Why choose Ooznest WorkBee?
The purpose of this Ooznest WorkBee review is to help anyone thinking of purchasing a CNC machine. It is intended mostly for newbies; however, experience users may find it useful.
Earlier this year I decided to purchase an Ooznest WorkBee 750×100 Full Kit CNC machine after comparing a few different machines currently available. Despite my lack of CNC knowledge, some factors involved in my decision included:
- Community Help
I didn’t want to invest in a cheap CNC machine only to upgrade, modify or purchase a new machine once I got comfortable with CNC; therefore, I wanted something for a newbie yet still be adequate for my shop needs. My budget was under $2000; for EVERYTHING to actual produce something in hand.
I had read about the importance of rigidity and how the lack thereof would produce undesirable results. To be honest, I didn’t know what that meant in “practical terms”. Nevertheless, I needed a machine that is durable enough to use in my shop to make furniture, fixtures, and parts mainly out of wood and possibly other materials such as aluminum and plastic. The Ooznest WorkBee uses C shaped extrusion beams to give it added strength as well as functionality.
I consciously didn’t buy a bargain China CNC machines, not because I personally have anything against Chinese products, but rather because I didn’t know of any reliable companies in China. In addition, I didn’t want to deal with shipping cost if I needed to return a lemon.
As far as support, perhaps I’m old school when it comes to customer service. I was looking for someone to answer my ignorant newbie questions, someone to point me in the right direction, someone to paint a picture of the possibilities of CNC. That didn’t really happen.
However I can say I liked Ooznest’s website. It was easy to browse through, the information clearly presented, and they also offered complete DIY kits with all the needed hardware and electronics to get you up and running. In addition, Ryan seems like a really nice guy. The impression I got was that he is a man of few words (in email) but he did reply to all my inquiries. It was mainly these reasons that I choose the 750×1000 WorkBee CNC full kit.
Before making my Ooznest WorkBee purchase, I had read some posts on OpenBuild’s forum. The discussions helped to better understand CNC, but it wasn’t until after my purchase that I realized the importance of this forum for newbies. (See number 6 below)
What I Have Learned During The Build:
1.) Read the manuals before you start your build. The manuals are well written and easy to follow which may tempt you to simply follow the diagrams. But don’t do it, read the manuals first.
2.) Tools needed: an 8mm wrench, a set of Allen wrenches, wire cutter, tape, and a right angle.
3.) Open the labeled packages as you need them.
4.) The lead screws should travel through the nut blocks with ease. You should be able to turn it easily with your hand. It should feel smooth. I had to replace the AB-Nut-Block for the Z-axis because the lead screw would not turn properly.
5.) The limit switches are attached to the end of the supplied red and black wires. I looked everywhere for them and thought Ooznest forgot to include them in my package.
6.) A must for newbies. Check out this wonderful post by T4Concepts about assembly of the Ooznest WorkBee: https://openbuilds.com/builds/workbee-cnc-build-my-honest-opinion-tips-and-help.6407/. I had a very similar experience with my own build. However, the biggest benefit I found in his post was what comes next after assembling your machine. Thanks Turk!