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    Default Re: Newbie Looking To Purchase An OmioCNC X8-2200

    To be fair, I've not seen anyone post a hatespew at the orange box or even, really, complain about it. Could actually turn out well.



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    Default Re: Newbie Looking To Purchase An OmioCNC X8-2200

    Dharmic,

    I'm not sure I understand which machine you went with?

    Your work looks real good to me!

    I'm still torn/confused (or something) between the X-8 1500 and the X8 2200. I would go for the X8 2200 if I understood it a little better. I'm hoping that you can shed some light on that.

    My biggest concern with the X8 2200 is that I loose control over the machine. Plus, as a NEWBIE, I've done ALL of my research on the kind of controller that's on the X8 1500.



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    I primarily cut aluminum, and I run out of rigidity far before I run out of power even with only an 800w spindle, but I would get a larger spindle just to have the larger ER collet on it, er16 is pretty limiting for even simple things like getting an edge finder (there are far fewer options that come with 1/4" shanks).

    You can always change the controller out if you really want to. Mach is the safe overall bet, even for incidental reasons (finding a reliable mach post for your CAM of choice will be trivial). I wouldn't be scared of the orange box controller, but I don't regret getting the black box even as I'm gutting it and building it a different way.



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    Default Re: Newbie Looking To Purchase An OmioCNC X8-2200

    Thanks!

    I never thought of being able to switch out the boxes! Good idea!

    What type of aluminum do you cut? I will need to cut aluminum occasionally and I'm curious.



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    Default Re: Newbie Looking To Purchase An OmioCNC X8-2200

    The X8s and orange boxed weren't on the menu when I bought mine, it's an X6-2200L with the black box which I've modified since to replace the usb interface with a CNCDrive UC400ETH ethernet controller with a cheapo isolating breakout board, added another power supply and laser driver.



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    All 6061 so far. I need to move to 7075, but I haven't put any to chips yet.

    And you don't even need to change the whole box. Even the orange box is going to have a VFD and 3 stepper drivers with their power supply in it. You can keep all that and change just the motion controller out for like an ESS if you want to use it with mach. Or you can take a black box and hook it up to one of those chinese standalone motion controllers for a similar setup as the orange box. It's just parts.



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    As a new owner of an x6-2200 with orange box I can say that so far I'm extremely happy with it, build quality and accuracy of cuts. Delivery was very quick and hassle free

    I love the orange box once I found the right post for fusion.

    I've only just done my first cuts on aluminium and it seems to chew through it easily one thing I did add a cheap Chinese mister to it when I first received it and helps considerably.

    So far majority of my work ( all hobby related) is isolation milling of pcb. Out of the box the orange box model works with coppercam so was extremely happy that no headaches there. Accuracy is great as I do all my work in 0603 Smd and it has no problems with this, with 15 and 30 deg vbits I'm finding it can do all I want.

    Finding a post for fusion was another matter but now have a working one but currently doesn't support the 4th axis. No biggy ATM but mine is 4 axis machine so would like to use at some time.

    I'm glad I went with the orange box as I didn't want to have a pic tied up, Very way to use and I simple copy m Gcode to USB plug in and away I go.

    So in the short time I've owned this bit of kit I'm extremely happy with my purchase.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Tomcat104 View Post
    I thought about laser at first but I need to cut 4mm aluminum and the router seems a lot better for my need.

    Let me ask you a quick question; (NEWBIE question) I like a lot of things I see better on the X8-2200, but I don't understand. Is it just as reliable as the "old" way of having a computer tethered to it running Mach3? Any reason that it would not accept a USB 3.0 thumb drive?

    I understand that you may not speak from first-hand experience but you have done more research than me, for sure since I have done none!

    If you need something routed in the meantime (until you add one), let me know and maybe I can help. I plan to order mine this weekend, whichever one I choose.
    Hey Buddy.

    Ah, yeah in that case the router is the better option as to cut metal on a laser you need to spend big money. I must admit that is the only downside with a laser and that is thin metal or carbon fibre cutting, as it just can't be done.

    Hmm, I think this orange box question has been answered well. For me I liked the idea of it as it was a small, self contained controller that would (hopefully) just work. You transfer the Gcode from your PC to orange box via USB and away it went, but as stated with not much of a following yet, if you got into problems there is minimal back to help you. Where as the Mach3 option has a lot of user already that have no doubt had the exact same problems to advise you how to get out of them.

    Thank you I'll keep that in mind. So far I'm ok with the 12mm PLY for my maximum usage, but in time may go for a small router as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madeinoz67 View Post
    As a new owner of an x6-2200 with orange box I can say that so far I'm extremely happy with it, build quality and accuracy of cuts. Delivery was very quick and hassle free

    I love the orange box once I found the right post for fusion.

    I've only just done my first cuts on aluminium and it seems to chew through it easily one thing I did add a cheap Chinese mister to it when I first received it and helps considerably.

    So far majority of my work ( all hobby related) is isolation milling of pcb. Out of the box the orange box model works with coppercam so was extremely happy that no headaches there. Accuracy is great as I do all my work in 0603 Smd and it has no problems with this, with 15 and 30 deg vbits I'm finding it can do all I want.

    Finding a post for fusion was another matter but now have a working one but currently doesn't support the 4th axis. No biggy ATM but mine is 4 axis machine so would like to use at some time.

    I'm glad I went with the orange box as I didn't want to have a pic tied up, Very way to use and I simple copy m Gcode to USB plug in and away I go.

    So in the short time I've owned this bit of kit I'm extremely happy with my purchase.


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    Hi! I'm also a new owner of an x8-2200, and I was very happy with the orange box working with rhinocam and using a mach3 post processor, but when I switched to Fusion 360 I couldn't find any working post processor for this machine. Currently I'm using boxzy post processor, but I had to manulally add the lines to turn on and off the spindle to the Gcode (I'm a newbie regarding gcodes and post processors). What post processor are you using with your machine in Fusion 360?

    Beforehand thanks!



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    Quote Originally Posted by guarenkiltro View Post
    Hi! I'm also a new owner of an x8-2200, and I was very happy with the orange box working with rhinocam and using a mach3 post processor, but when I switched to Fusion 360 I couldn't find any working post processor for this machine. Currently I'm using boxzy post processor, but I had to manulally add the lines to turn on and off the spindle to the Gcode (I'm a newbie regarding gcodes and post processors). What post processor are you using with your machine in Fusion 360?

    Beforehand thanks!
    I found the post here near the bottom of the page, but unfortunately it's only 3 axis, he does have a video showing him engraving using the 4th axis but he swaps out the x/y axis rather than using a-axis.

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    Quote Originally Posted by madeinoz67 View Post
    I found the post here near the bottom of the page, but unfortunately it's only 3 axis, he does have a video showing him engraving using the 4th axis but he swaps out the x/y axis rather than using a-axis.
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    I'll give it a try when I get back to my shop!

    Thanks! I've been looking for a working post processor for days and still haven't found a decent one yet.



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