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HI, as your machine is based on the X Carve, does easel work on your machine?
Yes, easel will work with any GRBL based machine so... Heavy Mill, XYZ Carve, X Carve, Shapeoko 1,2, & 3, the Ox and many more.
Its great as a starting point however you'll likely find its limitations and move on to fusion 360 or similar.
Was wondering if you do this in a size that will accommodate a 1.2m x 2.4m sheet of material. Cheers
G'day It can be done, we have not done so yet due to space in our own shop.
Can the XYZ -CARVE machine cut a design into wood using photographs and cut all of the details accurately ? Or is it limited to basic line drawings ? What is its capability regarding wood projects ? Is the kit form and use for basic beginners or intermediate or professional woodworkers? What about the skill level for the electronics and computer knowledge to assemble and work the machine? Thank you.
The machine is capable of such machining, the software you use to produce gcode may need to be more specific and expensive.
Vectric have an affordable product called photovcarve. How Easily and nicely the photo is converted into a finished product is more a function of the software and less the machine.
its in kit form and there is some work to get it setup. Several days in total, the electronics are simple, it's quite plug and play electrically. Ie not much soldering and no component assembly, mostly just screw terminals for your motors and power connectors etc. the controllers are pre programmed so no fussing about with programming electronics.
the computer related part is the cad and cam, these range from simple to incredibly complex and in cases expensive. The level of difficulty differs for the individual and on software choice.
Some opt to start with the inventables easel program as it removed them from the cad and cam, however it's very limited and is only really useful as a quick start.
Hi, will your XYZ - Carve machine work with Autodesk ArtCam Premium 2017 program which I already have. And will it work with windows 10 or like so many other CNC machines I've looked at need an old computer with windows XP.
Yes, Artcam has post processors that will work with GRBL.
Some users have also modified and uploaded specific GRBL post processors for artcam as well.
So while we have not used artcam generated Gcode files, there seems to be plenty of GRBL users who have.
No Parallel port required, works with mac, pc, Linux etc and version.
Hi, it says this machine will do light work in aluminium. I do small projects in 3mm plate and wondered if this machine would handle that or would I need to step up to the heavy version? Also do you do a smaller work platform as I would not require that size and would take up a lot of room in my work area. 500mm x 350mm work area would be the most i would need. Thanks.
Yes they can be produced at any size (within reason).
The smaller they are the more rigid too, which makes them more capable for alloy work.
Yes, you could easily manage 3mm in alloy.
Why is this more expensive than the USA based machine.
G'day, it's generally a few hundred dollars cheaper here. Our prices include GST and delivery.
When comparing, remember to apply the USD to AUD exchange rate, add shipping, add the GST charged you will be charged on arrival etc.