Last Updated: September 19, 2019

Genmitsu CNC 3018 PRO Router Kit GRBL Control 3 Axis Plastic Acrylic PCB PVC Wood Carving Milling Engraving Machine XYZ Working Area 300x180x45mm

Last Updated: September 19, 2019
7.5
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/10
Total Reviews
111
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Review Summary - 101 recent, verified reviews

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Setup
 27
assembly, easy, assemble, software, easy to assemble
+93%
-7%
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" ...  Assembly is super easy!  ...  "
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" ...  Assembly was straightforward.  ...  "
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" ...  Assembly is straight forward with an excellent pictorial guide.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to learn via YouTube and they will teach you how to install the machine and get you Gcodes from clip art.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy assembly, instructions basically pictures , no words.  ...  "
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" ...  Assembly was easy and took about an hour.  ...  "
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" ...  The kit was easy to assemble, instruction were very good and simple to follow.  ...  "
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" ...  Unit came quickly and very well packaged, assembly was straight forward.  ...  "
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Ease of Use
 23
software, instructions, assembly, simple, assemble
+87%
-13%
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" ...  The directions are very Ikea-esque and are easy enough even for an absolute beginner.  ...  "
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" ...  Assembly is super easy!  ...  "
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" ...  Assembly is straight-forward for someone with a modicum of mechanical skill.  ...  "
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" ...  Reasonably priced but extremely well built and easy to assemble.  ...  "
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" ...  Pretty easy overall.  ...  "
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" ...  Product performs ok. Easy to assembly.  ...  "
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" ...  When i got this, assembly wasn’t too difficult.  ...  "
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" ...  Assembly - assembly was easy  ...  "
Build Quality
 22
wood, axis, frame, loose, aluminum
+64%
-36%
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" ...  The unit is well designed and constructed.  ...  "
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" ...  They will go through the protective sleeve they come in very easily.  ...  "
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" ...  Right now though, with it all propperly tightened and the machine set sturdy I havent actually experienced flex on it, which is a nice surprise and thats why I gave a 5 for accuracy, I know its description accuracy, but the actual accuracy is 5 stars.  ...  "
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" ...  The machine is well constructed and sturdy.  ...  "
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" ...  Looks amd feel of this tool is very sturdy and sleek. ... Ensure you add a line to gcode before the spindle starts at the starting travel height (Z axis) or it will cut into your material during initial travel.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been absolutely blown away with the quality construction and ease of use! ... When I opened the box and saw the layers of parts, I was terrified that it would feel flimsy and be difficult to install.  ...  "
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" ...  While it is relatively small and lighter duty (you won't be cutting big steel pieces with it) it's still remarkable that for $200 you can get an excellent little machine like this that's good to teach beginners the principles of CNC operation with or that's good for a smaller secondary CNC for light work for more experienced users. ... The interior box holds all the components in padded foam and shrink wrap. ... The machine itself does use what looks like reinforced resin sheets for major structural components, so don't expect big machine rigidity, but it is definitely rigid enough to cut foam, wood, plexi, and aluminum (if you take relatively shallow passes at it).  ...  "
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" ...  The frame is nice and rigid. ... They threw in an extra screw or two, which was great because one screw came badly threaded. ... Hint: Assemble the frame loosely fit and don’t tighten (most of) the screws all the way until it’s all together.  ...  "
Software Platform
 17
code, error, machine, test, easel
+53%
-47%
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" ...  Amazing customer service and a great Facebook page.  ...  "
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" ...  As I progress through getting to know the hardware better I will update this posting.  ...  "
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" ...  Computer software was next.  ...  "
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" ...  For this purpose, I find that the free-to-use Easel software works quite well.  ...  "
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" ...  The kit comes with everything you need to get started including some bits and a disk with software. ... A word on software:  ...  "
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" ...  All the software needed is free and downloadable. ... The disk included has Candle and a firmware update, as well as a few other things.  ...  "
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" ...  There's a very good Sain Smart CNC Facebook community with a number of excellent project ideas and mods to CNC kit.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 16
board, replacement, days, code, working
+50%
-50%
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" ...  my machine had a board failure after 2 weeks.  ...  "
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" ...  But now I’m stuck with a broken cnc machine 😕  ...  "
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" ...  One of the stepper motors failed second time I used it.  ...  "
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" ...  Ok it is a few weeks later and we have finally got this connected to a Windows 10 computer. ... At that point I received an error code ... “1: % <error:1” . ... The error windows gives a choice to ignore or abort. ... And as one would have it there are no error code/clearance listings in the g code.  ...  "
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" ...  They last for about 4 minutes of engraving and then burn out.  ...  "
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" ...  Board was dead on arrival  ...  "
Fit
 14
loose, screws, axis, together, spindle
+57%
-43%
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" ...  Using the booklet as a guide, I loosely assembled the base, then moved onto the Aluminum work area, pillar blocks (Sliders) and drive mechanism to move the work area forward and back (Y-Axis).  ...  "
