Choosing a Heavy Duty Router Table
If you are looking to create shapes from sheet metal or any other type of material you are going to need a few very specific supplies. The most obvious are cutting tools, but when you are dealing with industry of any kind, you are going to need to make sure you have the right tools, and the most precise tools.
Precision is always going to be critical, as you will find, for a few different reasons. For one thing, it will help to ensure that you have a decent product, one that your customers will be happy to use. For another, you will find that by producing your product quicker with a heavy duty router table, you will bring in more money. The choice is yours, and with the decreasing price of heavy duty router tables, you won’t have to wait long to find out what works best for you!
What is a Heavy Duty Router Table?
A CNC router is essentially a cutting machine, but it is computer controlled and certain paths can be programmed into the machine to ensure that the product is not only created, but is created precisely to specifications. By using this method, you will ensure that all of your products are identical rather than each one having subtle differences. This also allows for interchangeable parts which significantly raises your product value.
There are many different configurations in which a router table may come in, but there are a few specific parts that any CNC router table must have:
- Dedicated CNC Controller
- Spindle Motors
- Servo Motors
- Stepper Motors
- Servo Amplifiers
- AC Inverter Drives
- Linear Guides
- Ball Nuts
- Work Table
- Vacuum Pumps
While we are here, let’s take a quick look at a few different table types that you might consider adding to your operation.
ZR Series CNC Table
The ZR series is outstanding for those who put great emphasis on computer numerical control routing. In addition to that it is outstanding with acrylic, giving a great edge finish. Some of the best used materials on the table include:
- Non-Ferrous Metals
The XR series is a great representative of high-precision CNC Routers and is often considered to be the best value in a full size table. The XR encompasses both CNC plasma cutting as well as CNC routing. It can either be a well rounded table for your operation, or it can simply do plasma as an exclusive. The choice is yours, ultimately. Finally, the XR is a good choice if you wish to do extensive 3D relief work as well as acrylic push-thru letters.
While the options for these tables used to be somewhat limited, you now have plenty of options, allowing you to make the best choice for high-precision CNC Routers. It’s all in your hands now!