It’s definitely a confused message. I watched the video and in one sentence they say “Our mission is to empower Makers”, then in the next they say “The faster you can carve, the more money you can make”. I mean, I guess Maker culture was kind of a flash in the pan and is pretty much dead now, but it would be nice if they remembered who we are.
So I bought an original X-Carve, when they cleverly gave freebies to a bunch of YouTubers and made sure you couldn’t turn on your computer without watching someone unbox one. At the time, I had this notion that having a CNC milling machine would satisfy my desire to own a 3D printer or a laser cutter, thus saving me a lot of money.
I never really used that thing, but I did upgrade the controller. Then they announced the “new X-Carve” and I convinced myself I would use that one more than zero because I don’t remember why. But I got it, and I added a PID loop speed controller and a dust boot and z touch, and I also barely used it. I think I’ve done maybe 3 projects ever. Getting PCB milling working last year was awesome, but I haven’t done it a second time. It works… it’s just really not a match for my impulse-driven spur of the moment projects. Knowing I have to spend a lot of time zeroing and fixturing and cleaning up messes kills my enthusiasm. The Glowforge gets much more action, because I can mostly just drop a sheet of material in it and go. Same with the 3D printers. Oh… yeah, that whole idea that an X-Carve would stop me from getting those… didn’t work out.
Anyway, third time is not the charm here. I’m going to keep my 2nd-gen X-Carve around and keep using it once or twice a year, but I’m not tempted to “upgrade”. At least until I can afford a Tormach like somebody we know.