If you desperately need a CNC router, or you’ve just got too much money, check out the Routermate. The photos on the web page fooled me at first, and I thought this was just a tool for carving letters into wood. But the videos on the site give a better idea of the machine’s power — it can drill and mill aluminum tubing and thick sheets of aluminum and wood.
You plan your cuts with the included Windows software, and from there it’s all motorized — the router just buzzes along. The company offers coolant sprays for cuts into plastic or metals and also a couple of dust collection options.
The Routermate starts at $15,000 for the 2′ by 4′ unit and goes up to almost $190,000 for the 10′ by 40′ one, with many sizes in between.