LongMill Benchtop CNC

(324 customer reviews)

From: $1,200.00

The LongMill is a powerful and affordable hobby CNC router perfect for any workshop.

Scale it to your needs by choosing from one of it’s three flavours: 12×12, 12×30, and 30×30.

The machine name roughly corresponds to its cutting area in inches and each machine has 113mm (~4.4″) of Z-axis travel.

What sets the LongMill apart:

  • Simple and reliable design ➜ angle-aluminum plus thick steel gantries makes for a rigid and dependable machine
  • Lead screw driven on all axes
  • Mounts directly to any surface you wish ➜ freedom to integrate clamps or custom jigs that suit your work style
  • Tall cutting height ➜ don’t be limited when you want to cut large, intricate 3D surfaces or flatten large lumber slabs
  • Proudly made in Canada

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Description

Turn your ideas into a reality with the LongMill Benchtop CNC

The LongMill helps you take your woodworking and fabrication to the next level. Its range of workable materials include: any species of wood, a variety of plasticssoft metals like aluminum and brass, and a variety of machinable foams and waxes for model making or metal casting. Make signs, engravings, mid-size furniture, stands and shelves, wooden toys and games, guitar bodies, and much more! (see more in our Gallery)

We offer our machine because CNC technology opens up a whole new world of making capabilities, especially to those who have a limited shop environment or budget. Our goal is to empower you by giving you access to both a machine that’s capable of a wide range of projects, and by assuring you of the assistance that you’ll receive from our team as well as our ever-growing community of machine owners: many of whom started off green to the world of CNC as well but are now happy to share what they’ve learned along the way. (see our Facebook group and Forum). We provide a complete set of resources and instructions to get you on your way to running your first job on your machine.

We designed the LongMill to be the best hobby CNC router in its class, offering rigidity, and reliability, while being easy to put together. With large extruded aluminum rails, fully supported Y-axes, 1/4″ steel gantries on all axes, and high precision MG-12 type linear guides on the Z-axis, the LongMill is the most powerful CNC router in its class and price point.

Every kit comes with all the…

Assembly only takes a few hours and can be done with a set of wrenches, Allen keys, and a flat head screwdriver. There is absolutely no soldering. We’ve spent thousands of hours designing and testing the LongMill to ensure that this machine is easy to put together. If you can put together IKEA furniture, then putting together the LongMill will be a breeze.

What do you provide?

  • Your own wasteboard/spoilboard (found at your local hardware store), this is the surface that you’ll be mounting your machine to. See the ‘Size’ tab above for more info.
  • A router (purchase one from us, use one you already have, or find one at your local hardware store/online)*
  • Tools to assemble the machine (wrenches, Allen keys, flat head screwdriver)

For routers, we recommend the Makita RT0700/RT0701. It’s reliable, powerful, is speed-adjustable to a large range (10-30K RPM), and its uniform outer body allows for versatile z-axis mounting. We’ve been using the Makita on our CNC machines for years.

There are some other compatible trim routers on the market that you could use – bear in mind we haven’t tested any of these in-depth:

  • Dewalt DWP611 (uses 71mm mount)
  • Carbide 3D Compact Router (uses 65mm mount)
  • Avid Power MW104 (uses 65mm mount)
  • MLCS Rocky 30 9056 (uses 65mm mount)
  • Ridgid R2401 (needs to adapt from 61mm to our 80mm mount to clear it’s ~6x15mm protruding body notch)
  • Bosch Colt PR20EVS (uses 71mm mount but sits much higher up than normal, you’ll have to space up your material)
  • Bosch Colt GKF125 (needs to adapt from 72mm to our 80mm mount, also sits much higher up than normal)

The LongMill can accommodate bore sizes of 52, 65, 71, and 80mm,  Don’t see your router listed? Let us know the diameter of your router so that we can make an adapter. 

Please note that routers/spindles which are…

  • Over 2.7kg/6lbs
  • Wider than 80mm/3″

…may not be compatible. Please message us with your router size if you have a router that isn’t listed.

*Routers that we supply will be 110V only (North America). If you live in a country that uses a different voltage, please purchase a router in your region. LongMills will come with a power supply that supports both 110V and 220V.

