Ill agree with that.
While not for metal working. There is an increasing number of small, low end (cheap) 2D & 3D router machines for wood working.
Better yet, the DIY CNC movement is finally taking hold. Lotta people are starting to use avalible parts, servos & controls. Software, free plans & materials to build their own CNC routers.
There have been afew people take things like the cheap $400-600 harbor freight mini mill, and convert it to servo drive without a software.
Neat things you can do for a grand, or so.
I've seen afew of the routers turned into plasma cutters too, but they start getting out of hand expencive for what most homebodies would ever do.