Anybody have a desktop CNC? Been looking at the xCarve and others like it. Also youtube has a lot of people making them. I'm a hobbyist at best but think they are cool and would like to get my hands on one... Might have to checkout what Make717 has and learn from others...
make717 has a Shapeoko2. I have recently purchased a Shapeoko3 and am enjoying the process of assembly and set-up. The '3 is a much more robust machine and uses a router to power the cutting tool, whereas the '2 uses a Dremel. Both have their place, it depends what you want.
I have a Shapeoko2 as well. I replaced the dremel-like tool with a Dewalt DW660 on mine. I like that tool much better, however there are some other drawbacks. Most notably is it is very loud, single speed, and reduces your Z height. I've removed my spoil board and mounted it on a piece of plywood to reclaim some Z travel. I've also purchased a "quiet cut" dc spindle, just haven't gotten around to swapping it over yet. Check out my twitter stream for more info: https://twitter.com/galaxiecruzin
I'm interested in collaboration and improving my end-2-end cad/cam workflow. My background is primarily in programming, linux and electronics... with dabbling in micro controllers and pcb layout.
@Alex Barger What spindle did you purchase? The reasonably priced units seem to be a bit underpowered or Chinese units where the quality is suspect.
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