Intelligent engineering is all about choosing materials and
processes that give the best result for the least resources, while
making sure that performance is optimized for the money spent.
There's nothing wrong with plastic, properly used, while thin
sheet can work just as well as thicker material in applications
where thicker material isn't really necessary. And one hardly needs
to take off points for an attractive appearance.
I thought that you might bring your experience to the table on this
subject. I appreciate your professional presentation and I'd like to
address a few points you've made. . I began by saying that Roland was
built smartly, so I agree with you; it's intelligently engineered. A
multi-national company like as Roland can invest $100K or so in R &D
so that the end result is nicely designed machine made with
relatively inexpensive components costing a few thousand dollars to
manufacture overseas. It's optimized for cutting wax, which is
perfectly OK for most people.
As for an out-of-the-box success story, they seem to have made some
advances, since I first operated the machine. When I set up the
JWX-10 for my friend, I thought some parts were missing when I saw
small cutting table. I thought to myself, Man, for 10 thousand
dollars.... they could have at least included some double-sided
sticky tape, because there weren't any clamps to hold down a tablet
Now, it seems from looking at your website, they've put a clamp on
the rotary table, and they've also decided to bundle an optional
$2,250 third party jewelry milling fixtures and software with it.
I wonder if the majority of people who purchase the JWX-10 find the
stock wax holding devices and software to be optimized? Perhaps it's
good idea to get the optional 3rd party add-ons.
(I just got one and made my first part - it came out great.)
Andrew, Andrew, let's be real! I might buy one too, if I could
get it for the same price as you'd have to pay for it, considering
that you are a web-based re-seller of Roland products, but as a sales
rep for Model Master, I'd rather opt for the Micron, Model Master's
new compact desktop CNC mill.
can be judged by its materials, and a used one will probably work
just as well as an equivalent-looking used one. But when you buy a
complicated machine you're buying more than pieces of metal (and
plastic); it's a promise that it will perform a certain function.
That's a promise you have a hard time enforcing when you buy a
second-hand machine - you're doing well to recover money for a
machine that's dead on arrival, much less one that quits a year
later. You evidently were fortunate, but it's not certain that
everyone else who buys used machinery will share your good luck.
(One could buy many years of extended warranties before equalizing
the price differential between the Modelmaster and the JWX-10.)
I was not suggesting that anyone go out and buy a used machine. I
simply meant that the Model Master CNC 1000 is a reliable well-built
machine with proven longevity in the jewelry industry. There are
100's of other owners of the machine who can confirm my experience
with a vintage CNC 1000, so it's not even that I'm especially
fortunate, in that regard.
the Modelmaster is a fine machine, but it's not necessary to
disparage other alternatives in order to praise the one you've
chosen. As you say, a lot of people have been happy with it -
what's wrong with that?
I'm sorry you took my comment about consumer preferences for design
aesthetics as disparaging, I meant it more in reference to human
nature, more than anything else. Maybe my comparison between the
mills didn't come across as "diplomatically correct" as you are wont
to presenting, but since when is it a bad thing to point out
It's great that people are happy with it. Much respect to Roland's
approach to marketing and engineering. I wasn't being disingenuous, I
really do think it's clever of them to use low cost ink-jet printer
technology. Maybe it's the right machine for some people, who really,
am I to say? I'm just saying it's a good thing to use some
discernment and make an informed decision, that's all. Caveat lector.
I suppose the argument can be made that isn't fair to compare the
JWX-10 with a Model Master CNC 1000, because they are in different
classes of CNC machinery. However, a new mill by Model Master called
the Micron, can legitimately be compared with the JWX-10 because,
although it's in higher class of machinery in that it's not ONLY
optimized for cutting wax, and it's made of heavy duty materials with
industry standard gears, motors, components and electronics; it is
about the same size as the JWX-10 and it's in about the same price
point, after considering the additional fixtures, software and
training you might want to get for an optimal experience with the
Since these machines are relatively new on the market, nobody
really knows how long they'll last
The Micron is very innovative in that it has all the accuracy,
precision and durability of a high end milling machine, but at an
entry level price.. It comes with **one year parts & labor warranty.
Most people haven't been very concerned about extended warranties for
Model Master products.
Recognizing a need in the marketplace for a more compact,
well-built, long lasting milling machine at an affordable price,
Model Master has developed the Micron which is manufactured to the
same specifications as the larger MM mills. It can be used to cut
molds and dies, as well as regular jewelers wax and harder machinable
resins. ModelMaster mill frames are CNC milled out of thick
aircraft-grade aluminum stock on an industrial size milling machine
at the Model Master machine shop in Canton, GA.
The Micron comes with everything you need, including a new Dell
computer, ModelMaster CAM software, a rack mounted touch-screen
monitor and an integrated enclosure with push-button controls on the
front. It's compatible with all CAD file formats and an optional
touch-probe scanner for the Micron, will be available later this