Can SmartBench handle my workload?

Feeds and speeds

SmartBench needs to be treated slightly differently to other CNC machines, and there are many different factors that can affect the feeds and speeds you should use. 

Click here to open our conservative guide about feeds and speeds, which should be taken as a starting point. 

An example of feed rates

For an idea of feed rates, consider this scenario: 

Job specifications


8mm spiral upcut


Birch plywood (2440 x 1220 x 12mm)

Recommended strategy

Passes and step down

4mm deep per pass, x3 passes

Feed rate

3000 mm/min

Spindle speed

22,000 RPM

Quality and reliability

Each SmartBench is assembled, calibrated, put through a thorough multi-point QC procedure, and then a 6 hour test before leaving the factory.

We have two SmartBenches that are a critical part of our own SmartBench production line. They work 5 days a week, 9 hours a day. 

Check out this video to learn more: 

Continuous monitoring

SmartBench’s continuous self-monitoring helps you to keep track of and optimize its performance; key to minimising downtime!

Self-monitoring features include: 

  • automatic reminders to help you to carry out important maintenance tasks at regular intervals;

  • (Precision and PrecisionPro models) spindle overload protection, which auto-pauses the job whenever SmartBench detects that the stress on the spindle is too high. 

We’re always aiming to make SmartBench even smarter, so expect more self-monitoring features in the future, downloadable via free Console software updates.

Tools to assist the operator

We know that turnaround time is important, so SmartBench is packed full of features to help the operator:

  • Preventative maintenance reminders

  • Job file checker

  • Laser datuming

  • Placement map & bounds checker

  • Z axis probe plate

  • Calibration wizard

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