You are right, the comparison is not fair. The $300 price was never obtained (ended up around $332.58 or $365.90 according to --> https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ed ... sts/148086) and even the full kit from the kickstarter was $500. When I built my CNC I believe my cost was more like $600-$650** USD even with "mate rates" and trading time to save money. It is important that a company makes money or it will no longer exist! (Edward's got a family to feed after all! ) For a business it makes great sense to make the best "bank for your buck" machine rather than a "race to the bottom" cheapest machine you can make with no profit margin.cvoinescu wrote:A valid point, but I have to say that the comparison is not entirely fair. The $300 in the Kickstarter was cost in materials for a hobbyist buying parts at retail, using parts they already have at hand, maybe pulling some favors to get plates laser-cut at "mates rates", and generally not afraid of spending time to save money. It's true that doing large batches saves money, because unit prices go down; but it's also true that doing it as a business adds a lot of costs. A business need to keep doing R&D so it doesn't become irrelevant, and earn some profit for the owners -- and, even more importantly, a business can't trade time for money the same as a hobbyist, because its employees' time is not free.northbear wrote:While I believe the SO3 is a *much* more capable system than the original Kickstarter, it is also $1000 (ok $999) machine rather than the $300 goal it started out as.
So the retail prices of the SO1, SO2 and SO3, on one hand, and the stated $300 project goal, on the other hand, are not the same kind of cost and can't be compared directly -- at least not fairly.
I guess maybe I am just lamenting the fact that the $300 goal was never able to be obtained and is no longer a goal. Like WillAdams I think it would be interesting so see how good of a CNC could could be built for a $300 (or some other arbitrary "cheap" price). It may sound like I am trying to volunteer for the project, but don't hold your breath as I don't see it fitting into my time schedule any time soon!
**edit** Doing a bit of searching, cheap cnc has already been tried by many people already most with limited success or are very one of a kind.
**Price is just an estimate off the top of my head. My CNC does have a larger work area than the Shapeoko which could be some of the higher cost -- Yes I had a bit of mission creep when building my machine also