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" ...  Ensure you add a line to gcode before the spindle starts at the starting travel height (Z axis) or it will cut into your material during initial travel.  ...  "
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" ...  1) Use Locktite on the set screws for the spindle fasteners. ... 2) Purchase better hold-downs.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought some end mill bits and they work great for cutting out larger projects including aluminum!  ...  "
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" ...  Pieces not marked and are easy to mistake left for right.  ...  "
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" ...  The interior box holds all the components in padded foam and shrink wrap.  ...  "
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" ...  They threw in an extra screw or two, which was great because one screw came badly threaded. ... Hint: Assemble the frame loosely fit and don’t tighten (most of) the screws all the way until it’s all together.  ...  "
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" ...  It took me a whole night to put all the pieces together.  ...  "
Hair
 11
cutting, cnc, machine, cuts, threaded
+73%
-27%
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" ...  It is not going to make deep cuts and do it very fast, but it does it pretty accurately.  ...  "
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" ...  One thing I feel they need to improve on is the cleaning up of any cut or threaded parts before sending out. ... I did have to carefully wipe away some cut aluminum threading that was left on several of the threaded parts.  ...  "
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" ...  All base components come with a grease on them probably from CNC cutting the components itself.  ...  "
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" ...  IT'S All good just make sure everything is tight and cut slow it's a desktop machine.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought some end mill bits and they work great for cutting out larger projects including aluminum!  ...  "
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" ...  Suited to cutting PCBs and some small objects of not much depth, enough to get a start.  ...  "
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" ...  While it is relatively small and lighter duty (you won't be cutting big steel pieces with it) it's still remarkable that for $200 you can get an excellent little machine like this that's good to teach beginners the principles of CNC operation with or that's good for a smaller secondary CNC for light work for more experienced users.  ...  "
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" ...  For the price, I'm really impressed with the quality / resolution of the cuts so far.  ...  "
Apps
 10
easel, turn, support, program, needs
+60%
-40%
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" ...  After successfully running two test programs, they looked at several YouTube videos and some of the online support like the SainSmart wiki page to learn how to design their own projects.  ...  "
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" ...  For this purpose, I find that the free-to-use Easel software works quite well.  ...  "
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" ...  A word on software:  ...  "
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" ...  All the software needed is free and downloadable.  ...  "
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" ...  Facebook has a great support group for this machine.  ...  "
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" ...  The user must already know how to program using G Code or find a third party program to create work files.  ...  "
Overall performance
 10
spindle, get, first, cnc, also
+70%
-30%
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" ...  I have been looking at low-end machines for quite a while and decided on the 3018 PRO.  ...  "
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" ...  Perfect desktop CNC machine.  ...  "
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" ...  Watch your feeds and spindle speeds and you can get some beautiful work out of this.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s actually a pretty good deal and does a great job.  ...  "
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" ...  It is a solid hobbyist tool that is capable of producing excellent results.  ...  "
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" ...  It's my first CNC machine and it's great to learn CNC but also it's a powerful machine.  ...  "
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" ...  Since then the machine has been running flawlessly.  ...  "
Price
 9
value, money, thing, looking, deal
+100%
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" ...  cant say enough about the price.  ...  "
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" ...  It was in the size and price range I was willing to invest in my first machine.  ...  "
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" ...  We think it's a good value.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s a well built machine for the money spent.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it for pcb's in the electronics department, and for the price, this it's a good deal  ...  "
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" ...  Given the price and general/overall high ratings of the product it looked as it would fulfill that need.  ...  "
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" ...  Was great value.  ...  "
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" ...  For the amount of money that this machine cost it exceeded my expectations.  ...  "
Marketplace
 9
amazon, assembly, support, refund, excellent
+89%
-11%
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" ...  got it in like 5 days from mainland china.  ...  "
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" ...  Thank you SainSmart!  ...  "
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" ...  You can see in my photos here this works great for wood or aluminum.  ...  "
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" ...  Assembly is easy once you figure out the pictures.  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent support from the manufacturer.  ...  "
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" ...  I received the SainSmart CNC 3018 Pro through Amazon. ... It now works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  (Pictures to come of what I mean.  ...  "
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" ...  This is so far the most seriously buyer assembled product that I ever bought on amazon.  ...  "
Cleaning
 9
shavings, metal, wipe, oil, assembly
+67%
-33%
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" ...  These were easily cleaned.  ...  "
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" ...  I always keep the control board cool and clean so not sure what happen.  ...  "
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" ...  The only things I provided were Alcohol and Q-Tips to clean the metal shavings from the ends of the aluminum side pieces and X-Axis rails  ...  "
