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Discussion in 'General Talk' started by dennisgym, Nov 25, 2018.

  1. dennisgym

    dennisgym New

    Nov 25, 2018
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    Hi everyone!

    I'm about to start my CNC-journey and could really use your input! I've been doing a little digging on the internet and like to think that I am starting to connect the dots (alltough I'm probably not). Here's where I'm at:

    I'm looking for a machine kit, something layed out, easy to put together in a couple hours/days. Plug and play basicly. The machine should have a 500(X) x 500(Y)mm worksurface and I would like to be able to cut materials upto 50mm. I'll be cutting wood for the most part but definitly want to cut aluminum as well.

    Currently I'm considering the Shapeoko 3 or Workbee both the smallest size.
    Here's why:
    - SHAPEOKO3: I feel like this machine is more accessible for those lacking experience (ME!). It's pre-assembled, there's loads of info out there (video's on youtube, forums and even some books) and comes with some fine software. Am I correct to assume this machine is more entry-level than the Workbee?

    - WORKBEE: What I like most about this machine is that it's screw driven. I like the idea of being able to work more accuratly and the rigidity it offers so when I want to cut harder materials. Also in it's high configuration it has a Z height of 106mm. (!!) Alltough there's less info on the more general platforms like youtube, the openbuilds-community and forum seem like a gold-mine. But I feel like the build and machine are somewhat a challenge for the unexperienced user.

    CAD: Fusion360 & SolidWorks2017
    CAM: Fusion360
    Communication: Universal G code sender (Workbee) or Carbide Create (Shapeoko)
    Do I need anything else?

    If you guys have any topics that might be interesting, please do share! Let's make this a great entry-level topic for the aspiring makers among us!
  2. Giarc

    Giarc OpenBuilds Team
    Staff Member Moderator Builder Resident Builder

    Jan 24, 2015
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    I am not all that familiar with the smallest Shapeoko, but its cutting area is only 406 mmX406mm for $1149, so it does not meet your 500mmX500mm requirement. You would still need a router. The smallest Workbee is the 1010 and has a 720mmX824mmX122mm work area for $1299. But, it becomes $1672.96 when you add the steppers, wiring kit, and power supply. You would still need a controller board and router. Many use the Xpro as a controller. Personally, I would buy a genuine (not clone) Arduino and DQ542MA drivers because they are far better for the same price. But then it is not as "plug and play."

    To actually get 500X500 mm cutting area from a Shapeoko, you would need the Carbide3D Shapeoko XXL which now gets you to $1799 which gives you about the same cutting area as the Workbee 1010. You would still need to buy the router and it is still not screw driven.

    The Workbee requires assembly. IMHO that is a good thing because you know how it goes together, so you would know how to fix it. Also, there are great video instructions and a manual.
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  3. Rick 2.0

    Rick 2.0 OpenBuilds Team
    Staff Member Moderator Builder Resident Builder

    Dec 20, 2013
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    The Workbee 750x750 screw drive from Ooznest probably offers the best size/form factor that meets your requirements. Ooznest also has excellent assembly videos and instructions.
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  4. Rasvatri

    Rasvatri New

    Nov 9, 2018
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    Thanks for the input. The 406x406mm isn't a dealbreaker if it allows for a learning curve that's a bit more shallow. I really want it to be enjoyable.Nevertheless, the Workbee indeed seems like the best fit and I'll be doing some more research on that!

    I have zero experience with an arduino or putting machine together so maybe the Workbee kit from Ooznest is the way to go. This comes with XPro and drivers ready to go right?

    This is the kit I consider buying:
    750x750mm Ooznest Workbee
    Screw driven
    Dewalt26200 spindle
    Starter mill kit
    No dust shoe
    No CAM software
    Ethernet connection

    I'll keep posting my progressions, any input is appreciated!

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