Hi All, I'm brand new to the CNC world and just recently got my AR8 Pro. I have been wrestling with the decision to make the plunge for over a year now, but just wanted to let you know I have been "lurking" the forum during this time and seeing the support by the members made the decision much easier. It's good to know the experienced users are willing to help out a newbie!
Welcome aboard.... Nothing is too dumb or trivial to post. We've all been there.
If you don't already have a favorite software, look into the Vectric Desktop. You can pay for the cheaper options, then you only pay the difference in price to upgrade to the fancier versions. That's a superb policy. I went from Vcarve Desktop, to Vcarve Pro, and recently to Aspire.
The Vcarve free trials work exactly like their full counterparts. You just can only cut the samples. The previews are very nice. If your preview looks good, then it'll cut good. If it doesn't, don't blame the software. Something else is wrong. Their tutorials are the best. It'll give you some training while you are waiting for your machine.
I ordered on Friday Nov 16th and since it was in stock I was able to pick it up on Tuesday the 20th. I'm within driving distance of the store and Austin (Axiom Rep) offered to go over operating the machine on the demo unit in the store. Since I'm new to CNC this was very helpful and I would highly recommend going to the store for anyone not familiar with CNC operation.
Not Austin Texas! Austin works at the Axiom Store in Ohio. That is what I would have liked to do. Go pick up my machine and get instructions on how to use it. It sure would have saved some tine getting one on one instructions.
Just now took the CC for a walk AR-6 Pro+, stand, a few accessories, and software. Cheaper to buy direct from Axiom vs. the local Woodcraft store. - no tax - saved a few bucks on shipping/handling charges.