I’m curious how other Carvey users feel about their machines? Frankly, I’m a little disappointed, and wish I hadn’t bought it.
I use a Glowforge laser for a lot of stuff, but hate that I’m limited to a maximum material height of .4 inches (assuming I leave the crumb tray in). The crumb tray isn’t adjustable, so if you want to cut anything bigger than '4 inches, you have to remove the crumb tray, but have something that brings the top of the material within that '4 in range of the laser. Needless to say, it can be quite a PITA at times.
I saw the Carvey, liked what I saw initially and got myself one. The initial cuts all worked great, and things were fine as long as I was satisfied with the limits of Easel. But I wanted more, I wanted to look into doing some actual carving.
First came purchasing bits. Oh my lord, there’s a lot of bits out there. Every conceivable size and shape, it can be quite overwhelming for a novice. And expensive if you really don’t know what you’re doing, which I don’t.
I got myself a copy of Aspire. Another purchase I severely regret. I bought it because of the 3D modeling, except it doesn’t really work well as a 3d modeling application. It’s great for putting 3D models together to create something overall, but the actual modeling tools are severely limited (in comparison to a 3D application). Can’t even select a rectangle, and extrude it up? wtf…
And VCarving? Holy crap, I’ve yet to get a single VCarve to actually come out correctly. Perhaps because of the super small size of the Carvey work area, my text itself is too small to actually get to look good. And I have to use a v-bit and actually vcarve because that seems to be the only way to do text. Pocket doesn’t work because I guess the text is too small, profile doesn’t work because it outlines the text… How in the holy heck do I just carve the small text… seems like it should be simple…
Everytime I just want to create a beveled groove such as a rectangle, I try the v-bit there as well, with specifying the depth so I get the grooved line I want, but then when importing it into Easel, and any profile path with a vbit I have in my project, each and every time screws up. I only get a rectangle either half the height I want, or half the width. It’s frustrating because there doesn’t seem to be a reason for it. It look good in the preview screen, and in easel the path looks right, but every time I cut it, it’s screwed up.
Getting projects into Easel is a whole lot of fun as well. The cutting size of the Carvey is aprox 11.6 x 8, except you cannot use a project that size in Aspire because you have to account for the 2.5x2.5 area for the smart clamp in the lower left corner.
I know, this just reads like a whole lot of bitching and complaining, and I apologize for that. I’ve had this thing for a a little over a month, and the only things I’ve been able to successfully make are those simple things you can do in Easel only. Perhaps that’s what I should limit myself too, but seems like a huge waste of money to do simple blocks only.
I’m frustrated, a little angry, as well as a little depressed. I just kinda wanted to vent some of my frustrations… Sorry to have bothered you all…