through losing pressure applied to that zone when the component is placed above. Therefore restricting the flow, creating the ‘pull down required. It is important that the channels are completely free of debris and the neoprene gasket is not ‘stretched’ to fit in the perimeter channel, as this reduces the diameter of the seal causing an uneven surface for the sacrificial board to sit on. 

The seal must be laid over the perimeter groove of each zone and firmly pushed directly ‘down’ into the groove. When the perimeter is complete, the seal must be carefully cut and ‘butted’ together to complete the seal.

When the sacrificial layer is placed on the seal and the vacuum is switched on, the sacrificial board compresses the gasket if the zone is sealed correctly.

Once all Zones have the gasket fitted correctly the vacuum can be switched on and all pipework joints can be checked for leaks that may be causing a pressure drop in the circuit.

Again the concept of each ‘zone’ is that air can only flow through the fibres of the MDF within the area of that zone and directly in contact with the component being processed above. This effectively seals the circuit and affords maximum pull down on the component creating the lateral friction required, allowing the Vacuum pump to do its job.

In order to ensure the best possible lateral grip on the component, it is essential that both sides of the sacrificial surface are skimmed. This removes the ‘skin’ created during manufacture and increases air flow through the fibres of the MDF. This also ‘levels’ the sacrificial surface for accurate machining depth. You can purchase special tools for this from around £100 which save a considerable amount of time on large bed surfaces.

CNC Router Examples

We have a number of customers who produce kitchen worktops and bespoke designs from Corian and other solid surface materials.  Our Merlin and Apollo CNC Machines are the perfect partner for solid surface processing.

Our CNC Machine range are undeniably versatile. Drilling and cutting carbon fibre has never been easier with either of our Apollo or Merlin CNC  routers. 

Looking to produce tool box inserts or custom product protection?  To get the very best finish on your shadow tool foam inserts and custom designs, use a roughing tool first then a finishing tool to finalise the end product.

Cut Aluminium on a Mantech CNC Router

Easily cut aluminium on a Mantech CNC router.  Our CNC routers are fully capable of cutting aluminium sheet.  We recommend using a tool lubricant to ensure you produce the very best results.

MFC cutting and grooving is a very simple task for all Mantech CNC Routers, whether you opt for an automatic tool change or a manual tool change machine. Perfect for industry such as furniture and kitchen fabrication.

Cut acrylic on a Mantech CNC Router

Every Mantech CNC router machine will also cut and engrave plastics such as acrylic.  If used correctly you can also use a CNC router to not only cut and engrave but also polish the edges of your material.  This would be achieved using a final pass and ‘skimming off’ a small amount of material.

Cut & Engrave MDF On a Mantech CNC Router Machine

We have a vast number of customers who process all sorts of materials on their Mantech CNC.  Especially in the furniture and kitchen industry, where MDF is used in a wide variety of applications.

With our CNC router range you are easily able to produce all kinds of products using materials like Foam board or Foamex.  Our CNC routers are of course more than powerful enough to cut through even the thickest of foam board.

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Want to speak to someone?

Buying a CNC Router is a big step for any business and you want to know you’re purchasing the right machine that matches your business needs.  This is where our Technical Sales team will help you make the right choice.  

Why not give us a call on 0121 541 1444

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