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Which one is better: Shapeoko, X-Carve, mydiycnc?

Posted by eried 
Which one is better: Shapeoko, X-Carve, mydiycnc?
March 03, 2016 06:52AM
I need to mill some wood (about 30-47 cms) and small aluminium parts, and I wish it costs less than 1500 USD

Any opinion on these machines?

Thanks!


My printers:
-Makerbot TOM (#5215, circa 2011), MK6 extruder, ABS 3 mm
-HICTOP Prusa i3 (modded for auto-level, thread screws), ABS/PLA 1.75 mm

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Re: Which one is better: Shapeoko, X-Carve, mydiycnc?
March 03, 2016 03:21PM
On aliexpress they sell 3040z and 6040z mills with a very good price. I don't have experience with them, but they look mechanical quite good. You likely want to replace the electronics with a ramps board or so. Parallel ports are hard to find nowadays.
Re: Which one is better: Shapeoko, X-Carve, mydiycnc?
March 04, 2016 05:43PM
Yeah but xcarve looks like 1000x better than these chinese versions no?


My printers:
-Makerbot TOM (#5215, circa 2011), MK6 extruder, ABS 3 mm
-HICTOP Prusa i3 (modded for auto-level, thread screws), ABS/PLA 1.75 mm

About me:
[www.thingiverse.com]
Re: Which one is better: Shapeoko, X-Carve, mydiycnc?
April 13, 2016 10:40AM
shapeko 2 you forgot to mention shapeoko 3 is good if your in uk eshapeoko

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/13/2016 10:41AM by chris33.

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Re: Which one is better: Shapeoko, X-Carve, mydiycnc?
April 16, 2016 11:27PM
While shapeoko and xcarve look phenomenal, both use belt drives. Precision will be limited, but good for wood and plastics. Just do not expect fine traces on printed circuit boards, maybe 0.5mm traces with some luck.

The Chinese ones use ball screws which ideally provide way better accuracy and precision, but they are Chinese screws, so who knows? You should be able to use the original Chinese controller just by figuring the correct mapping from arduino uno + GRBL to the parallel port connector on the controller.

I should say I have not tested either machine. My opinions are only from observations online.

I am considering buying a local mechanical parts kit for R$3000 (Brazil currency, about US$ 800), with ball screws and a 1000x800x100mm work area. I'm my case this will end up cheaper than importing any of the other machines (~100% import duties plus a crazy high shipping cost).

Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/16/2016 11:33PM by lhartmann.
Re: Which one is better: Shapeoko, X-Carve, mydiycnc?
April 19, 2016 08:08PM
I would avoid the Chinese kit. I dont own one, but everything I have seen of other Chinese kits indicates that they have no support and terrible documentation.
Re: Which one is better: Shapeoko, X-Carve, mydiycnc?
April 21, 2016 02:12PM
You will be suprised what a shapeoko can handle plus its has good support better than those chinese machines


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Re: Which one is better: Shapeoko, X-Carve, mydiycnc?
May 08, 2016 03:35PM
I ended buying a 1000 mm X-Carve. Very happy with it! still not much work done, just learning a lot about cnc software and stuff smiling smiley

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My printers:
-Makerbot TOM (#5215, circa 2011), MK6 extruder, ABS 3 mm
-HICTOP Prusa i3 (modded for auto-level, thread screws), ABS/PLA 1.75 mm

About me:
[www.thingiverse.com]
Re: Which one is better: Shapeoko, X-Carve, mydiycnc?
May 10, 2016 06:59PM
Envy...

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