Inventables give me their X-Carve for FREE!few months ago, Michael from Inventables tweeted me, asked me to test out their latest carving machine X-Carve DIY kit, they'll send me the CNC carving machine kit for free.
to configure my machine, i went into inventables.com, i chose 500mm x 500mm because my apartment has limited space.
according to the introduction, this machine is customizable & upgradable, the "Fully Loaded" 500mm x 500mm i selected cost about 1,000 usd. you can also choose "Basic Kit" to save cost.
fully loaded: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/x-carve/customize#fully-loaded
basic kit: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/x-carve/customize#basic-kit
last month, the package finally arrived, my X-Carve DIY kit (500mm), so excited! :)
Inventables based in Chicago, they ship worldwide, they give me the machine free, all i need to do is make a video about my experience & give my opinion.
so many first time in this project :)
first unboxing video, first time assembling a machine - i seldom use power tools, but this is easier than expected, just like building a LEGO/brick project.
i find that written instruction is more accurate & up to date. watch & read online instruction & video here: http://x-carve-instructions.inventables.com/step02/
assembling the machine:i found this simple enough, i don't have any trouble here, maybe because i read all the instruction before i start, i also completed the 36 insertion nuts manually, without any power tools :)
wiring electronics:to me, the electronics is slightly challenging, i couldn't find my soldering iron, so i skip some of the advance function, such as wiring the limit switch, soldering pins to gShiled & spindle control.
but do take note, the machine will works just fine without those 3 electronics, i can control the machine manually, such as turn on spindle manually. anyway i will upgrade it in the future.
and btw, the Inventables Forum is also very helpful, when i first power on the machine, i didn't install the Arduino correctly, but i found the solution by searching on their forum.
this machine is so badass, yes it is black! blend nicely in my batcave :)
i tested carving on cardboard, it doesn't came out as good as other user carving wood, but i will need to experiment more on how to carve soft material like foam, thick paperboard.
interesting X-Carve projects by others: https://www.inventables.com/projects
special thanks to Michael Una for contacting & offering me to try their X-Carve.