COMMERCIAL VS HOBBY
As their name suggests, commercial CNC machines are larger in size. Their computer is usually built-in and they have a feedback system which monitors the machine’s progress and makes adjustments if required. Hobby CNC machines are particularly popular among woodworkers. They are smaller in size—sometimes referred to as desktop CNC machines—and their software program is generally hosted on an external PC.
ROUTER VS MILLING
CNC router and CNC milling machines are two of the most popular CNC machines today. While both cut materials, it’s the type of materials they cut which set them apart. CNC routers cut softer materials, such as wood or plastic. They perform the same tasks of carpentry tools, such as the panel saw, spindle moulder and boring machine. Meanwhile, CNC milling machines cut harder materials, such as metal. They are the most common CNC machine and use tools to remove material from a block or unit.