Desktop CNC Options...

  • Mon, September 28, 2015 3:50 PM
    Message # 3550769

    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...

  • Mon, September 28, 2015 8:14 PM
    Reply # 3551028 on 3550769

    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.

  • Thu, October 01, 2015 10:29 PM
    Reply # 3556111 on 3550769

    Hey guys,

    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.

  • Fri, June 03, 2016 4:19 PM
    Reply # 4056633 on 3550769

    @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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