I am on the fence about buying an CNC machine. I have spent months looking at all the different machines available, with my particular favorite being the Carbide3D XXL. I’m finally seeing the light at the end of the tunnel for my new workshop, so now I’ll have room for one. I’ve played around with Fusion360, Carbide Create, but I’m most experienced with Sketchup, having designed several woodworking projects with it. I don’t want to waste a free trial of VCarve Pro without having a machine.
I’d love to do 2.5D carvings, 2D projects, V-bit signs, so many things… but I’m afraid of buying a machine only to have it collect dust instead of generate dust due to my limited software knowledge, lack of artistic talent, and a lack of pre-done designs. I’m half afraid I won’t be able to translate the ideas in my head to a design on the computer.
So… to get to the point of this post: Please tell me about your experience with your machine!
- Did you have much experience with CNC/CAD/CAM before buying your machine?
- Which software do you use, and why?
- Does the software you use have an active community generating projects you can use?
- Do you generate your own designs from scratch, give your own flair to pre-done design elements, or find projects created by others?
Thanks in advance for your input.