It’s been discussed heavily in the weeks leading up the announcement by the early access group. Inventables is a business, they need revenue, eventually, sales of CNC hardware will slow down, money needs to keep flowing.
Their implementation of vcarving is indeed very simple, in fact, it’s so simple you can crank out a sign in minutes compared to other ‘pro’ software. So there’s a tradeoff, perhaps many small businesses who make signs don’t need a whole ton of features when speed and simplicity is all they want and need. When was the last time you used the many many features of modern day word processors or spreadsheet apps? Tons of features are there, but in reality, most people don’t need them all.
Businesses that make money using Xcarve and do vcarving probably already have a solution and will continue to use what they have, they’re used to it. But this will encourage NEW businesses to get started, with less up-front, and can get to making signs very fast.
I, for one, don’t the overly simplistic design of Easel, but I’ve made lots of things with it and it’s not too bad…just ugly.
More features to Easel Pro, (would get other hobbyists to buy in)
3D printer ( the market is still in its infancy)
And I’m sure others have some ideas as well.
Since my sweetheart bought my Xcarve for me last Christmas, I’ve only seen one hardware item they’ve introduced in that time…a vacuum attachment. Perhaps more items are on the way, but they’re a small company. It takes awhile.
Face it. Inventables does software very poorly. They don’t track updates. I doubt that they have any controlled build or testing process. Things break too often. It’s a daily occurence to see posts about ‘Easel isn’t working today’. That’s one thing when the software is free, entirely another matter when you’re charging for it. They definitely need a more professional development team.
The hardware support isn’t much better. All add-ons are third party. The best new product they can come up with is a dust arm (a very pricey one at that). The machine design is falling way behind in terms of current development. Belt drives fail, fail, fail. Unless you redesign and rebuild the base, you can’t keep the system in alignment.
Inventables seems to be a company in search of a product. Their hardware is primitive, and the software isn’t any better.
Can you point me to an out of the box non-belt driven machine with free software at the same price point that anyone can build and start carving with in just a few hours? Oh, and also has great customer support?
It’s one thing if you outgrow it, but I think your critique is very unfair considering the market void the X-Carve has filled and filled very well.
I think since they are trying to reach business carvers with EP ,.they should develop an enhanced X-carve that is even better suited for production use than the current model…at a price point that beats the other machines that are out there.
edit: That sounded better in my head, not sure my wording is very good.