Hi! Welcome to 3D Tech Works!
Due to a lack of business, and a betrayal by our main supplier, 3D Tech Works is closing its doors.
This past year has been a bad one for sales. Inexplicably, mid 2021 sales began to drop. By January 2022, sales have dropped to zero and stayed there to date. I have no idea what caused this, it could be the proliferation of cheap junk machines from China, it could be that Covid, high shipping costs, and inflation have just decreased everyone’s disposable income. Whatever the case, there is no point in flogging a dead horse.
I wish to thank all the people who trusted me to supply them with quality equipment and support, all the hobbyists and small business owners who bought equipment from me to further their interests. It’s been a good run.
I feel I can at least lay the final blame on the people at Openbuilds. Recently, they decided that they would no longer support small dealers. They raised their dealer minimums to the point where a small “just in time” business like my own can no longer get any dealer discounts. I was an official dealer for them for over 7 years, and, while admittedly not topping their dealer sales list, I still spent an awful lot of money with them. That they feel that screwing me and all the other small dealers over was the right thing to do, I guess just shows that greed triumphs over good intentions every time. My recommendation would be to boycott Openbuilds and their predatory business practices. Please don’t support companies like this who kill small businesses for their own gain.
I will be leaving the website up for now, I still do a bit of industrial service work and consulting. The Products page will be removed, but all of the Blog information, Links page, and the rest will remain for now. We will be available to provide advice, referrals, and answer CNC related questions.
I had a few CNC machines that were operating poorly. I was very concerned about having anyone work on them in case they quit as a result of the repairs. Darrell took care of my concerns and did a beautiful job repairing the machines. Darrell spent a great deal of time listening and thinking about what my needs were before he made his plans. He was extremely thorough in his examinations, both of the machines, and what our company intended to do with them. The repairs were done in a way that could be undone if the repairs went bad. This is unheard of, and what all repair technicians should do! He made back-up plans that would keep me in business if the upgrades didn't work out. In the end his repairs worked out perfectly. My CNC machines are running far better than they did when they were new. He fixed design flaws that were built into the machines. (The CNC companies should hire him to fix the machine flaws before they sell them to us.) Darrell understands that your machines are essential to your business, and goes out of his way to make sure that you will not regret consulting him.
Our purchase of the large OX CNC from 3D Tech Works has been a great experience. The build quality is outstanding! And the customer service awesome! The machine is worth every penny.
After having numerous problems with our Intellicarve 1015 we contacted 3D Tech Works to see if they could replace all the electronics in our CNC machine. Darrell researched what was needed and got back to us quickly with several very good options. Once we decided on which option was the best for our application, Darrell scheduled the machine into his shop to make the repairs. Darrell was very accommodating and sensitive to our production requirements; scheduling us in on a weekend when it was the least disruptive to our work flow. Our CNC is now faster, more reliable, and we have more control over our routing jobs. We would most definitely recommend Darrell at 3D Tech Works for any technical advice and repairs/upgrades to your existing machine.
Would definitely recommend buying a CNC router though 3D Tech Works. Darrell was very helpful from day one and didn't try and sell me anything I didn't need. He was also flexible enough to build and setup the machine in my garage as I had chosen the 4x8' option and this made the process a lot simpler for me. Another reason that I would recommend 3D Tech Works is Darrell will really help you understand how the machine works and this build process has given me much better knowledge of CNC than I would have got by just buying one. If you are thinking of importing a router from the US or China speak to 3D Tech Works first, as you will be surprised what you can get for your money in Calgary, with the advantage of local help if this is your first machine.
This summer I decided I would attempt a CNC build. After doing a bunch of research and looking for sources for components I stumbled across Darrell and 3dTechWorks. I did not realize at the time that I had found much more than simply a potential supplier. Darrell's knowledge of CNC systems is incredible both from a technical and practical standpoint. He truly is a world class expert when it comes to anything CNC. While a CNC build looks reasonably simple from watching a YouTube video of someone else doing it, the actual steps and precision involved are much more difficult and demanding, especially when you are doing everything for the first time. Darrell's practical advice and knowledge were invaluable during my build process. After having successfully completed my build I'd also pass along the advice that unless you truly enjoy building and manufacturing a precise and complicated system like a CNC from scratch, that your best investment of your time and sanity would be to buy an expertly premade CNC system from Darrell and 3dTechWorks.
I was so happy when looking for a machine that I found 3D Tech Works online. I got a Workbee 1000x1000 fully loaded and had Darrell assemble it for me to save some time. He did an amazing job and had it all calibrated ready to roll. He went over the whole machine when I picked it up including maintenance. He has been most helpful beyond the machine with ideas and settings and pointing me in the right direction. I owned a smaller machine and with this machine and his help I have optimized my process for my carvings. Thanks Darrell (3D Tech Works) for everything.
-Ben Parry (Fishing Lake, SK)
-Ben Parry (Fishing Lake, SK)