Hey all, I hope you're all well.
I'm about a month away from dropping about £2000 on an Ultimaker 2+.... and then I saw this
On the face of things, considering one also has the option of layer construction (cutting out layers, sticking them together.. kinda plastic spitter-ish) amongst all the other kinds of cutting, engraving etc, it doesn't really seem as if I'd lose any functionality with this machine, in fact there seems to be numerous pluses to this, different materials such as woods, acrylics (probably nylon sheeting?) soft metals (with certain conditions I expect), so this seems to be the far better and more functional machine, but I'm a naturally cynical person... so what's the catch?
I've been searching for vids on the machine, the Carvey specifically, and tbh there really aren't many that aren't by Inventables and if I'm honest most vids I come across for the x-carve are..... showing reliability problems, maybe I'm not searching for the correct thing or not watching enough or they're simply out of date, but I have to admit to at least a little apprehension, YouTube doesn't usually have such a shy bladder, so while I'm here being reassured (hopefully), I thought I'd rattle off all of the other questions I have.
First one (which happens also to be the first topic I stumbled into, and now I'm not so confident. < (maybe that should be 'sad face', I'm not particularly angry) SAFETY... I read the topic that states there are 'asbestos level' dangers with microscopic particles, depending on the material (and even viruses from tropical woods, wow), I have to admit that caused BIG RED FLAGS, and there doesn't seem to be a particularly easy solution apart from drilling holes in the machine and constructing some kind of cyclone HEPA vaccum... Are the dangers real? Is there a more convenient solution?
Second, are there any major limitations to the machine, I'm looking to users who've have been using the machine, but in practice suddenly run into a problem with achieving their intended results, not because of errors but because the machine can't do a thing... I'm not sure if I can ask any specific questions seeing as I have yet tried to do something on it.
I'll stop numbering them and just ask questions by paragraph.. How's the noise levels, TESTED, which is where I saw this BTW, your advertising worked, made out that if not 'quiet' then certainly phone levels of comfort (which I think is pretty quiet, although if they were going to make that point they should have given an example.. they're quite lax on that kind of thing).. Do we have a decibel level? (I have to admit this is why my first jump was for the UM2+, it's supposed to be a quieter beastie)
It's been a long time since I did any woodworking, but my understanding of routing back then is that shape of the groove is down to the shape of the tip, I notice a lot of consternation about v-cuts and a lot of talk about software, so considering that seems to be a current limitation, what am I missing there? Can't we just use a cone shaped cutter tip? At increasing depths it would smooth itself out. Also what I assume to be a connected issue can the z axis and x or y move at the same time? Can dome-ish shapes be done? Could I layer a non-stepped globe for example or roundish bumps of any kind?
Is the machine and it's functionality as good as you thought it'd be? Is this purchase worth it versus a plastic spitter?
Does delivery to the UK pose any problems? (apart from the ones UPS have been causing? <(that's a frown)) (Can you write in big red letters on the box "Very Fragile.. Customer will throttle you at the frontdoor if broken? [/jk...maybe])
How much is carriage?
What's the lead time?
Is there anything else I should be aware of?
Well, that was long winded for a first post.. If you have reached this far, you have my thanks.. and his axe.
Regards, all round. (wait you see, I'll think of another question in a sec...) (Edit.. told ya.)