|Item Weight||80.3 pounds|
|Package Dimensions||29 x 28 x 24 inches|
|Item model number||1013|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
|Warranty Description||2 (two) years on all parts, excluding electronics and motors, which are warranted for 1 year.|
Oliver Machinery 1013 IntelliCarve Automatic Carving Machine
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- I-Picture patented software included
- Very easy to use; only basic computer skills necessary
- Everything to get started is included
- Stepper motors and ball screws move the DC brushless motor and spindle along IGUS bearings and guides for superior accuracy
- Sturdy construction of aluminum and composite materials ensure long life
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The 1013 intelliCarve is a 13” x 18” capacity automatic carving machine capable of producing 2D and 3D topographical carvings. It’s super easy to use and lets you to get started right away making all kinds of beautifully artistic projects. There is no need to learn complicated CAD/CAM software programs and only basic computer skills are necessary. Use i-Picture to open your favorite digital picture and let it convert the picture to a Gee-code file. Copy the file to a USB flash drive, plug the flash drive into intelliCarve and away you go. In no time you have a beautiful lithophane reproduction of your original photograph. Or get started right away making 3D carvings from the included library of drawings. The intelliCarve capabilities are very impressive and can be seen in the intricacies of the carvings it will produce. The 1013 intellicarve comes complete with everything you need to get started, including carving bits and the patented i-Picture software. 2D pieces, and lithophanes are just a small sample of projects the IntelliCarve can produce. Stepper motors give an accuracy of 0.004” ensuring picture perfect results with little or no hand sanding. Its robust design and use of composite materials makes the 1013 virtually maintenance free. Simply blow off the dust and its ready to go. iPicture software is Windows only based, not Mac/Apple compatible. Machine is not recommended for use with metals.
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It took two weeks but my problem was resolved, they sent me a new motor and I installed it myself and the machine works good as new now.
I had to contact them quite often as the manual is very hard to understand and difficult. So far have not used it as I am still in the process of putting the machine together. Ran into another problem putting pictures into the control panel. Will have to call company again
Using the software is easy. once the image is loaded and a few simple data boxes are filled in it generates a file with the extension of .GEE. This is copied to a flash drive. The flash drive is then inserted into a USB port on the carver. The system is homed first by the software using prompts on the LCD Panel. Then a zero point is chosen by the user on the wood for X, Y and Z using the key pads. The position is then zeroed using the key pads. Finally the carver is told to "process" the file. Sit back and watch it work.
The manual states that the carver can accept G Code to carve other things. This is the downfall of the carver. I tried 5 different well known software packages widely used in the CNC world, none supported the Intellicarver directly. For the most part the carver did nothing. The iPicture software included was supposed to be able to translate a G Code file into a .GEE file. It did so but the carver failed to carve anything. It appears to append only a header to the file and change the extension to .GEE. I had moderate to low success using one of the software packages to carve a wing spar in pine. The problem was that the Y axis could not position the table accurately to allow several passes through the wood where the Z Axis was incremented to carve a little deeper each pass. I even tried to "Air" carve the file where I set the carver up so it thought it was carving wood but in fact was above the wood. Even then, the Y Axis became lost after the first pass. The X Axis made a horrible racket, louder than the spindle noise!
I packed it up and sent it back to Amazon. In retrospect it is possible that the Y axis was designed to accomplish what I wanted, but the control software in the carver was not able to process the commands. I might have been able to replace the "brains" of the carver with another computer/driver set up and then it might have worked as a free carving machine using standard G Code. I thought this option was probably not a good one at the time. It would have cost several hundred dollars more. I might have been able to petition Oliver to update the internal firmware as well. But but if they never did so, I would have been stuck with the machine.
If you want the capability of lithopanes and carving relief panels and that is all, then this is an option at a reasonable cost. If you want to carve objects then it is not. I gave it a two star rating because of the sturdiness of the machine, this would be a 4 or 5 star by itself. But the fact that I could not carve objects, like a mantle clock body, I can only give it a 2 star rating.
One further note, the box my carver came in had two additional packing memo pouches on the box not including the one for my purchase. There was saw dust inside the machine as well. I suspect that this machine was shipped at least twice before it was shipped to me. So I think it might have been defective, or, two owners before me found it lacking in capability as I did and sent it back.
It takes time for each carving and with experience you will reduce that time, but the results can be outstanding.