cdo (in firstname.lastname@example.org) said:
|| Not much further can be said about the machine without some hard
|| specifications (movement power/speed range, precision,
|| repeatability, ...), which this outfit is surprisingly mum about...
| Morris, you're only partially correct about the usability of the
| CarveWright machine. The fonts are a non-issue. It's true that their
| software will not import DXF/DWG or gcode, but there's no need for
| it. You can import any number of graphic image file formats to get
| an image into the machine. In addition, the software included is
| capable of using any of the thousands of Windows fonts available
| (including wing-dings and symbols) to create a carving.
Ok. I looked for importable file formats and didn't see ttf or
PostScript formats. The lack of DWG/DXF (IMO) is serious for
production work; and the inability to import gcodes precludes the use
of standard CAM packages. A basic gcode capability isn't difficult to
implement and I was surprised by the omission.
| As far as specs, I agree they need to get more concrete info onto
| the web site. An inquiry got me the following though:
| Raster carving precision is 0.006" (6 thousandths)
| 12 inches per second max, but generally only 6-8IPS utilized during
| the carving process.
| The carving (Router) motor is 1HP and 20,000rpm
The precision is a bit rough. It might have been better to give up
half of the speed to double the precision. I suspect this is one of
those areas, though, where everyone's mileage varies. I'm a precision
freak and I admit it. The step size of the 3-1/2 axis machine I'm
working on dropped to 0.0002" (on all three axes) this past week. I
don't think I can reduce it any more without a faster PC or a
significant reduction in speed.
| It's not at the same level as the ShopBot, but it's not priced there
I bought my ShopBot because it was the only 96x48x6 machine I could
afford. It's not bad; but neither is it the pinnacle of precision.
After a lot of tuning, I was able to cut right close to +/- 0.0015.
I'm told that it'll move at 5"/sec (the new machines go much faster) -
but I'm driving mine with an old, slow P2 and can only get about
I've seen used benchtop 'Bots being sold for the same price as the
CarveWright machine and I wouldn't hesitate to suggest taking a close
look. ShopBot Tools is really good about taking care of the people who
own their machines (including those who buy second-hand machines from
someone else!) and the support from other owners on the ShopBot Forum
has to be experienced to be believed! There have been people who
bought ShopBots just because of the forum. (You might suggest that the
CarveWright folks actually join the forum and give some thought to
following suit with a similar forum of their own.)
For example, a week ago one of the 'Botters found himself in a
scheduling pickle and looked for suggestions that'd help him finish a
sign in time for promised delivery. A couple of other 'Botters showed
up at his door next day and finished off the gilding to get everything
back on schedule. I don't think you can _buy_ that kind of help!
| p.s. - I have no association with the company, but I do know some of
| the folks involved.
Then please pass along my comments - along with my compliments on a
really sleek looking design!
Other than as satisfied customer, I don't have any association with
DeSoto, Iowa USA