inventors, scientists, researchers, businesses, and
succeed with CNC!
Our customers are very satisfied, making money, and
having fun. They are making lots of cool things with the Pilot
The Pilot Pro CNC router
is made with high quality components but offered at a
low price. It is a solid design that offers fast
rapids and precision movement. We use precision parts
like 8020 heavy duty aluminum extrusions, Hiwin rails
and no backlash ball screws. All the aluminum is
aircraft 6061 grade. And all the parts are machined on
We are very flattered when the Pilot Pro CNC is copied or
imitated by others. However, we are disappointed in the dog eat
dog approach by other CNC sellers. A lot of People Bootleg our
DVD and sell it as their own. Others will use our product name
to direct traffic to their site-
This company is using deceptive advertising to drive traffic to
their site which has inferior designed toys at a much higher
price! On one hand it is nice to know that they think so highly
of our product, but on the other hand it really is bad business
practice to trick people, and if you look at what they offer you
will see many flaws.
We have also noticed other CNC sellers posting on social media
as "Joe Smow" that band A is the best. Again, if you look at
what they are selling you will see many flaws in their designs
We have been doing this for years and have lots of experience
Make sure you get the original products made here!
This is the machine that makes you
are a copycat design as the Pilot Pro has been
out for some time as a dual drive. We went this
route long ago because we would not sell a
machine we would not want to use ourselves and a
single driver is under powered and has racking
due to the wide span of the gantry. Even though
these copycat designs are based on the Pilot Pro
design a lot of corners are cut to get their
cost down, we feel that a quality machine is
worth the cost considering it is not much more
for a great machine.
never use rods for the X and Y axis. This is
because rods are inferior in quality and load
capability. Long rods and self-aligning bearings
are only used in low precision, low load, and
low cost applications. Short runs
with fixed-aligned bearings are acceptable.
never use ACME lead-screws for the same reasons.
Ball screws are the best for this application,
no backlash, long life, high precision, high
We now go with 2.5 turns per inch lead screws
and more than double our drive speed. The new
screws we are using are tight and our motors
drive them very nicely! We used to and still
can drive our machines with the industry
standard of 5 turns per inch.
is made from solid and heavy duty extruded high
quality 6061 aircraft grade aluminum. It is an
open frame design so you can use multiple
cutters or use the machine in non-conventional
ways like automated testing, gluing, extruding,
A table top includes a waste board and these are
easy to add and can be made of MDF, HDF (finer
partials than MDF), PVC, Trespa, Nylon, etc.
Most large machines have a replaceable MDF / PVC
top. The ribs we use as cross members can be
increased as well. The difference between this
and a T-track aluminum table top is quality.
T-track tops are made very thin and do not hold
up well. Our rib T-tracks are much thicker and
stronger then standard T-track tops. Also these
tops are often cut into by mistake and damaged,
and they do not offer a precision surface to
work on so you need to add a wast board anyway.
typical table top / waste board combo is 3/4"
MDF for the top and 3/4" HDF for the replaceable
waste board (work surface).
a trim router as a default router but this
machine can handle much larger routers, spindles
and other tools.
we use are very expensive but if you are going
to spend money on a machine you should buy
quality because the whole idea of owning a CNC
is to have the ability to make high quality
parts. A low end machine or a design that cuts
corners will only frustrate you. I have heard
from many uses that start out with low cost
machines that they just cannot get the
performance out of them and now it is time to
get a real machine.
is to get everybody CNC'ing with a machine that
is worthy of our own use. A machine that can do
a verity of jobs and do them all perfectly. The
Pilot Pro cost a bit more due to the superior
components so we have done a number of things to
help users out. We offer it in kit form or
assembled, we offer plans and parts, and we have
the best customer assistance we can possibly
give. Each machine comes with a DVD that has
information for building many accessories to
help you save money or you can order them from
us. Some people enjoy building a machine others
want to start using the machine right away. We
want to accommodate everyone because CNC'ing is
a way of life for us and it should be made
available to everyone.
true just about anyone can make a CNC, however,
it seems most do not follow good design rules
and practices. At the high end you have
companies with huge overhead and high prices. At
the low end you have companies that use inferior
parts and low prices. We have the middle ground
to serve you best, high end parts, low overhead,
and reasonable prices.
past we tried using low end components to
lower costs but the performance was so bad
we could not continue down that road. Think
about this, in order to offer a CNC, PC,
software, and other items in a package deal
for under $3500 the cost of the machine
components must be low. We
prefer to keep costs low by keeping our
focus on building quality machines and let
the user decide the options needed.
