BobsCNC Evolution 3 CNC Router Engraver Kit
A CNC router works differently than a laser cutting machine. Instead of burning through the material with a concentrated beam of heat, CNC routers use friction to cut into (or through) material like wood. The way it works is like a very precise drill that can be controlled via computer software and can cut material both side-to-side and in-and-out.
Laser technology is cool, no doubt, but it has some downsides. If you want to accomplish everything you can do with a laser cutter without the actual laser beam component, consider a CNC cutter instead. Our favorite is the BobsCNC Evolution 3 CNC Router Engraver Kit.
The Technical Specs
The 600-watt BobCNC Evolution 3 Router brings a lot to the table at its price point under $1,000.
With its dimensions of 27 inches by 32 inches by 21 inches, the BobsCNC Evolution 3 is a reasonable desktop size. The machine gives you plenty of working area, with a spillboard bed size of 18 inches by 16 inches. It can also accommodate materials of greater depth than you find in a laser printer like Glowforge, with a maximum depth of 3.3 inches.
The BobsCNC Evolution 3 kit includes all components of the router machine itself—the frame, the router, the rail system, the belts, the switches, and more—with assembly required. The kit also includes a couple of introductory bits used for cutting and engraving.