Originally Posted by ATLballaz
Hell no, I am going the affordable method and it is scary enough.
I found a used machine that is 4th and 5th axis for around 20% of that number Lurker.
You better have that checked out by a experienced machinist/programmer. $20,000 is cheap for a 5 axis machine. even used
Have you thought about this? You will need... Spare Machine parts (machines break) Support (you cant fix everything by your self) Tooling, Rigging, 3 phase Power for the machines, Fixtures Other workholding vises, clamps etc How your even gone to program a five axis machine? You will need cad/cam package.. plus Coolant, way oil, misc screws, air compressor, measuring equipment list goes on and on.
Your talking tooling for three machines.. I hope you have big budget... I think we spent $10,000 tooling up our new lathe right off the bat
The machine is the cheap part.
So you should be dropping around $100,000+
Plus the your salary paying the guy to teach you... your looking at $50+ an hour (realistically $80-$100)