Just finished a new build of an XXL following directions provided by Carbide 3D. I estimate it took twice as long as needed due to some issues with the directions provided/lack of labeling on packaging. I could give you a line-by-line review of difficulties experienced if it would be beneficial, but I’d rather not waste any more of my time if they are not likely to be incorporated into the manual.
Also - why is the X-Drag chain routed to the front when the natural wire path with the milled in hole in the Y-axis endplate would bring it in from the back? The picture in the assembly guide even shows that the drag chain is missing 3 covers due to the odd fit.
I installed my drag chain to the back and it fits perfectly well this way, thought the cords all enter the electronics enclosure via the front.
Some simple suggestions for the Carbide 3D team to ease installation for the rest of us who are not yet CNC masters:
Color code or label the cable ends of the wires on steppers, wires and control board to easily match and ease first-use without grinding against ends.
Show slightly wider view of belt install to see that the belt on top (with teeth facing down) is the one that continues the length of the gantry. Something that is obvious to anyone who has done this before - not to a noob like me. No single picture in the instructions shows which belt stops and which continues. Also, clarify installation to include ‘ping-pong’ method that ensures fully tightening both ends of the belt and suggested acceptable level of tension (i.e. slip no more than 1 finger under belt)
There is very little information on wiring that is not endstop related. Nothing addresses running wiring to the spindle itself.
I had no Allen Wrench or single use wrench that would fit the drag chain hardware. (otherwise, excellent tools were included.)
Add annotations/circles/highlights on the endstop photos as they are hard to decipher for a noob whose not familiar with the machine.
Several bags were not labeled, but instructions indicated they would be. Possibly include a sheet with true to life screw sizes to know which screw is which and help with ID of ‘spare parts’.
Include software instructions to setup carbide motion & grbl with endstops and larger bed size directly in the XXL instruction page.
That’s it off the top of my head, but I know there was more if I look back at my notes…
I am looking forward to testing the machine and getting cutting now that I’ve successfully completed the logo with marker!