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Forum topic by Dutchstar13 posted 07-15-2020 01:29 AM 357 views 0 times favorited 3 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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07-15-2020 01:29 AM

Just in the process of narrowing down my choices of a CNC machine for a hobbyist/ small business situation. I am looking for a plug and play machine and have narrowed it down to 2 choices,that being a ShopSabre 23 and a Camaster Stinger 1. Anyone have any comments about either one thru thier usage of them. Also very interested in the after sales tech support? I am situated in Western Canada far from the factories in both cases.

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#1 posted 07-15-2020 12:14 PM

You didn’t say what sort of things you hope to do with it. I am a relative novice and I don’t have any experience with either machine you are considering but if you are just going to do some basic V-carving for signs for example almost any machine will do that, especially if you have one of the Vectric software packages. If you want to do more elaborate projects, the software stack may be the just as important, especially if you are looking for a minimal learning curve. I am not sure what you mean by plug and play exactly but don’t underestimate the learning curve. Creating 3D reliefs may require some fairly expensive software that may not be included with the machine and can take a while to figure out before you get the results you are looking for. It is not hard exactly but I would not consider any that I have seen (not that I have that much experience) truly plug and play. It is not like sending an image to a printer. You may understand that already but when I hear someone use the plug and play term, I just want to make sure that you have the right expectations.

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#2 posted 07-17-2020 09:11 PM

I’ve heard a lot of good things about CAMaster, although I believe they are located in Georgia. I know they typically will come and help you set-up the machine and give you a quick overview of the machine. Now I don’t know if they would be able to visit you in Western Canada without paying an extra fee. It would be best to just message each company directly, I am sure they do whatever they can to earn a customer.

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#3 posted 08-05-2020 05:22 PM

Look into and .
It will take some time to build it yourself, I have a modified “Joe’s” but you can build it to your own
space and the learning experience is invaluable. You’ll know how to fix things that break.
Joe’s new design , the Evolution, goes together pretty quick from what I understand. (I have an older version)

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