Very impressed with the machine, so much thought and consideration of home/small business users and first time users is evident in the design and approach. I wanted to share something that I’ve learned over the last nine months with my existing 30x30 from another (also good) vendor. If Onefinity is headed in this direction I may just sell my current machine and upgrade.
HOW DO YOU GET STOCK HOME?
One item I wanted to share is that those same users often don’t have easy access to large vehicles to carry stock home to work with. As a result we are often dependent on the home center having a panel saw (ideally) or table saw to cut the sheet goods down for us so we can load them in our cars or SUVs.
For my current setup with a nice machine from another vendor, I’ve settled on the very convenient and cost effective (if you have to pay per cut) approach of generally getting the 4x8 sheet cut down with two equal cuts at 32" and 64". This leaves you with 3 x 32" x 48" pieces per standard sheet (or 49" with MDF).
The 32"x48" size is both manageable for most people to carry and move around on their own, but it also fits in most back seats even down to hatchbacks if the rear seats fold. This makes it an ideal size for hobbyists and it accomodates a wide range of projects.
MINIMIZING STEPS FOR THE END USER - WE WANT TO MAKE THINGS
If an XL version of the Onefinity was available and allowed that full cutting size it would mean a minimum number of steps and cuts for a user to acquire stock, transport it home, load it on the machine and maxmimize yield. If I’m picking up the vibes correctly from the creators of the machine, I think this would really fit well with the approach to making it easy and smooth to use a CNC at home.
LESS TIME CORNER FINDING AND NO LOST XY TRAVEL
With the built in homing you always know where your zero is, so if you build a fence that ensures consistent location of the workpiece under that zero point, you only need to set Z height to start working, XY won’t be necessary with the workpiece being full size and aligned correctly. This means you don’t need to lose any X or Y travel to run a cornering block and you can fully ultilize the whole table and virtually all of the stock you carried home. More time savings and efficiency.
32" x 48" also gives an envelope that encompasses a fairly broad range of cabinet building for bases and uppers, extending the appeal of the machine without requiring indexing or complexity on the part of the end user. You can kind of squeeze things in on the existing envelope but once you allow an outer edge for screwing work pieces down and you do any zeroing you can quickly fall below an ideal base size. The larger work area would make that much less likely.