First of all I would like to thank Inventables for such a well made kit, the 1000mm X-Carve. I wanted to share some of the tweaks I have done with my X-Carve to make it much easier for me to maintain and use. All of these things were done over time since July of 2015 when my X-Carve arrived. Everything I have done to my X-Carve has been documented by some of the great users here on the forum.
- I built an enclosure for the electronics...I brought all the wiring to busses and used crimp spade connectors on everything. - I began with the Dewalt DWP611 Router as my spindle. - On the motor wires I used 4 connector XLR quick disconnect connectors. - On the limit/home switches I used 1/4" headphone connectors. - I added a 1/4" headphone connector to my Z-Axis zero plate to easily connect and disconnect the plate. - I connected an IOT Relay to start and stop my Dewalt with G-Code. - 3 buttons were added, Green-Cycle Start/Resume, Yellow-Feed Hold, and Red-Reset/Abort. - I added an emergency stop button that kills power to the spindle and the G-Shield. - I reversed how the wiring exit the machine, I wanted the wiring to exit the X-Carve from the back to easily connect with my enclosure. - I replaced the eccentric nuts with eccentric washers and nylock nuts. I have not needed to adjust the eccentric washers once since I did this. - I added the 3/16" steel bar between the X-Axis MakerSlides and secured with furniture bolts, this made an enormous difference reducing chatter to almost nothing while cutting fast on hard woods. - I made a dust shoe, there are so many different versions pick one that makes you happy. - I added an aluminum angle brace halfway down the Y-Axis on both sides and secured to the wasteboard, this completely eliminated any flex on the Y-Axis. - I added a dust shield that runs from front to back on both sides that keeps any loose dust and chips out of the makerslides. I run with no dust collection at times so I can keep an eye on things and the shop-vac is loud.
Nothing I have done was terribly expensive, the Dewalt being the most expensive but I was going to run a router from the beginning so I never looked at this as an upgrade. Nothing I have done was very time consuming. I took everything in small hunks and did it piece by piece as I continued to use the machine. The X-Carve is a very capable machine and I have been able to make quite a few things that have been given away as gifts, used around the house and even sold.
I truely enjoy using the X-Carve! Again, thank you Inventables!