New Hyde Park, NY—Alow-cost ($20,000) CNC router from Techno-Isel and CAD/CAM software changed yoga instructor Horvath's labor of love into a going concern. "The machine helped turn my new exercise concept into a profitable business," says Horvath.
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The base and support elements are made of wood while other components are machined aluminum. Horvath started out building wooden components with a jig saw. But it took too long to build each machine, because the jigsaw's lack of precision required each part to be individually fitted. "It took so long to build, that it was impossible to be profitable," Horvath explains.
A computerized router changed all that. The tool cuts the time required to build the machines by 80%, Horvath says, estimating that a single order for five machines last year paid for the router. Horvath himself is computer illiterate, but he has a friend who converts his sketches into AutoCAD drawings then uses a CNC programming package called Mastercam from CNC Software (Tolland, CT) to produce a file that the router understands.
Once the program is finished, Horvath simply loads a piece of wood and pushes a few buttons to start the machine.
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