What is the difference between a CNC router and a CNC mill?
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What is the difference between a CNC router and a CNC mill?

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What is the difference between a CNC router and a CNC mill?

CNC Router and CNC Milling Machine are two very similar products. They have a lot in common in design and function, and even if you don't pay attention to the details, it is perfectly possible to classify the two products into one category. However, although it can be said, the two products are still different. Although not obvious, it is enough to distinguish between two products. Here are some of the more obvious differences. For more detailed differences, you can refer to the detailed product manual.


1 different precision


In general, the CNC Router is not as accurate as the CNC milling machine. Although CNC Router Machine and CNC milling machines are designed to cut materials, in reality, CNC Routers tend to cut softer materials, such as wood, plastic, foam, etc. CNC Router Machine can also be used to cut softer. Metal, for example, aluminum. In addition, most of the harder materials use CNC Router is not very suitable. The CNC Router Machine is suitable for materials with short cutting times. The CNC milling machine and the CNC Router are the opposite. CNC milling machines are advantageous for cutting harder materials. It can perform long cuts to ensure a harder material can be cut successfully. The difference in material orientation between the two machines also leads to differences in accuracy. The CNC milling machine guarantees continuous operation for a long time, while the CNC Router Machine is designed to cut soft materials. The difference in working time also reflects the difference in accuracy.


2 different details when cutting


In actual use, the CNC Router Machine is often used to cut large materials. From a logical point of view, it is basically impossible to move the workpiece during the cutting process. If the material being cut is wood, there are some possibilities. But if the material being cut is stone, then it takes too much time and effort to move the material. Therefore, at the beginning of the design of the CNC Router, only the drill bit needs to be moved, and the drill bit can move freely in the X, Y and Z directions. Material cutting is only required by moving the probe to the correct position.

The CNC milling machine is different. When the CNC milling machine is cutting, the drill moves only in the Z-axis direction. At the same time, the workpiece can be moved in the X and Y directions, which means that the CNC milling machine does not cut too much material.


3 different torque and speed


A mill generally cuts slow RPM, from 3,000 to 5,000 with a lot of torque. A router will usually run 10 times that with 30,000 to 50,000 RPM with much less torque.


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