Thread: The ox max cnc
Hi, first off I'm pretty much a stranger when I comes to cnc machines however confident in autocad and cad cam so not unfamiliar with computers however I'm mac through and through.
I work at a small cabinet makers and were looking to expand our facilities slightly.
First off off I must stress this isn't a stand alone commercial venture, the machine will probably get 80 hours of use a year, if that. So were looking for a cheap machine to experiment with. It's main uses will be cutting simple curves and angles in 3-18mm mdf that we can then copy with a normal router....
Weve found the ox max cnc which can be spec'd to cut 1200mm wide so is probably the size machine we'd want I was also concerned about flex in the rails so I've emailed them, they can also supply it with doubled rails and a 90 degree rail along the y axis to create an 'I beam' construction
secondly, accuracy needs to be about 1/3mm the system uses a belt drive will this deliver?
Lastly this needs to be as simple to operate as possible, I have autocad and mesh am on my mac to generate g code could I then save the g code to USB stick and use something like this to wipe out the need for a cheap PC?
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So to finish really we want something to play around with mainly for exhibition pieces we have a full workshop of tooling and this is purely an experimental thing to learn basic cnc, we're not relying on it for income.
Has anybody got one of these machines yet? I know they are very new on the market but some first hand experience would be great rather than speculated opinion?
I wouldn't waste my money on this machine or those electronics because both will give nothing but problems and frustration. The results will be mediocre and progressively get worse as the newness wears off, which probably won't be long.!
I hear what your saying regards use but why bother if your not going to make full use of CNC capabilty's.? Also while at the moment without CNC experience your thinking you'll not have much call for it but I promise that when you realise just what can be done your needs will rise very sharply and then you'll really see the limitations of weak flimsy machine like this.!
There's really no way to do this on the cheap other than DIY build it and if you try the Kit route be warned you'll most likely come to regret it and very quickly with the flimsy varities out there.!
Not being Negative here I'm being realistic which as come thru experience helping others who have tried taking the cheap route only to regret it.!
I'm with Jazz. That machine is little more than a toy. Doubling up the gantry beam will do little for stiffness. Belt drive is for toys, as well as those electronics.
It's main uses will be cutting simple curves and angles in 3-18mm mdf that we can then copy with a normal router....
Spending 2-3 times the money can get you a machine that can do real work. If you want to build a machine to learn, buy a 300mm x 300mm machine.
Thanks for the advice this I think, was what I was thinking in the back of my mind, another option is the elu 860 again I know these are pretty archaic by modern terms but I also know it's a better machine any opinions on these?
I also understand that that the more I use it the more I'll find use for it and so longevity does play a part bit as I say we are a small company (3 employees) and so really we want something to just have a play with hence the elu was an option....
Budgets not masses because it's something were kinda teasing into though I do admit I wouldn't want simply throw money away we'd rather spend more now than regret it later
I'm open to any suggestions on which kind of machine too