The LongMill comes with free software and is compatible with dozens of other paid and free software. Try our Toolchain Wizard to get a quick recommendation for software that may work best for you.

Technical Details:
– Laser cut, 1/4″ steel gantry plates for high rigidity
– Standard profile, extruded aluminum rails on the X and Y axis and MGN12 linear guides on Z axis
– Delrin V wheels with variable eccentric nuts
– 4-start, 2mm pitch, 8mm diameter ACME lead screw for high torque and fast movement
– NEMA 23 stepper motors on all axis
– 3D printed and aluminum parts
– Mount for Makita RT0701C routers, or request a custom mount size
– 24V power supply
– Arduino board loaded with GRBL firmware
– 4A TB6600 drivers

Our machine uses open-source hardware and firmware, letting users build and modify their machines. Not only that, many of our components are standard and easy to source or 3D printable, making replacing parts easy.

Additional information

Weight 60 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 10 × 41.5 in
Size

12×12, 12×30, 30×30

Weight 60 lbs
Dimensions 8 × 10 × 40 in
Size

12×12, 12×30, 30×30

Weight 0.8 lbs
Dimensions 3.8 × 3.6 × 0.8 in
Router Size

52mm, 65mm (Makita Router), 71mm, 80mm

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 10 × 8 × 6 in

Weight 1.9 lbs
Dimensions 12 × 8 × 2.875 in

Weight 0.354 lbs
Dimensions 4 × 6 × 0.5 in

Weight 0.3 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 4 × 1 in

Size

Once assembled, each model of the LongMill (12×12, 12×30, and 30×30) is designed to generally fit on a 2×2′, 2×4′, and 4×4′ surface respectively. The diagrams below show a more detailed view for each model:
  • The red area inside the main box shows the cutting area as an offset from the foot base. It’s based off the center-point of the router, thus you can plane an area larger than what’s stated if you’re using a large surfacing bit.
  • The blue area outside the main box shows the hanging parts as an offset from the foot base which makes up the total machine outline.
  • If you have the dust shoe attachment in place, it’ll reduce your cutting travel in the X-dimension by approximately 50mm.
At the end of the day, this leaves you with:
Model LongMill 12×12 LongMill 12×30 LongMill 30×30
Cutting area 307mm x 345mm (~12″ x 13.5″) 792mm x 345mm (~31″ x 13.5″) 792mm x 845mm (~31″ x 33″)
Max stock width (distance between feet) 435mm (~17″) 920mm (~36″) 920mm (~36″)
Machine area 650mm x 610mm (~25.5″ x 24″) 1135mm x 610mm (~45″ x 24″) 1135mm x 1110mm (~45″ x 44″)
Machine height About 14″, but if you’re planning to build an enclosure you should make it at least 20″ tall to ensure enough space for hose management, manipulating cutting material, etc.
If you’re looking to properly size a space to put your machine or are making a dedicated table, ensure that you leave enough room for the LongMills control box and any other peripherals that you might be using like a laptop, monitor, keyboard, etc.. The control box is roughly 150mm x 280mm, has holes so that it can be easily screwed or mounted to any surface, and has a USB port on its left side which allows for you to connect your computer to control the machine. By default the clearance height under the X-axis rail is 104mm (~4″) so if you’d like to take advantage of the full 113mm (~4.5″) of Z-axis travel that the LongMill has to offer, the feet can be spaced up by two strips of material on each side to gain more height clearance. If you’d like to see some tables that our community members have built for their own machines, we’ve got a page on it here: Community Table Builds

Add-ons

You can include add-ons to improve the functionality of the LongMill. These are all optional.

Trim Router

We recommend using the Makita RT0700/RT0701 router 110V with your LongMill. This router comes with speed control from 10,000 to 30,000RPM and has 1.25HP of power. This router is compatible with 1/4″ shank tooling and can be adapted to 1/8″ shank tooling using a 1/4″ to 1/8″ collet adapter.

Dust Shoe

Our Z-axis independent, magnetic dust shoe allows you to attach standard vacuum hoses to your CNC machine, allowing it to suck up dust as it’s cutting, making clean up easier and keeping dust out of the air. This dust shoe is adjustable in the Z direction, and the front bristles and vacuum hose can be easily detached to make it easy to change bits.

