X-Carve CNC Full Review - 4 months

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Blog entry by CraftsmanDavid posted 05-12-2016 04:30 AM 751 reads 1 time favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch

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#1 posted 05-12-2016 02:24 PM

Thanks for the review. I am not sure I have seen a more comprehensive review than this one. I have been fascinated with these type of machines but so much of the language and knowledge needed seem beyond my ability. In your opinion, what skills are needed to use this machine? (I use sketchup but don’t have a working knowledge of AutoCad, I have a decent understanding of electricity but things like stepper motors are foreign to me)

Thanks again for taking the time to post this.

-- I've almost got all the tools I need, almost.

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#2 posted 05-14-2016 03:00 PM

Yes, the learning curve is definitely on of the major hurdles facing CNC manufacturers. Since I went to engineering school, I have general knowledge of how stepper motors work and how computers can send pulses of current to control them. However, I can’t tell you how the software makes those pulses happen.

I am a firm believer that anyone that is interested enough can figure it out. It just takes time finding software options that are available and watching YouTube tutorials to see what they do. If you figured out sketchup, I think you can do it. Even Easel from inventalbles can be as simple as typing in text and hitting carve.

Thanks for the comment.

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