I can tell you I chose the Shapoko over XCarve primarily for 3 primary reasons:
- Rigidity of the machine - you can see the extrusion comparison and it is night and day difference
- Software being not cloud based - I don’t want to be at the mercy of Inventibles site being up to use the machine and I don’t like the concept of the premium services having a montly fee.
- The XL size was just what I was looking for - working out of a garage I don’t have space for a deep machine and the countertop depth worked well for my shop.
Beyond that it came to cost and the Shapoko was a small premium that made it easy for me to decide it was worth it.
I have not had the machine for a long time but I have already experiment with success cutting out parts, engraving, v-carve inlays, and working with pieces larger than the bed. Most of the issues I have had were my fault or easily resolved with searching or posting on this fine community right here.
Happy to answer any other questions or specifics you may have, but for me I am very happy with my decision and have a lot of future projects and ideas slated for my machine!