I bought a generic version of the X-Carve in November last year (I’m from Australia and a local company have a kit, the postage is not a viable option to buy the genuine one). Since then i have been building this enclosure. Thought i would share with everyone.
Fitted some PVC piping for dust extraction and ventilation plus the other piping for electrics and air. Also fitted the trap door with aluminium angle. Then poured around 9 litres of self levelling epoxy.
Yes, this is the 3DTek kit. Overall its pretty good. The AIO controller seems to work fine too. Can’t really compare it to anything else. It was a pain to setup as there were some design changes from the XCarve. One example was the XCarve used 10mm M5 Bolts this needed 8mm M5 bolts due to the extrusion being slightly different depth allowance. But overall i like it.
The wasteboard and extrusion supports will be removed and a piece of 18mm MDF will drop in. The piece of 18mm MDF can either have templates cut or I was going to make a universal vice style attachment for one offs.
I tried to do something similar for dovetails when working on my new baseboard ( Design for a new 1000mm baseboard ) but I ended up giving up on it. Got caught up on the details and it was taking too long.
I am looking forward to seeing how you do it and how you end up using it.
Nathan. Regarding dust control, be aware that your primary objective should not be evacuating the dust out of the box but keeping the dust/chips off the tracks. It doesn’t take much to interfere with the travel of the v-wheels and thus the tool path. That can happen after an hour of machining and create a pc. if junk at that point. If you search for dust control on the forum you’ll see that it is addressed by surrounding the cutting tool itself with an enclosure with the intention of keeping stuff off the tracks more than keeping dust out of the room. I learned the hard way.