Steve - I did a bit of stalking. You posted some shop pictures back in 2016 - nice space. Wish mine was half as clean and organized. Here’s what’s catching my attention - you have thousands of dollars worth of tools, but they are ALL manual. With the exception of the X-carve, there’s little to no continuing cost to keep the equipment running outside of normal wear and tear.
Here’s the world I come from - I’m typing this on a computer that’s loaded with close to $15,000 worth of software. There’s two more workstations in the shop that are probably over $12,000 each. You know what I get for roughly $40k in investments? A bunch of post cards every time a new major revision is released, offering me discounted prices for upgrading early. I’m NOT a subscriber to Easel pro for one reason - I’m not a fan of subscription services. I would much rather pay a couple hundred bucks for current version and pay again to upgrade when enough features have been added to justify the upgrade cost. I’m running one particular piece of software that hasn’t been upgraded since 2007 because we use it to run output on a single machine, and while the new versions have significantly better design features, they don’t output any better than the old version.
$25 a month is peanuts for software. It works out to $300 a year. My thermal printer (that one piece of equipment I referenced) is driven by a $5400 piece of software. If I were to purchase the 4’ x 8’ flatbed router that company offers it’s a $92,000 piece of equipment, and it requires a $1600 upgrade plus a $2300 add-in package for my existing software that ISN’T included in that price.
Why do I mention all of this? Because you purchased a CAD/CAM device. That x-carve is a taste of my world - a world in which you pay to play or you go home. If you don’t want to pay, then continue to use the free software and appreciate the fact that it continues to be upgraded - at no cost - on a fairly regular basis. If this isn’t acceptable let me know when your machine goes up for sale. I’ve got a fair bit of time on mine, and could use a good parts machine.