Touch Plate

Our 3-axis touch plate allows you to set the ‘origin’ or starting point of your cutting tool very accurately based off the surface of the material you’re going to be cutting. Place the touch plate onto the corner of the material to locate the cutting bit in both X, Y, and Z-directions to start your cutting job, or use it to set the Z-height of the tool to accomplish tool changes on more complicated projects.

Bit Starter kit

Our End Mill Starter Pack comes with a basic set of end mills to get your started for many projects you might have in mind. Each pack comes with:
  • 1/4″ Spiral Up Cut End Mill
  • 1/4″ Spiral Down Cut End Mill
  • 1/8″ Flat End Mill (x3)
  • 1/8″ Ballnose End Mill (x3)
  • 1/4″ to 1/8″ Collet Adapter

FAQ

What materials can it cut?

The LongMill can cut materials like wood, plastic, foam, and soft metals. We’ve also had customer cut tougher materials like thin stainless steel and copper sheet.

Where can I buy end mills and other tooling?

End mills and bits are available on sale on our website as well as online such as Amazon and Ebay, or at your local hardware store such as Home Depot or Lee Valley.

What software can you use with the LongMill?

The LongMill is compatible with dozens of free and paid CAM software. The LongMill is compatible with standard G-code. You can check out our resources page at www.sienci.com/resources and look under the software tab. We’ll be hosting webinars and creating additional resource videos to help you learn to design and program your CNC machine.

What system requirements are there?

You can run your machine off virtually any modern laptop made in the last 5 years running Windows, Mac OS, and Linux.

We’ve tested our machine with Intel Celeron and AMD Phenom processors with less than 2GB of RAM with no issues (although it is a bit slow).

For any other downloadable CAD or CAM programs that don’t run on the cloud, please check with the software creator for minimum system requirements.

What spindles or routers can I use?

While we recommend the Makita RT0701/RT0700, you can also use other trim/palm style routers. You will be able to let us know what tool you want to use and we will send you the appropriate mount.

Can I add end stops?

Although end stops are not needed on this machine, they can be added. Our electronics support end stops and is easy to integrate.

We’ll have more details on adding end stops soon.

Will there be 4th or 5th axis support?

In the immediate future, there will not be 4th or 5th axis support for the LongMill.

If you would like to implement an additional axis to your machine, we encourage users to try creating their own and sharing it with the community!

Warranty

The LongMill has a 90 day warranty once it’s received.

We want you to have a great experience with your machine, so if any parts are found to be missing or damaged, please email us. We will ensure that you receive the support you need to restore your LongMill to operating condition or provide a full or partial refund.

You may cancel an order if it has not shipped yet, please contact us if you wish to do so. We do not offer returns for LongMills that have already shipped.

General Warranty and Limits of Service:

Effective March 4, 2019

Throughout this policy the words “we”, “us” and “our”, or “Sienci Labs” will be used to refer to Sienci Labs Inc. herein and “LongMill” or “machine” will refer to Sienci Labs’ Sienci LongMill 12×12, Sienci LongMill 12×30 and Sienci LongMill 30×30. Additionally, the words “you”,  “your”, “user”, and “operator”  will refer to the original purchaser/customer, user, or viewer of any of the products or media provided by or through Sienci Labs.

Sienci Labs Inc. (the “Company”) grants the LongMill (the “Product”) a standard warranty within Canada and the US to the original customer to be free from missing parts, defects in material, and defects in workmanship for a period of ninety (90) days from the date of receipt by the original purchaser. Sienci Labs Inc. will ensure that the appropriate support is provided to the original customer to restore the LongMill to operational condition or provide a full or partial refund under the sole discretion of the Company.

This warranty does not cover damage due to improper use or assembly, lack of maintenance, normal wear and tear, or modifications to the LongMill which are not produced or authorized by the Company. Consumables such as cutting tools and sample or stock materials which may have come with your LongMill are not included in this warranty.

This warranty will become void if the operator does not follow the Safety Warnings and Guidelines, uses the Product for illegal purposes, or intentionally causes damage to the Product.

