Damn, that thing has more space age materials in it than a stealth fighter.
No wonder it is so expensive.
Reminds me of a comment made by one of the survivors of the Hudson "water
landing". He, among many, were flying south to play golf. And all their
golf clubs had to be left behind. He was saying that he wasn't sure how
much he was going to spend on golf clubs now that his present set is in the
belly of a water logged plane.
Those are the deep questions of life. Just how much should one spend on golf
clubs (or fishing tackle)? Hmmmm...........
If you are going to buy a $30,000 CNC router to build your design, you
might want to use something else. If you just want to build one set of
end tables and nothing else, ever, then just use a pen and pencil. If
you enjoy using your computer to do stuff, or, are planing on building
more stuff and making more drawings, then, SU is worth spending a few
weeks learning to use.
It took me 3, maybe 4 tries before I got a good handle on it's basic
use, so I probably have at least several weeks in learning the
program.(over a period of several months) It is ,imnsho, not that easy
to learn. It IS easy to use once you learn the basics.. You could draw
up, and build your two end tables much quicker than learning the basics
of SU. On the other hand, once you get the basics down, you can have a
ball using your computer to make fantastic, detailed sketches of
anything normally built in a home or smallish cabinet shop.
Personally, one of the main reasons my wood shop has not been busy in
the past 20 years is I started screwing around with computers, initially
I wanted to make cad drawings, and got a copy of Design Cad sometime in
the 80's. Spent a few weeks learning it, drew up a barn in a week or
two and built it. I could have drawn up the barn on paper and built the
thing in much less time than it took me to learn design cad and draw the
thing up on my PC XT. Then, I discovered that programing was almost
identical to woodworking, in that you could create/build stuff
(applications) that did stuff but mistakes were fixed with a few button
clicks. My shop fell idle and a new, just as rewarding hobby took over.
Now, I'm trying to get back into woodworking, but alas, still have
trouble getting past the SU phase of projects.
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