I have a small woodworking business, that offers mostly lathe-turned products for Fiber Artists - knitters, crocheters, and spinners. We’re beginning to branch out into products that would be best manufactured with a CNC router.
In addition, I’m following a personal interest in sportscars, into exotic wood shift knobs. I’d like to use a hardwood “coin” engraved with a shift pattern, to add to the knob. This coin could be any sort of hardwood, even harder types like Ebony. Again, I think this would best done with a CNC Router.
The Inventables product line seems to be a good way to “test the waters” as it were, without a huge investment, and learn how these machines and their supporting design software work best.
The price is right, but is the quality of the X-Carve line suitable for small-scale production to begin with? How far can that capacity scale until the needs of the business go beyond what the X-Carve can provide. Or, is this simply not something to worry about?
We would begin production runs of say, a dozen at a time, with several runs a month. If the products take off, more product would have to be manufactured. I doubt we would ever get into thousands a month. Maybe not even hundreds, although those numbers are appealing!
So, while I have little doubt that X-Carve can get us started, how far can it grow?
Your thoughts, comments, questions and derisive peals of laughter would all be welcome