LumberJocks

Which is better for relief carving CarveWright CX or Shapeoko XXL 3?

  • Advertise with us

« back to CNC Woodworking forum

Forum topic by Mike Atencio posted 08-19-2018 04:45 AM 4213 views 0 times favorited 32 replies Add to Favorites Watch
View Mike Atencio's profile

Mike Atencio

21 posts in 1151 days


08-19-2018 04:45 AM

Topic tags/keywords: cnc shapeoko carvewright cx carvewright cx vcarve vcarve pro carving tool router

I have a budget of $2000 or a little more. I’m considering the CarveWright CX or the Shapeoko XXL. I plan to buy VCARVE PRO too once I have the CNC machine and a separate budget has been created for that.

What I want to build are relief carved head and footboards for my bed, carved lions heads on the vertical wood of my fireplace and some furniture pieces with Victorian era ornate carvings. The CarveWright has a moving system that can accomodate boards up to 12’ long in one cut. I can stop it at regular intervals to let it cool down if I have to.

The Shapeoko XXL seems sturdy enough but then I have to tile the work after each area has been carved lending to issues with it lining up. Mahogany is really pricey and I don’t want to screw up the wood. I also don’t want to buy an expensive paperweight.

Has anyone used either or know of a better machine that can do these projects at about the same cost of the CNC machines I’m looking at?

Thanks
Mike

-- Mike, Louisiana


32 replies so far

View ArtMann's profile

ArtMann

1043 posts in 933 days


#1 posted 08-20-2018 01:13 PM

Be advised that the CarveWright machine runs its own proprietary design and control software and will not work with Vectric software products or any other industry standard software.

View Mike Atencio's profile

Mike Atencio

21 posts in 1151 days


#2 posted 08-20-2018 02:34 PM



Be advised that the CarveWright machine runs its own proprietary design and control software and will not work with Vectric software products or any other industry standard software.

- ArtMann


Have you used the CarveWright at all. Is it a good machine? Dependable and reliable or a problem child?

-- Mike, Louisiana

View diverlloyd's profile

diverlloyd

3017 posts in 1975 days


#3 posted 08-20-2018 03:04 PM

https://www.amazon.com/CarveWright-CW-CX-Woodworking-System/product-reviews/B00KOO4V8E

Reviews are not so great seems like you have a 40% chance to get on that will work the way you want it to

View ArtMann's profile

ArtMann

1043 posts in 933 days


#4 posted 08-20-2018 09:42 PM

I haven’t used one. I was interested in buying one for a while and did a lot of research. There are quite a few fans of the machine in addition to a lot of detractors. Ultimately, I decided to buy a more professional grade machine that uses industry standard software and hardware.

View Mike Atencio's profile

Mike Atencio

21 posts in 1151 days


#5 posted 08-21-2018 01:44 AM

What did you end up getting?


I haven t used one. I was interested in buying one for a while and did a lot of research. There are quite a few fans of the machine in addition to a lot of detractors. Ultimately, I decided to buy a more professional grade machine that uses industry standard software and hardware.

- ArtMann


-- Mike, Louisiana

View Mike Atencio's profile

Mike Atencio

21 posts in 1151 days


#6 posted 08-21-2018 01:50 AM

I discovered the same thing. The company tech told me problems occur during rough shipping and or when the tool is moved. It seems it has to be reset and calibrated each time its moved, even moving it around the shop. I have a 3D printer with the same issues. It sucks. If I can tile work together on a different 3D router carver, that’s important to me. Guess I take a chance either way.


https://www.amazon.com/CarveWright-CW-CX-Woodworking-System/product-reviews/B00KOO4V8E

Reviews are not so great seems like you have a 40% chance to get on that will work the way you want it to

