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    Question for all Shapeoko guys

    Whats your thoughts on the shapeoko 3 with the dewalt router used for spindle

    I am on the edge since i seen some videos of it with the Dewalt router cutting aluminum.

    If i get in the water i am looking at the XXL unit to get the largest cutting area which just makes it for a project i have in mind.

    Now i see the difference between the standard unit and the xxl upgrade kit versus the xxl unit on it own is only $100. Looks pretty attractive to order it in that form .

    Any thoughts and opinions welcome.

    The rails i see on the shapeoko 3 look nice and beefy in comparison to the XCarve.
    cheers

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    Rob, you are the only one who can answer your question.

    Why do you want a CNC machine?

    Do you want to go into manufacturing a product or do you just want make a few things for yourself and friends/family?

    My Shapeoko2 is doing what I want. Carol went a lot farther because she has a manufacturing plan. Leo went with what he has because he has a plan.

    What do you want to do?
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    my shapeoko 2 is doing just what i want. the only thing i would change is the width of my y axis. i've got enough length, but a touch more width would be nice.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    my shapeoko 2 is doing just what i want. the only thing i would change is the width of my y axis. i've got enough length, but a touch more width would be nice.
    If I recall properly, you built your SO2 the "classic" way: gantry is X; long rails are Y. By using the tiling function of VCarve, you actually have no true Y limit - make a cut, then shift to the next index point.
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    yup, all i need do is tile it, and it creates the proper tool paths. but, with only about 11 inches of x axis, i'd like to go a bit wider, not taking up too much space.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan Noren View Post
    yup, all i need do is tile it, and it creates the proper tool paths. but, with only about 11 inches of x axis, i'd like to go a bit wider, not taking up too much space.
    OK, so you need more "X", not "Y".....

    You're just trying to confuse me!!!
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    Well i just want some prototypes. Had found a place here to do them with a big machine but now they dont take that kind of work, so i was thinking ..what the heck diy then can farm out production when it suites me.
    Its a bit like my vacuum forming experience. Company said they do prototypes and small runs, took them 3 weeks to tell me what i wanted was going to be in the order of 5k for tooling. Yeah right.
    And trust me i know about the pricing and setup costs etc for small jobs.
    I could teach a few of these guys about contract manufacturing....they aint got a clue here.

    One can always flush out serious and non serious customers through contracts and non recurring engineering costs to5 cover initial setup and amortize over initial production run with a letter of credit to cover entire purchase order.
    But i aint come across ant small business that understands that sentence. Then they wonder why they sitting with no work.
    Sorry but i am tired of people who complain about Asia but have no clue how to do a deal when its in front of their eyes.

    Anyway getting away from topic, indirectly Bill and Dan have answered my question. If i decide to pull the trigger then i will just go xxl and if i need larger then tile like Dan mentions.
    But i am going to some more searching first.

    Thanks Dan and Bill for the input.
    cheers

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    FWIW, I'm planning on making a bracket so I can mount a dewalt router on my Big Ox. Its 1500x1000. I set the X up to run the long way, and the gantry to do the Y, but it's all really about how you plan out the project with tiling I reckon.
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    I have a DW611 on my SO2 using a mount I designed and cut. I have no problem with the assembly.
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