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" ...  One thing I feel they need to improve on is the cleaning up of any cut or threaded parts before sending out.  ...  "
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" ...  I took all the parts with grease on them and using brake cleaner, I cleaned each part well, including the cut bolt holes on each part to clean the small metal shavings. ... Once its all clean then you can start assembly.  ...  "
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" ...  Since there are no limit switches, it considers it's starting point "home", so it is easy to just move to a clean piece of wood to start another model.  ...  "
Drivers
 8
driver, stepper, software, axis, went
+38%
-63%
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" ...  I really wanted to like this budget CNC but mine keeps burning up stepper motor drivers on the z-axis.  ...  "
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" ...  Had operating for about a week and a stepper driver failed.  ...  "
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" ...  Besides a very brief notation of how to load the driver/software there is no documentation of how to use the machine.  ...  "
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" ...  Unfortunately one of the stepper motor drivers was defective.  ...  "
For Fun
 6
+100%
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" ...  I am having a lot of fun with this entry level cnc.  ...  "
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" ...  I've made a few different projects that have been fun to create.  ...  "
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" ...  it's a fun machine.  ...  "
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" ...  Ive had a lot of fun with this little thing.  ...  "
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" ...  even if you're a pro, having this as a small desktop CNC is fun to operate and experiment with.  ...  "
Delivery
 5
days, board
+80%
-20%
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" ...  Delivery was exceptional  ...  "
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" ...  And total time was just 7 days.  ...  "
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" ...  The product comes very well packed and ordered so first impressions are good.  ...  "
For Running
 4
first
+75%
-25%
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" ...  They had me up and running again quickly.  ...  "
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" ...  Within a few hours you are up and running and doing your first project.  ...  "
Print Quality
 4
3d, like
+75%
-25%
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" ...  So far all test prints have been pretty good, I'll probably make some feet to reduce vibration.  ...  "
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" ...  This is a great printer to get started with CNC.  ...  "
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" ...  Like with 3D printing, it is very gratifying to start with an idea and develop it into a physical object.  ...  "
Product As Described
 4
assembly
+100%
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" ...  You can see in my photos here this works great for wood or aluminum.  ...  "
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" ...  Assembly is easy once you figure out the pictures.  ...  "
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" ...  It now works as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  (Pictures to come of what I mean.  ...  "
Network
 4
cnc, 3018
+100%
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" ...  The Sainesmart cnc 3018-pro is a nice to have desktop cnc router.  ...  "
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" ...   Always wanted to get a CNC router and this one is great.  ...  "
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" ...  This is for the Genmitsu 3018-PRO router kit. ... This has some significant upgrades over the 3018 and some real advantages over other CNC routers in this price range. ... This is a light duty CNC router.  ...  "
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" ...  It is more rigid and that really matters in a CNC router.  ...  "
Accuracy
 3
+67%
-33%
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" ...  All is good, it is kind of slow but accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  I was skeptical but the online reviews were accurate.  ...  "
Video Playback
 3
watch, videos, time, take, assembly
+100%
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" ...  I had watched a couple YouTube videos on this unit, and decided to give it a try.  ...  "
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" ...  Their is a video on YouTube that shows the full assembly of this product.  ...  "
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" ...  just take your time and watch one of the assembly videos available on YouTube.  ...  "
Cables
 3
+33%
-67%
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" ...  Accessories such as the wire protective wrap and the material clips are not mentioned at all.  ...  "
Ports
 3
port, zero, us, get
+33%
-67%
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" ...  It wanted to input com port and baud rate, which are antiquated parameters which haven't been required since the 80s.  ...  "
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" ...  It was working well for my first few engravings, however it now randomly disconnects from the USB. ... The only way to reconnect is to unplug and replug the USB cable. ... This causes you to loose your zero on the work item and when it reconnects to the USB it uses it's current location as the zero point.  ...  "
Size
 3
material, box, axis
+100%
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" ...  Ensure you add a line to gcode before the spindle starts at the starting travel height (Z axis) or it will cut into your material during initial travel.  ...  "
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" ...  It's not big or powerful enough.  ...  "
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" ...  The travel along the x and y axes measured precisely to spec out of the box.  ...  "
Design
 3
+100%
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" ...  Looks amd feel of this tool is very sturdy and sleek.  ...  "
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" ...  But a quick design out using Easel, and it works.  ...  "
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" ...  So far I have only done wood but after making a couple beautiful creations professing my undying love for the wife its only a matter of time before I can get a 3d printer approved and yes it will be a Sain Smart.  ...  "
Comfort
 3
screws, material, loose
+67%
-33%
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" ...  And with the wild array of online info on the topic of CNC, I guess I needed some hands on experience to learn.  ...  "
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" ...  I am a hands on guy, but this was very simple to assemble.  ...  "

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