The original customer must contact Sienci Labs Inc. within ninety (90) days of receiving their order to make a warranty claim to be eligible for warranty service. Proof of purchase, tracking number, email address, or other material will be used to confirm the original purchasing date and the identity of the original customer. If damage was due to shipping, original packaging materials must be kept in the original received condition. Photos, videos, written descriptions, and other items may be requested to assess and validate a warranty claim.  In the case Sienci Labs Inc. requires the original parts to be returned, the customer is solely responsible for packing all items securely. Damage incurred during return shipping will not be covered by the warranty. A method of payment such as a credit card may be requested by Sienci Labs Inc. to cover shipping costs or damaged items if Products are not eligible for warranty service.

324 reviews for LongMill Benchtop CNC

4.8
Based on 324 reviews
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  1. Malik C. (verified owner)

    Ok update I have done two very small starter projects with this printer and now UGS won’t move the device in any direction. Starting to look like a super expensive paper wait. Not Very Happy

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  2. Michael B. (verified owner)

    I have had experience programming cncs in the past for steel cutting.
    The assembly of the machine was good although it took longer than expected. Probably about 12 hours.
    I had a couple of issues but the online community had already dealt with these issues.
    I am cutting mainly signs and name plates…hope to do more soon!

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  3. Jason S. (verified owner)

    I had no experience with CNC machines. However, I am a graphic designer with experience using vinyl printers and plotters. Also, I have some experience with 3D printers.

    Assembly took some time, maybe 10 hours over 2 days. Including building a 4 ft x 4 ft table. It was very easy to put together… built it with my son.

    So far I have made a few signs and logos… a small box & lid. As well as some catch all change trays.

    I found it sort of confusing figuring out the best design software, then the gcode sender. I started off using UGS, which is pretty straightforward, bare bones. Then I tried the Sienci gcode sender and halfway through it cut a path right across the piece. Yikes! Went back to UGS, think I’ll wait a bit before trying it again.

    Still kinda confused on speeds and feeds… but all in all I’m very happy with the Longmill. Thanks! Keep up the good work. – Jay

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  4. Robert (verified owner)

    Documentation: Good, could be a bit better on the assembly instructions between 12*12 and the larger models

    Assembly: Good almost, excellent. Some of the nut sockets on the 3D printed parts were a touch small, most I managed to gently hammer in.

    Use: I’m a novice and still leaning my way in the CNC world

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  5. Bob Ferguson (verified owner)

    Very important to mount on a very flat surface. Alignment is so key! Took two attempts to get everything really aligned but once done it has performed very well. I bought this unit to use at our cottage as I have access to a Laguna IQ in my shop in the city. Obviously not on the same scale but that said it’s a good hobbyist machine and I am very happy with the purchase.
    Should also mention that Sienci was very quick to send me a package of V wheels when I broke one on my initial setup. Excellent service.

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  6. Kenneth W. (verified owner)

    A few bumps in the road with parts and assembly, but over all, pleased with the results. Great support from Sienci Labs. Looking forward to getting my laser in August. Already owned a CNC machine General i-Carver, it was pretty well plug and play, so learning to operate the Longmill is still ongoing. Made the decision to purchase the Longmill, because it is more versatile than my former CNC, and the option of the Laser Beam add on.

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  7. Darwin Jonasson (verified owner)

    I am totally new to the CNC world, and I am learning lots. The Longmill works very good. I have some trouble with it dropping connection periodically. I am guessing that it’s a cable issue between the computer and longmill. Aside from that. All is good. Looking forward to making more consistent sawdust.

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  8. Max D. (verified owner)

    Took me 12 hours to build it and I still don’t have the wires in the drag chain.
    I use mostly laser machines and thought it was easy learning curve is still not there yet. Still trying to find software that I can work with. Still feel like i screwed up building it because I don’t have some moter bolted down because it kept getting in the way of the z asses.

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  9. Brady G. (verified owner)

    The vwheels are a little cheap but for the price of this machine it is leaps and bounds better than anything in its price bracket

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  10. Robert Berg (verified owner)

    Some parts (berings) wore out sooner than I would have expected. Our over all experience has been good. Thanks!

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