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    Default XYZ Carve and its success

    I purchased an XYZ carve last year 2018 and spent the last 15 months or so learning the ropes.
    It's an Australian modified version of the open source x carve and as far as I can tell one of the best hobby grade cnc routers around, especially for the price.

    Have started to making various things with it and consider I have some reasonable experience with it. Happy to share advice if anyone has questions but this doesn't appear to be the place to post project pictures, nor can i find what looks to be the right place.

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    You can post photos by selecting ďGo AdvancedĒ
    We would love to see some photos.

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    I was thinking about getting this kit myself. However now I'm leaning more towards the OX. The OX just looks more robust but I don't know if it really is.
    What size is your XYZ?

    Please do post pics and works.

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    As requested. Pic of Setup, built on a custom fold up bench on castors, because I have no room to leave it up all the time.

    It's the largest size available, has 750x750mm working area and about 40mm vertical movement.
    Makita router.

    Works fine as long as you don't try to push it too hard. Unsure of the OX but a quick look suggests they would be similar in performance as both are using aluminium profile for the frame.

    I've lots of other pictures I will try to put up with both images of building stuff and the setup arrangements.

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    Thanks for the post and the pics. Look forward to catching up with you at Strathalbyn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by DaveVman View Post
    However now I'm leaning more towards the OX. The OX just looks more robust but I don't know if it really is.
    Which OX are you looking at - the small unit or the large unit? I’ve been having a look as them as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lappa View Post
    Which OX are you looking at - the small unit or the large unit? Iíve been having a look as them as well.
    I would like the larger one. It's a bit of a struggle to save up for it but we'll get there. I also have a space problem and I will have to get creative to solve that.

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    Thanks.
    Space is also a major problem for me as well. I already have the steppers and controllers from my router project but itís still a chunk of money.

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    A few more photographs of both the machine and some projects.

    The below is the router in its storage position. Sits on castor wheels and I can move it about the poor excuse for a workshop I have.

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    Early attempts at epoxy inlay coasters. Worked quite well but the design needs refining, currently I need to make sure that the exact amount of required epoxy is used to fill the cut recess. Too much and it overflows, too little and its not flat. Not particuarly hard but takes a while to get right.
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    A dice tower with alternative method of epoxy inlay, This technique simply overfilled the recess and was sanded back to level. Finish was a spray coat of varnish.
    Does the job mostly, needs some refining again and a few desing modifications as the bottom loses the die now and then. Still I'm happy for a first design.

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    Did you buy the CNC local or off flea bay?

    Iím interested in details of the software as well as you said it was adapted locally I think.

    Cheers

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    Bone Inspector,

    To help prevent the epoxy seeping into the wood you could seal the timber after you’ve made the cut. I’d use clear shellac painted on, let it dry then add the epoxy. When the epoxy is sanded back as far as the shellac you should get a clean surface. Better still, even if there is any residual shellac in the grain, almost any other finish will play nice with it.

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    Software is a mixture of various things

    Fusion 360, ugs, camotics, inkscape.

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    Hi BoneInspector,

    Nice to see someone else with the xyz carve. I have had mine for a while but was so frustrated putting it together/the company I hadn't used it very much until recently. Still not functioning 100%-my emergency cut off switch does absolutely nothing haha.

    I very much like your Australia map project, very cool. Looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    Jacob

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    Thanks, I'm about to move so the router will need to go into storage for a bit till I sort out how to continue to use it.

    Had no problems with the electrics so long as I followed the instructions really carefully.

    It also has using the recommended controller from the site a poorly documented probe signal I tapped into to make setting bit height much easier. Not quite automated in the way some are but work fine for the use I have for it

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