|Forum topic by LHatteberg||posted 03-30-2015 04:08 PM||1177 views||0 times favorited||3 replies|
03-30-2015 04:08 PM
hey guys, so I’ve been running back and forth over and over about what to do regarding this CNC decision and I am driving myself crazy and didn’t know if you guys could hep me out. I’ve read TONS of the threads on this question on LJ as well as lots calls to various dealers, but I wanted yall’s help since to me, having never worked with a CNC machine, its all theory.
My wife and I have a small-business which we own and work full-time and we are about to launch a bunch of new products which we’ll need this CNC machine for so here’s our needs and who’s left standing. Let me know what you think:
2. Laguna IQ CNC Pros: a. Obviously more quality than the Shark HD3 in every way b. Better workspace (2’x3’ work envelope) c. Spindle made for “high cycle” work d. On the “guitar demo,” (http://www.lagunatools.com/cnc/IQ_2) it would obviously have no problem with anything workload wise we could ever throw at it. e. Liquid-cooling spindles would help for longevity of the tool. f. It is also, “Apple Compatible” as he demos all the design on a Mac. Cons: a. Price is $2k more than the SharkHD3. Usually its $7k, but currently available on sale for $6k. b. Laguna specific spindle. With this, I don’t have the possibility to use or get various router bits or help at the store and am locked in to the spindle world. Am I understanding this correctly or did I miss something? Can I just use normal router bits? c. What’s w/ the “remote control?” I have no idea how to even assess that feature. d. Other than that, much of the industrial CNC world is over my head so I’m not sure how to sift through and analyze some of the specs. Assessment: a. It seems this would/could do anything and everything we’d need. Ever. And meets all the criteria of everything I can think of. Could it do the calligraphy detail? Its just a matter of the spindle vs. router situation. How does that compare/work?
3. CAMaster Stinger 1 Pros: a. Similar to the Laguna as it could handle anything and everything both in workload and size (2’x3’) b. It goes the router route (instead of spindle). Again, not sure I’m understanding the difference correctly. Can it handle “high cycle” work? and/or detail work? Cons: a. It uses Vectric’s CUT 2D program and comes w/ a control computer (vs. an “apple compatible” situation). Neither my bride or I are excited about that. At all. BUT, if we need to learn it we will. b. $500 more expensive than Laguna c. Not sure how to assess the rest. Assessment: a. I feel the same as I do about the Laguna, but not sure about the router vs. spindle pros/cons and the software situation.
Result: I’d like the Shark to work price wise, I lean towards the Laguna, but wanted to consider the CAMaster if I needed to.
Your help is VERY much appreciated as I am totally a noob to this wonderful world. Help!! :-)