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Our customers are very satisfied, making money, and having fun. They are making lots of cool things with the Pilot Pro CNC




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 CNC equipment.


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 as well.

We have been doing this for years and have lots of experience designing machines.
Make sure you get the original products made here!

This is the machine that makes you money.
Most CNC’s 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.

We would 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.

We would never use ACME lead-screws for the same reasons. Ball screws are the best for this application, no backlash, long life, high precision, high loads.
Update; 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.
Our frame is made from solid and heavy extruded high quality 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, etc.

We offer a trim router as a default router but this machine can handle much larger routers, spindles and other tools.

The parts 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.

Our goal 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.

It is 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.

In the 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.

Specifications:

-Max milling area (W x L x H):
   Pilot Pro Ex Rails 2626 the model number is the travel ~ X = 26" Y = 26" Z = 4.5"

-Machine footprint (W x L x H) - ~ add 13" to X travel, add 16.75" to Y travel, Z = 14.5"
-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 anti-backlash nuts.
-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 (<0.015mm) (0.0006").
-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 - not included).
-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









Cutting aluminum - 1/8" thick sheet of aluminum for an experimental rotor hub.

Simply the 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.
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*SAVE MONEY - MAKE MONEY - BY CONVERTING THE ROUTER TO THESE SPECIAL USES*

*LASER CUTTING AND ENGRAVING - Adding a 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.


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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.

For engraving 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.
CNC wood projects - pictures, carving, engraving, parts.
Cool projects - science projects, school projects, DIY projects, and club projects.
Multi functional - 3D digitizer, dispensing, gluing, automated testing, and additive prototyping.
PCB milling, PCB engraving or PCB routing of circuit boards. PCB drilling and PCB testing.
CNC robot and robotics projects.
Arts and crafts, cut vinyl, paper, wood, plastic, 3D carving and engraving.
Invent - build prototypes for inventing and experimenting.
Education - robotic manufacturing, CNC routing, CNC machining, science models, physics projects, machines, electronics, woodworking, CAD, CAM. Great for schools.
Electronics projects - circuit boards, make enclosures, boxes, cases, labels, panels, and parts.
Mechatronics - Electro / Mechanical parts.
Mold making for castings
Scroll saw projects - makes parts faster and more accurate.
Homemade gifts and other projects.
Hobby CNC projects of all types, RC projects, and model making.
CNC projects of all types.
Robotics projects - build parts or complete machines.
Science fair projects - CNC precision parts for demonstrations.
Fab at home - use to make parts for fun and profit
Desktop CNC routing for ease, and convince.
Science experiments of all types.
Pattern making, template making, inlays, and onlays.
Rubber stamps.
Wood clocks.
Wood furniture.
Plasma torch cutting.
Laser cutting and engraving.
Cabinet making.
Digital cutting for soft metals.
Boat building.
Plastic fabrication.
Rapid prototyping.
More productive than Carvewright and Compucarve