CNC ArticlesPhone: 516-328-3970www.technocnc.com119at the time I bought it so I couldnt see it in action locally. But I did visit someone nearby using an earlier Techno machine based on similar technology and I fell in love with it at fi rst sight. The machine was clearly very versatile and its owner told me that it required very little maintenance.The ability to add wood and plastic to our signs has added an important new dimension to our business, Wortman said. We have taken photos of people, their pets, their property, and anything else that is near and dear to them and carved them into wood with the router. In some cases, we inlay the wood pieces into metal signs or ornaments. We are also carving I started browsing the Internet looking for computerized numerical control (CNC) routers that could meet my requirements. The critical issues for me were that I needed the ability to produce large signs to a high level of accuracy in order to produce inlays with a tight fit and complicated 3D images. I didnt have any problem fi nding machines with these features but the cost was beyond what I could afford, $30,000 and up in nearly every case. It was beginning to look like it would be impossible to take advantage of this market opportunity that seemed to have so much potential.Then Wortman heard about TechnosnewlowcostLCseriesCNCrouting system. This machine provides a number of critical features that allow it to deliver accuracy to a level that has previously only been available from machines at a much higher cost. Ball screws are provided on all three axes, offering smooth motion, a high level of accuracy and repeatability, and minimal maintenance. A closed-loop servo control system provides constant position feedback, higher power, and smooth continuous motion that eliminates the possibility of losing position in the middle of a part. The LC series machine includes a heavy steel ground stress-relieved base and an aluminum T-Slot table that can be easily converted to a vacuum table by installing the Techno vacuum table accessory kit. The machine comes fully assembled and includes Technos Windows-based CNC G-code Interface with free lifetime software upgrades. No comparable machines at this price with this accuracyThe LC series was the only machine I have seen that has everything I need at a price that I can afford, Wortman said. The machine was brand newTechno routers interface with all industry standard G-code CAD/CAM sample pack-ages.pictures into tabletops, cabinetry, headboards, and other furniture or crafts. With the CNC router, the only limitation is your imagination. Clients have asked us to create carvings that show views from their property, wildlife from their pictures, custom cars and many other designs. The wood inlays add character, warmth and personality to traditional silhouette signs. We can offer this type of product at a very reasonable price because nearly all of them are created from digital or scanned conventional photos with very little manual effort. These are jobs that would have been absolutely impossible to do with power tools. The new machine has also greatly increased the speed with which we can do the simpler 2D routed signs, such as plain lettering.Wortman said that the economics of the new machine are difficult to argue with. My investigation showed that this new machine provides the accuracy and size needed to produce high-quality 3D images at the lowest possible price, he said. By increasing our capabilities, it has opened up several new markets while reducing our costs for producing standard wood components. Just as important, the added value provided by the wood inlays has increased the price that we can get for our existing products such as silhouette signs and furniture. Spending money on an expensive piece of machinery is always a diffi cult decision for a small, family-owned business. But when you can quickly get your investment back through increased revenues, it makes the decision much easier. All in all, the low cost and high quality of the new Techno LC series machine offers an unbeatable proposition for any small sign maker that does not currently have the capability to accurately reproduce 3D images.Techno CNC systems are so easy to use that customers start producing parts right away.