LongMill MK2 Configurator

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  1. Let me first clarify, my rating could be a 5, it’s only my 2nd entry level CNC machine and although I am very experienced with small scale wood working equipment I’m still naive when it comes to entry level CNC router machines IMO. But…
    solid materials, easily assembled. It’s apparent these guys had some engineering education and drive. Don’t have to be a jet mechanic to assemble, though I am one. It’s talked about even at Sienci Labs as a hobby machine but I have run it steady from day one for at least 2-3 hours per day often more on products I sell.

    I use gSender and create my gcode from Carbide Create with no problems. I tried an Xbox controller but it’s not as smooth as the screen controls on my laptop, don’t know how I could explain that better.

    So I’m honestly shy about what I could say about my the Longmill or gSender for that matter. My “other” CNC is a Shapeoko 3xl. As you might already know you mostly need to use Carbide Motion to run gcode files (from Create). I say mostly because I tried to use gSender to run files from Create and it was really wonky and I didn’t want to troubleshoot why. And still don’t want to know why.

    And so back to my initial review of the Longmill as requested from Sienci Labs. I purchased the Auto Zero gizmo and it is very accurate. I zeroed sooooo many times on my Shapeoko with the paper method and really thought I knew how to be accurate and not purchase a touch plate. I thought I knew better. Yesterday I used the AutoZero with a surfacing bit and it really bared down on the plate. Probably operator error. The rest of the day I used paper but only on that bit. On many zero’ing fuctions it hasn’t failed on any of my end mills. I’ve tried it on several V-bits nervous that it would bear down and hurt the bit but no, it was fine. Soon I’ll be getting back to more V-carves but I’ll make sure there are solid connections with plate and magnet.

    Sorry, I don’t perform 3d carving so I can’t comment on that. No doubt the Longmill would move along nicely with those cut files.

    I did purchase the dust pick up gizmo and installed the bracket, haven’t used the full attachment because I use my 3d printed dust boot I created for my Shapeko and it’s what I need right now for my projects. No doubt it will work when I get back to some sign engraving. It’s very well designed. And no, my 3d printed dust boot for 65mm routers is not available. It’s mine, all mine, my precious!

    If you are window shopping for an entry level machine and ready to “take the leap” then I can say with confidence this young/energetic Canadian shop will meet your needs. I would purchase this machine all over again should my small productions needs increase. Good luck, happy machining.

  2. Everything is good. My control box started on fire yesterday afternoon. I was going to come to your shop today. Roads are a skating rink right now. Might be tomorrow instead.

  3. Machine is great. Still learning, but made 2 simple projects and one more complex and happy with the performance. Some pre-assembly ( putting small parts together so they could still ship in one box) would be even better. Putting it together was a bear with too many steps.

  4. I have enjoyed playing with the Longmill, I am a CNC machinist on large Mills and Lathes and really just wanted something at home to display some methods to teach others some Gcode related things plus have another tool in the shop for useful things. I have been happy with it so far, I honestly can say I absolutely hate the fact that G Sender doesn’t have Gcode on the screen like UGS does so I think it’s dangerous not to be able to look at and edit as needed. But I am using the latest version of Gsender Edge trying to force myself to like it. The rigidity of this machine is pretty good, Maybe the Z lifter could use some beefing up but in this price market it’s everything and more that I would expect honestly. Happy with it.

  5. Being a new with CNC, CAD/CAM, Routers, Youtubing and such I have had a lot of things to learn. It is like the chicken and egg question as where to go first. As far as assembly I believe with the viewing the assembly videos and the instruction manual this was a very good experience. I have had a couple of reasons to interface with customer service and it was a very good experience. I have had the machine for only a little over a month but have been able to do a tuning project, surface the spoil board, create to signs, and put T Slots in the spoil board for holding. I think more priority should be put on tuning as this is where I have had most of my problems so far.