BTW, if you do a search, you will find others who have put two machines together making an XXL into a machine that has more than 4 times the usable area. They used attached the extrusions internally so there was no interference for the V wheels. Personally, I wpuld prefer an official product with no seams.
First, I appreciate you discussing this with me. I use the Shapeoko in my daily business. I fabricate signage and it’s pretty amazing what I can accomplish with this hobby level machine.
I have done an exhaustive research on low cost CNC machines available. No one has reached this low price point as the Carbide folks, using belts instead of a screw drive system and comes as a kit. If your cutting soft materials there is no need for these over the top systems. I just need a lager bed.
Can I please purchase (2) rails, maybe 54" long? I will pay top dollar.
There are other options on the market. I just think they could grab a bigger market share if they offered a larger bed. Only needs to be on the X axis.
If I need end plates I can visit my local metal fabrication shop and have some waterjet cut out of aluminum or steel. This is not the issue. The issue is obtaining these awesome rails. I would pay good money for a set. I bet I’m not the only one.