I’ve been doing some basic housekeeping in my shop. It was a mess. I spent the last three weekends sorting, organizing, and getting rid of tools I never use. I found some I bought 10-15 years ago still in their original packaging. Have you ever bought a tool or an accessory only to end up wondering why you ever bought it in the first place? What was I thinking?
Over the last year, there have been a few customers who bought the E3 not realizing what they were getting into and have regretted their decision. I feel their pain. So, I decided to blog out a gentle warning. Are you listening? Buying a CNC router is not a good idea for some people.
There’s more to owning an E3 than pulling a tool out of a box and plugging it in. Unlike most tools, the E3 does not come preassembled. It is a kit with a lot of parts and components. Did I mention that it has a lot of parts? If you don’t like things like jigsaw puzzles then take a deep breath and back away from the order button.
Beyond the challenge of assembling the kit, if you don’t have a background in CAD/CAM you’re going to face the learning curve of mastering some rather non-intuitive computer programs so you can run your E3. I’m not trying to discourage you. I want you to make your purchase with your eyes wide open.
If you’re thinking about buying an E3 take a few minutes and read through the assembly instructions, Quick Start Guide, Trouble Shooting Guide and Frequently Asked Questions first. Also Check out our friends on Youtube: Brian with WoodenCreationz’ produced a How-to-assemble-an-E3 assembly video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5OVNSRvYzyc and Steve3PO, The Tinker Bandit, has an entertaining take on the assembly process with a couple of great ideas thrown in https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcMU4z4p7UE&feature=share.
Assembly Instruction: https://cdn.shopify.com/s/files/1/1563/9873/files/E3.09.pdf?12260939347728685566
Trouble Shooting Guide:
Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.bobscnc.com/products/e3-cnc-engraving-kit (see the bottom of web page).
Once you've taken the time to consider the information you'll be ready to make your purchase and we'll be here to help.