for the online class I teach at UVM. I knew if I opened up the box that contained my Carvey, my grad students would NOT get the attention they deserved on their final feedback. SO I refrained from breaking the box open.
As it sat in my makerspace studio, Generator members walked by wondering when I was going to break into the huge INVENTABLES box sitting on the floor.
Finally yesterday, I couldn't wait any longer.
Here are just a couple notes from my first meeting with CARVEY.
and a short video of the unboxing.
I was up and running fairly quickly with only a couple of challenges.
1) Make sure you have someone else around! It's a two person unbox. It even comes with a special strap and instructions on how TWO people can use the special strap to remove the Carvey from the box. I managed to cut open the box, tilt it enough to drag Carvey out of the box by myself - but was not able to lift it onto a table by myself.
That worked great until it came time to put in the BIT. Thankfully my husband arrived with the computer I had left at home just in time to help me lift it onto a table so I could actually see what I was doing.
2) The EASEL software is not totally cloud based! It requires a driver download which did not go well on my Windows 7 laptop. But thankfully it was seamless on my MAC. Need to do more work on my Windows machine and also see if Chromebooks are even a possibility.
3) Now I'm thinking about how I will transport Carvey when I want to use it as part of EMMA - my mobile studio for Creating and Making that goes to schools and community events. Will need to design a way to transport safely.
But for now.. I'm eagerly looking forward to deciding on my first entry level project!
All ideas welcomed!
Here's a blog post describing my journey to selecting Carvey as my first CNC maker tool.