-Max milling area (W x L x H):
-Machine footprint (W x L x H) - ~ add
13" to X travel, add
16.75" to Y travel, Z = 14.5"
Pilot Pro Ex Rails 2626 the model number is the travel ~ X = 26" Y =
26" Z = 4.5"
-Max Z axis clearance 4.75" but can be adjusted.
-Working area is unlimited
In the Length.
-Rigid 8020 frame with massive gantry.
-Precision ground rails.
-12 precision linear recirculating ball bearing blocks.
-16m (~5/8") diameter precision lead screws, 5.08 TPI with
-X/Y/Z accuracy / resolution Precision rolled, class 5
accuracy, Better than JIS (<±50 μm / 300 mm ).
-Ball nuts are single ballnut with very low backlash
-All lead screws are mounted
at both ends with a pre-loaded ball bearing assembly.
-Spindle motor - Porter Cable router, model number 7301
(standard - larger router optional).
-4 Stepper drivers rated at 1.3 to 4.2 Amps each
-4 NEMA 23 Stepper motors rated at 567 oz-in bipolar.
-DVD with CAD / CAM programs and setup information for
operating the Pilot
Pro CNC (The
Pilot Pro CNC and Projects DVD).
-Surface milled stock for precise assembly.
-Diameter of tool shank 1/4" or 1/8" (with adapter), up to
1/2" with larger router.
-Computer requirements any PC running Windows.
-Power requirements 115Vac at ~1380W (standard outlet) or
230Vac / router is rated for 115Vac.
-Operations Mill, Drill, carve, 3D Route, engraving,
plasma, and additive rapid 3D prototyping (with dispenser -
-Control Software Most programs will work. Lite versions
of Mach3, Kcam, DeskCNC included.
-PCB Layout Eagle Light (free for non-commercial use)
-Shipped Some assembly required, tabletop not included
aluminum - 1/8" thick sheet of aluminum for an experimental
best designed and built router in its class, with features not
found on the others! The Pilot Pro CNC router has been engineered for both
precision and affordability. The
Pilot Pro is manufactured using state of the art precision
CNC equipment. The Pilot
Pro has features and
abilities of machines costing much more. This design is
dedicated to all those who need precision parts now and at a
very low cost.
*SAVE MONEY - MAKE MONEY - BY
CONVERTING THE ROUTER TO THESE SPECIAL USES*
laser is easy and makes all this and more.
*VINYL CUTTER, GLASS CUTTER, PEN HOLDER - These
options really increase the CNC possibilities.
*PLASMA CUTTER - Add a plasma torch mount and
plasma cutter, and start cutting metal with ease.
*RAPID PROTOTYPING - Add a dispenser and you are
ready to make additive 3D prototypes.
GETTING STARTED CNC ROUTING
The CNC works on the Cartesian coordinate
system (X, Y, Z) for 3D motion control.
If you have a
need for high quality parts then you need a CNC. This is a
computer numerically controlled cutting tool. This gives the
computer a printer like ability to drive a CNC machine to
make parts for you. The extra stuff you need depends on what
you want to do.
and general purpose cutting all you need is some material to
engrave or cut on and an engraving or cutting tool bit. The
DVD has shareware programs to convert CAD files used for
milling, drilling, engraving and cutting, and for
controlling the router from the printer port.
Take a file of
a picture or part and convert it to g-code. Clamp the work
piece down and then use the driver program to zero the CNC
and run the g-code file. This will command the CNC to make
the desired parts for you, quickly and accurately. Use it
for all kinds of projects to make PCBs, gears, molds, etc.
CNC router applications include-
Sign making - wood, plastic, foam, vinyl, and
electronic LED signs.
projects - pictures, carving, engraving, parts.
projects - science projects, school projects, DIY
projects, and club projects.
functional - 3D digitizer, dispensing, gluing, automated
testing, and additive prototyping.
milling, PCB engraving or PCB routing of circuit boards.
PCB drilling and PCB testing.
and robotics projects.
crafts, cut vinyl, paper, wood, plastic, 3D carving and
build prototypes for inventing and experimenting.
- robotic manufacturing, CNC routing, CNC machining,
science models, physics projects, machines, electronics,
woodworking, CAD, CAM. Great for schools.
projects - circuit boards, make enclosures, boxes, cases,
labels, panels, and parts.
- Electro / Mechanical parts.
making for castings
projects - makes parts faster and more accurate.
gifts and other projects.
projects of all types, RC projects, and model making.
projects of all types.
projects - build parts or complete machines.
fair projects - CNC precision parts for demonstrations.
home - use to make parts for fun and profit
CNC routing for ease, and convince.
experiments of all types.
Pattern making, template
making, inlays, and onlays.
cutting and engraving.
cutting for soft metals.
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