- diverlloyd


-- Mike, Louisiana

View Desert_Woodworker's profile

Desert_Woodworker

1590 posts in 1332 days


#7 posted 08-21-2018 02:30 AM

Whatever from above:
1. Have you tried the “free” trial from Vetric?
In the CNC world, you need to speak the language CAD/CAM, a real machine that can cut 12’ such as you are describing- PLEASE post your finished results
Best to you- OFF MY WATCH

Ps check his home page http://www.mikeswork.us/

-- Desert_Woodworker

View diverlloyd's profile

diverlloyd

3017 posts in 1975 days


#8 posted 08-21-2018 09:12 AM

I myself would not buy anything that can’t be moved without messing up the machine. I know that I’m bad about banging things around and dropping things. The reviews just seem to make it out to be a delicate machine. If your good with it then go for it, but I would try to shop around some more.

View Mike Atencio's profile

Mike Atencio

21 posts in 1151 days


#9 posted 08-21-2018 12:59 PM

That happens to be the one thing I hate about my 3D printer. Same issue. Move and I have to recalibrate. Nor sure I like the spindle cable instead of router either. A Shapeoko uses vcarve pro, can tile but limited by the space of the table, I think. Im calling them today about the specifically. Honestly, the CarveWright seems it was engineered to make me keep spending money after the purchase. I had several cars like that over the years. Not what I want out of a shop tool.

-- Mike, Louisiana

View ArtMann's profile

ArtMann

1043 posts in 933 days


#10 posted 08-22-2018 02:35 PM

Camaster Stinger


What did you end up getting?

I haven t used one. I was interested in buying one for a while and did a lot of research. There are quite a few fans of the machine in addition to a lot of detractors. Ultimately, I decided to buy a more professional grade machine that uses industry standard software and hardware.

- ArtMann

- Mike Atencio


View Mike Atencio's profile

Mike Atencio

21 posts in 1151 days


#11 posted 08-22-2018 04:53 PM



Whatever from above:
1. Have you tried the “free” trial from Vetric?
In the CNC world, you need to speak the language CAD/CAM, a real machine that can cut 12 such as you are describing- PLEASE post your finished results
Best to you- OFF MY WATCH

Ps check his home page http://www.mikeswork.us/

- Desert_Woodworker


-- Mike, Louisiana

View Mike Atencio's profile

Mike Atencio

21 posts in 1151 days


#12 posted 08-22-2018 04:55 PM

I just downloaded it. Haven’t got a chance to learn anything yet. I decided I’m going with the Shapeoko 3 XXL and using VCarve Pro. I’m sure there are a lot of libraries out there though I don’t know where to begin looking for them.

-- Mike, Louisiana

View Mike Atencio's profile

Mike Atencio

21 posts in 1151 days


#13 posted 08-22-2018 05:02 PM

I decided on the Shapeoko 3XXL with VCarve Pro. It felt like the other was a big money tree for the company. My money them selling me addons, patterns etc. I hate to have to keep paying over and over. VCarve Pro seems like a much better program and I can tile work with it, though it’s a little clumsy.


Camaster Stinger

What did you end up getting?

I haven t used one. I was interested in buying one for a while and did a lot of research. There are quite a few fans of the machine in addition to a lot of detractors. Ultimately, I decided to buy a more professional grade machine that uses industry standard software and hardware.

- ArtMann

- Mike Atencio

- ArtMann


-- Mike, Louisiana

View ArtMann's profile

ArtMann

1043 posts in 933 days


#14 posted 08-22-2018 05:11 PM

VCarve Pro and the more expensive Aspire are industry standards and thousands of operators use them to make a living every day. I have never heard of anyone making a living with CarveWright. If you really take to CNC routing, you will probably want to get a bigger, faster machine at some point. When you do, your Vcarve experience will apply 100%. The same would not be true of CarveWright software.

View Mike Atencio's profile

Mike Atencio

21 posts in 1151 days


#15 posted 08-22-2018 11:32 PM

I came around to that conclusion myself. Thanks

-- Mike, Louisiana

showing 1 through 15 of 32 replies

Have your say...

You must be signed in to reply.

DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com