Bantam Tools has launched its newest machine, the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine, fitted with a spindle capable of 28,000 RPM, automatic material location, Fusion 360 integration and toolpath templates for ease of use.
Designed to close the gap between ‘hobbyist models’ and professional machines, the desktop CNC milling machine has a 16mm solid aluminium frame and 20mm shafts to ensure it can stand up to tough jobs, taking its unladen desk weight to a hefty 32Kg.
There’s a decent amount of working volume, at 177 x 229 x 89mm, and it is capable of cutting aluminium, brass, steel, copper, wood, linoleum, engineering plastics and machining wax.
For the launch, much of the talk is about how the company has optimised the desktop CNC for machining aluminium, citing its 1/4inch tooling and 28,000 RPM spindle, which Bantam says “clears away more material, faster”.
“The Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine will be the gateway to CNC milling,” says Bantam Tools CEO Bre Pettis.
“We have built the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine from the ground up, creating an easy-to-use machine that pairs with our intuitive software and can get product designers, educators, and engineers making, prototyping, and building right out of the box.”
In addition to its high speed and design for ease-of-use, the desktop solution has Autodesk Fusion 360 integration and toolpath templates that aim to allow CAD designers with limited CAM experience to machine parts like a pro using an ‘Auto-CAM’ solution.
This feature looks to help anyone who has experience with Fusion 360 start milling quickly and easily.
G-code integration is standard, with Import SVG files and automatic 2D toolpaths are generated natively in the Bantam Tools Milling Machine Software, while it also provides a 3D realtime view of the design.
DEVELOP3D readers can place a discounted pre-order at bantamtools.com for an introductory price of $3,599, with shipping expected to begin in 6-8 weeks.
“One of the main reasons we decided to make the Bantam Tools Desktop CNC Milling Machine is to close the gap between hobby-grade and professional-grade CNC machines,” said Pettis. “We’re offering product designers, engineers, and educators who prototype the ability to reliably machine aluminium and other materials at an entry level price point.
“Because this machine is perfectly suited to explore, teach, learn, and prototype, we know it’ll be a welcomed boon to both educators and product designers.”