I’ve used a panavise for a lot of my work which is just laziness about mounting it
We’ve had a long-delayed effort on building a reasonable XYZ table - keep slowing down due to changes in specs/price trade-off. Starting back up a little more with that now…
In the mean-time: the most cost-effective solution is however just a 3D printing. They are very hard to beat due to the mass commercialization of them, you can drive them with G-Code pretty easily.
We had some initial 3D models for the enclosure mounting at https://github.com/newaetech/ChipSHOUTER/tree/master/documentation/3d-mount. This will probably be updated shortly though, as we’re using now a modified version of this that grips from the side.
There were a few others who posted 3D printed mounts on Twitter as well, same idea however.
If you search “xyz gantry” you’ll get a lot of examples - or a “CNC frame” too. If you want pretty much ready to go, you can find “3d printer kits” too - basically don’t mount the print head fully and put the ChipSHOUTER there