X-Carve CNC Machine Introduction

By September 11, 2015CNC, General News, Tools and Equipment
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The X-Carve CNC Machine Introduction.

When I was originally contacted by Inventables.com about their Shapeoko 2 CNC machine I was super excited. I got an introductory video up and done about the Shapeoko 2, and then the Inventables and Shapeoko companies went their separate ways.

At that time I didn’t know what to do, but thankfully Inventables.com contact me back with their new CNC machine that is built by them called the X-Carve.

They allowed me once again to choose the set up that I wanted for the X-Carve, so that I could best use it in my work flow.

Inventables.com allowed me to continue to review and use their new CNC machine the x-carve. So is sent me a new machine free of charge so that I can set up, test it, and work it into my workflow, and see how it works, and if it’s compatible with the things I’m doing.


Learn more about the X-Carve CNC Machine by visiting Inventables.com


The Inventables.com X-Carve CNC Machine

The instructions are gone along with setting up the x-carve are found online, and simply following along with these tutorials and accompanying videos makes it quite easy to set up.

I think it was because I was more comfortable with the terminology used in building a CNC machine due to the fact that I have already done so with the Shapeoko 2. I found the process quite straightforward and easy to follow.

As far as time to set up it is really tough to say specifically. I had many other projects that I was working on, and this is a side project that had to be fit in as I could. It took a few weeks but I was able to get set up and functioning.

The first test project went extremely well and never having used a 1/32 inch beds was quite an experience. The bit is extremely small, but thankfully I got settings right on the feeds and speeds for the computer program and everything worked out good.

Why Use A CNC Machine With Power Carving?

The reason I am looking at a CNC machine as a good tool for power carving is because there are a lot of processes related to carving that take a lot of time, but yield very few details. These stages of carving are much the background removal and basic shaping and setting of layers and levels.

But with the appropriate software and knowledge of the CNC machine I will be able to design and have the x-carve CNC do the work for me. That frees me up to do other things at the same time,Z and still accomplish the task of preparing the carving for detailing.

As I do projects with the CNC to learn the software and gain experience with machine I will post further articles to let you know how it’s going.

In the end I hope to do a full larger scale project using the CNC machine to help remove most of the waste material and set me up for detailing the project. This in turn will greatly speed up the carving process, and allow me to do other things at the same time.


Learn more about the X-Carve CNC Machine by visiting Inventables.com


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