Hello. I'm new here. I've been Googling and hunting for a while, and lurking here for a while, and have decided to ask. I have a strong desire for a CNC milling machine for hobby use, 4 or 5 axis. I have been playing with the little Roland iModela 3 axis mill for 18 months and I'm loving it, but it's time to go further. A little background about me - I have been a professional 3D artist in the visual effects industry for many years, and alongside that work I have over a decade of CAD experience. So the software side doesn't worry me. However I'm struggling with the hardware. I could buy the Pocket NC and be done with it, aluminium is as hard as I'd want to mill in terms of material, but before I start the heavy saving I thought I'd ask the experts. I'm looking for a mill that can handle details, and although I think 4 axis would serve me needs perfectly (model work really, this is a hobby, it keeps my brain active) but why not look at 5 axis if it's available? I wonder if I should buy a manual mill and convert myself after, and if I go this route how accurate is it? Also I use Macs and don't own anything with a parallel port! I guess I could get an adaptor, or buy a PC to run the CAM software. I use a mixture of Rhino and Fusion 360 as my CAD software, and Maya/Modo/Silo/ZBrush for everything else. I live in Kent in the UK. Any advice you can offer I'd love to hear it, or any pointers on what I should read. In terms of build size I wont be making anything huge, I'd say a build size of a couple of packs of cards would work fine, I can always make things in bits. Unless I choose to make parts for motorbikes, which is my other hobby! Cheers, A.