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Workbee 1510 or XO

Discussion in 'CNC Mills/Routers' started by Elmar, Aug 2, 2018.

  1. Elmar

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    Found this site while searching for a CNC for woodworking.

    I see that the kits are even available on eBay at a little better pricing than on the site here.

    That being said, I was looking at the 1510 in the 60"X40" size as I feel that will allow me to later accommodate virtually any product.

    Does the XO come in that size?

    If I order the various options like the motors, power supply, router etc, what else would I need to complete the kit and start working?

    Thanks!

    Elmar
     
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    Rick 2.0 OpenBuilds Team
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    That's because they are Chinese knock offs and not genuine OpenBuilds quality. If you go that route don't expect support from either them or from OpenBuilds when you have problems.

    Please understand that Openbuilds exists in a sort of maker ecosystem. While the company supports the forum and the forum supports the company, the reality is the ecosystem is much larger than that. The forum allows free exchange of opensource concepts and ideas. It offers support for both OpenBuilds concepts and concepts well beyond what OpenBuilds has to offer. It even allows for 3rd party vendors who actively play a part in the OpenBuilds ecosystem to provide solutions. And you'll find the forum is pretty wide open as to what can be discussed. But the line has to be drawn at the knockoff vendors. They not only do nothing to support the ecosystem they harm the main resource that keeps it alive.

    As for the XO (sic), there is no official kit from OpenBuilds*. You make it whatever size you want. Realistically though the (genuine) Workbee 1510 is a better machine as it has a stiffer gantry beam. The Ox is a much older design and the Workbee is the improved evolution of that original design. (*Official kits do exist from a couple of authorized retailers though. Ooznest and SMW3D come to mind. Ox plate sets are available from several forum supporters. It should be noted that there are no authorized retailers or plate set manufacturers in China.)
     
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    Thank you so much for that great explanation.

    That being said, how do I, as a novice determine a list of parts that I will need to buy that will be all inclusive?
     
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    Assuming you're going with the Workbee 1510, the store page includes a list of options as part of the add to cart process. (This is really a list of required elements but listed as options in case you already have your own or other preferred elements you'd rather substitute.) Beyond that you should really only need wiring and a spoil board. Limit switches are optional but generally considered a good idea to have. (Some builders have them and love them, some don't have them and don't miss them. Some actually have them and fight with them.) Cable chains are also a good idea as they keep wiring neat. Beyond that all I can think of recommending would be an E-stop button. Great to have if for some reason things should run amok.

    The main suggestion I would make before jumping in though would be read, read, read. Go through the Workbee build pages and their associated discussion boards, read up on the various controller board and software options. But largely you need to determine where you intend to go with the machine, what you intend to do with it. This helps prevent second thoughts (i.e. regrets) down the line.
     
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    plan on mostly wood carving, signs, emblems, home d├ęcor type, hobby poducts
     
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    Rick 2.0 OpenBuilds Team
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    Yes, the Workbee 1510 should be a good fit.

    If you're ready to get started, the OpenBuilds Part Store is having a free shipping weekend for US orders over $99.
     

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