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What’s Desktop CNC?

A CNC Router or mill uses subtractive manufacturing, unlike 3D Printing which uses Additive manufacturing. It is like drilling but can also cut horizontally and vertically. Because of this, Desktop CNC routers are capable of creating a wider variety of complex designs and shapes.

Unlike 3D Printed objects which can result in structural weaknesses due to the process, milling a solid part out of one piece can result in a much stronger part. There are also many materials that cannot be 3D printed but can be easily engraved.

SainSmart Genmitsu series offers desktop CNC machines that are budget friendly yet versatile and powerful. Here is a guide to help you choose the right one.

What do the numbers mean?

The numbers in the model represent the size of the working area. For example, Genmitsu 3018's working dimensions are 300mm x 180mm (11.8'' x 7.1'' ). SainSmart carries a variety of machines with different work areas and capabilities.

Which Genmitsu Desktop CNC Machine is right for you?

Genmitsu series CNC machines can be used to cut anything from wax to wood and with the proper setup and configuration soft metals like aluminum, making them a great start in the hobby.

The performance of your CNC machine greatly depends on how well it was initially set up. SainSmart machines come in a kit or partially assembled and include everything you need, making it easier for you to get started.

What do Genmitsu series have in common?


Genmitsu 1810-PRO starting at $159.99

New users to the hobby with limited desktop space or just prefer a smaller work area should consider the Genmitsu 1810-PRO. Smaller in size compared to its other Genmitsu models does not mean it's any less capable.

Why Choose the 1810-PRO?

If you have limited desk space, or typically make small projects, the 1810-PRO is perfect for you. Compact form factor with the same cutting capabilities as its larger counterparts. Great place to get started for a low price.

  • Free open-source GRBL software
  • Same 775 Spindle as the 3018-PRO
  • Woods, Plastics, PVCs, Soft Aluminum (6061), Brass, PCBs
  • DIY Kit
  • 180 x 100 x 45 mm ((7.1 x 3.9 x 1.8”) Work Area
  • Includes everything you need to get started.


Genmitsu 3018-PRO starting at $249.99

The bigger brother to 1810-PRO, the Genmitsu 3018-PRO delivers the best performance to value in the lineup. Like the Genmitsu 1810-PRO, the is also a kit requiring assembly. Ready to work either with USB and a computer or standalone with the included Offline Controller, giving you the power to work whichever way you like. You also receive a set of bits and heavier-duty power supply to support the increased reliability and a larger work area.

Why Choose the 3018-PRO?

If you enjoy tinkering and building kits and prefer a larger work area than 1810, this machine is perfect for you. Capable of cutting most materials, solid construction, design, and performance provide the best value.

  • Best Bang for the dollar (Build Volume and Performance)
  • Easy to modify and upgrade
  • Abundant assembly instructions and videos resources
  • Offline controller is included: No need for a computer to control the machine
  • Supports laser modules, Plug and Play.
  • Woods, Plastics, PVCs, Soft Aluminum (6061), Brass, PCBs
  • DIY Kit
  • Free open-source GRBL software
  • 300 x 180 x 45 mm(11.8 x 7.1 x 1.8”) work area
  • Includes everything you need to get started + bonuses


Genmitsu 3018-PROVER starting at $349.99

Our PROVer series makes it easier than ever to get into Desktop CNC. Feature packed with class leading performance and value. Easy Assembly and built to perform with its all metal frame and included accessories. PROVer 3018 has the same work area as 3018-Pro.

Why Choose the 3018-PROVer?

If you are looking for the easiest setup and best in small form factor desktop CNC performance, this is it.

  • Easiest to setup
  • Modern look with blue color theme
  • All Metal frame construction provides the most stable platform
  • 1.8” Color Screen Offline Controller. No need for a computer to control the machine
  • Easy to modify and upgrade
  • Enhanced Spindle Motor Noise Suppression for better performance
  • Upgraded TB67S109 Stepper Drivers for better performance
  • Supports Laser Modules, Plug and Play
  • Free open-source GRBL software
  • Includes Limit Switches, Emergency Stop, Z Probe

Increase your output and reduce your failures with included limit switches and Z Probe. The included spindle features Motor Noise Suppression for enhanced work performance. If something does go wrong the Emergency STOP button with ensure you can safely stop operations immediately.


Genmitsu 3018-MX3 starting at $349.99

Compatible with MACH3, a professional CNC platform with many years of resources and tried and true performance. If you are looking to grow your CNC skills and work with software that translates to large Industrial machines, the MX3 is perfect for you.

Why Choose the 3018-MX3?

If you prefer working with the MACH3 software suite, have existing CNC experience, or just like the ease of use of features like Auto Tool Zeroing for easy one click tool changes or job starts.

  • MACH3 compatible (license required)
  • Auto Tool Zeroing
  • Assembly Instructions and videos
  • Supports Laser Modules, Plug and Play
  • Included Acrylic side shields
  • Can easily swap to a GRBL Configuration by purchasing a 3018-PROVer Mainboard
Genmitsu 1810-PRO  Genmitsu 3018-PRO  Genmitsu 3018-PROVer  Genmitsu 3018-MX3 
Assembly Time 2 hours 2 hours 15 minutes 2 hours
Working Area 180x100x45mm 300x180x45mm 300x180x45mm 300x180x45mm
Control Software GrblControl(Candle) GrblControl(Candle) GrblControl(Candle) Mach3/DrufelCNC
Driver Chip 4988ET 4988ET TB67S109 TB67S109
Home and Limit switches x x
Emergency-Stop x x x
Z-Probe x x
Acrylic Baffles x x
Comes with Offline Controller? x
Switchable to Laser Module?
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