Hello, I thought I would check in as a new user.
I just ordered a Journeyman, control box, and touch display from 1F. I also ordered a 1.5KW air cooled spindle and VFD based on info I gleaned from reading the forum. I am an experienced cnc router user having run a Shopbot PRS alpha 4’x8’ in my shop for the last 16 years. I recently retired after selling my business and of course my router went with it. I ran a large graphics and display company with 20,000 sf shop. We fabricated custom exhibits, displays, and signage in addition to vehicle graphics and custom graphics design. Our fabrication included Plastics, wood, aluminum, and sign foam. But now I have left that all behind.
I am in the process now of setting up my personal workshop and decided I couldn’t live without a cnc router and after much research settled on the 1F Journeyman as just the right size and capability for my little shop. I will primarily be making custom marine and boat accesories now as I am an avid offshore fisherman and diver. I have found that the marine community I am part of always has a need for things made from Starboard (HDPE), acrylic, and aluminum. I decided to start a part time business to keep me out of the wife’s hair and make some play money (my boat uses lots of gasoline). I am currently working on some scuba tank caddys with integrated speargun holders and fin storage. I also have several boat console projects, replacing instrument panels for new electronics. These will be Starboard and acrylic jobs.
I would like some suggestions on additional accessories you guys reccomend to get my rig up and running. I am expecting delivery probably early December. In the meantime I will be building the router table and setting up dust collection etc.
One pleasant surprise I had was when I started looking at software. I have been using ARTCAM Pro for 15 years and I know it is no longer on the market after having been acquired by Autodesk and then retired. I was pleasantly surprised to find that Carveco is essentially an upgraded version of ARTCAM so I had very little learning curve. Even most of the icons are the same. It even imported my tool databases from ARTCAM no problem.
I have a few questions:
- Will the 1F controller recognize a standard mouse plugged into it’s USB ports. I’m not sure I’m going to like the little touch screen.
- Do you have to buy the 1F game controller or will any corded or Bluetoth game controller work?
- Is adding the drag chain setup worth it? Just looking for opinions.
I am sure I will have tons more questions as I get into this.
I will share pictures of some of my previous and current cnc projects when I get the shop setup.