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    Craftsman Compucarve

    Hey all,

    Received a flyer for the Sears Compucarve in the mail today...it's basically a $1799 CNC cutting machine for home use. A quick search of the forums didn't turn up any mention of it, so I thought I'd post a link to the manafacturers here:

    http://www.carvewright.com/

    (Sears is now marketing the machine under the Craftsman brand name).

    Looks like a fantastic way of producing custom bezels...the machine can work with polycarbonate and acrylic and can cut materials up to 14" wide, 5" thick, and of unlimited length to a maximum depth of 1" with a precision of .006" (which is about .15mm). Design software is included that allows custom 3D design.

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    can i use solid works with it....???

    looks pretty cool, and 1800 isnt bad.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz0rz View Post
    can i use solid works with it....???

    looks pretty cool, and 1800 isnt bad.
    Straight from the FAQ off that website:

    Can I import files from other CAD packages?
    Currently the software can only import standard graphics files. Advanced versions of the software will have the ability to import other file types.
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    Can the machine use G-Code programs?
    The software cannot import or export in G-code presently. Advanced versions of the software will have the ability to import and export G-code.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seanz0rz View Post
    can i use solid works with it....???

    looks pretty cool, and 1800 isnt bad.
    I figured that lack of Solid works support would be an issue for you people. :-) Maybe the "advanced" version of the software won't be an expensive upgrade...

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    If you have the skills, a machine like this isn't hard to make. I'm currently building a CNC router which runs off G-code (Solidworks, etc supported ).
    The beauty of it is you could make it for under $1000AU easily.
    I think I have spent about $500AU on mine.

    check out www.cnczone.com about DIY.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob^ View Post
    If you have the skills, a machine like this isn't hard to make. I'm currently building a CNC router which runs off G-code (Solidworks, etc supported ).
    The beauty of it is you could make it for under $1000AU easily.
    I think I have spent about $500AU on mine.

    check out www.cnczone.com about DIY.
    So...I just throw some industrial strength stepper motors, a high strength, accurate frame, a nice, robust power supply, and a high speed data interface in a box, shake it up, and out comes my very own CNC machine?

    Great! ;-)

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    I'll break it down
    Stepper motors 2 x $80AUS, 1xfree
    Circuitry / Powersupply - $250AUS
    Ball screws - 1 x $140AUS, 1 x $60AUS, 1 x free
    Bearings $89AUS
    Router - $90AUS
    Material - Free

    Yeah it's nothing like that one in the link, but it'll have the accuracy to do circuit boards(my main intention) aswell as craft bits out of MDF.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I've got a feeling your post is mocking me. DIY CNC machines arn't science. It's simple fabrication. Accurate fabrication.
    That forum link I posted is proof.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bob^ View Post

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but I've got a feeling your post is mocking me. DIY CNC machines arn't science. It's simple fabrication. Accurate fabrication.
    That forum link I posted is proof.
    Caught red-handed! I was most certainly mocking your post, but only because you were so nonchalant about building a relatively complex machine like a CNC router...something that I certainly don't have the knowledge or resources to accomplish.

    The forum that you linked seems to be the equivalent to mp3car.com for building a DIY CNC router...the internet is amazing in its ability to connect people with similar interests!

    Good luck with your project. :-)

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    I will agree with the last post in stating that this thing looks to be like something on par with some of the diy kits Ive seen online

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    Quote Originally Posted by parksgm View Post
    Caught red-handed! I was most certainly mocking your post, but only because you were so nonchalant about building a relatively complex machine like a CNC router...something that I certainly don't have the knowledge or resources to accomplish.

    The forum that you linked seems to be the equivalent to mp3car.com for building a DIY CNC router...the internet is amazing in its ability to connect people with similar interests!

    Good luck with your project. :-)
    I guess you must have missed the bit where i said IF YOU HAVE THE SKILLS.
    Ignorance at it's finest...

    Oh and lots of people have had success making the frames from something simple like MDF
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