Somewhat major streamlining & redesign going on with the CNC build project due to a more in depth level of milling than I had previously planned for.
Over all build quality is looking to go up while material consumption (at least on the framework) is looking to decrease.
Of course, nearing completion on one stage just paves the way to contemplation of the next.
I recall at one point thinking the DIY route to a milling machine would prove the most inexpensive path.
What I had not fully taken into account is that when buying something one piece at a time, the climbing cost of incremental increases of quality is less immediately apparent.
Having drawn that qualitative line in the sand, holding to anything less seems foolish; but for a production push the potential reflected costs of the remaining elements are a factor I cannot overlook. In so far as this is an educational experience, the bang for the buck ratio remains pleasantly generous.