CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) is a great industrial tool but nowadays it has become available for everyone, and alongside 3D printers and other instruments are now part of the arsenal of any DIY lover or maker.
But behind every great CNC machine, there is a great computer. So, if you’re looking for the best computer for CNC, we will provide a list of products that will help you choose the right one for you.
But first, we should talk about what features you should look for in a CNC ready computer.
What featured should I look for at a CNC PC?
Whan you are using a CNC machine, you will, most likely, work with CAD software or even with some 3D modeling software like Solidworks or Autodesk 3DS Max.
So, first things first, the CPU. For 2D programming uou don’t need a gaming processor but you would still loog for an Intel Core i5 from 8th generation or higher. For 3D modelling software you should raise the bar to a Intel Core i7 from 8th generation or higher.
For any CNC programming it is recommended to have at least 8 GB of RAM but going for 16 GB won’t hurt at all and you will have a future proof PC.
For graphics, an integrated GPU will do just fine with 2D programming but if you’re going for 3D modelling, you will need at leas a 2GB dedicated graphics card. The gaming cards should be OK, but the latest ones will be overkill for such a job.
You shouldn’t bother with storage, anything is good although SSD are faster so they will provide an advantage. With the display, the bigger, the better, no surprise there.
In the connectivity department you should look for USB Type-A ports and Ethernet port (the old RJ45 port). With that being said, let’s look at the best CNC PCs.
This post was written by Claudiu Andone and was first posted to WindowsReport
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