LR3, how many hours to build LR3?

Short: How many project focused hours to build your LR3?

“How many hours will this take to build?” Me, probably you and probably most people we talk to about LR3.

Why am I asking?
Understanding how many project focused hours it took to get those chips flying, people’s experience, and improvement ideas could:

  1. Help future builders know what they’re getting into.
  2. Help builders decide whether LR3 is good fit for their fun/profit priorities.
  3. Help identify improvements worth pursuing.

This topic focuses on how long people took to build their LR3. Hopefully getting feedback on steps that felt like more of a struggle than they should (guess we could also infer this by reading/ML-analyzing frequent forum questions, but am explicitly asking here anyway…).

For me LR3 was/is a fun project, one that’s way more affordable than commercial alternatives. Self funding hobby would be a bonus. I intentionally spent the many hours it took to 3D print parts, and mill MDF/Aluminum plates, because I wanted to learn those skills, not to optimize my time. Others may have different requirements/priorities for their hobby/business. Discussions comparing LR3 with other DIY/Commercial alternatives would be good to have in other topics.

Here’s some poll questions to help folks anonymously provide fast feedback. Ideally a better poll mechanism would be used to help correlate build time with makers’ experience/related-skills. Maybe this is good enough, or at least a conversation starter that results in action… I’m hoping folks will chime in and post their experience, questions, suggestions too…

Hours spent researching CNCs before deciding to build a LR3? Guessing many of us spent many hours researching pros/cons, and alternative DIY/Commerical options.
  • 0 - 1
  • 2 - 4
  • 5 - 9
  • 10 - 19
  • 20 - 29
  • 30 - 39
  • 40+

0 voters

Hours spent finalizing design for your build? Decide on dimensions, EMT, wiring, table size, controller board, controller software, etc…?
  • 0 - 1
  • 2 - 4
  • 5 - 9
  • 10 - 19
  • 20 - 29
  • 30 - 39
  • 40+

0 voters

Hours to search, source and buy hardware? Filament, EMT, plate materials, electrical, kit or individual hardware components?
  • 0 - 1
  • 2 - 4
  • 5 - 9
  • 10 - 19
  • 20 - 29
  • 30 - 39
  • 40+

0 voters

Hours to Assemble your LR3? Just assembly of a mostly stock build. Do NOT include time to 3D print or mill parts. Exclude time for uncommon enhancements.
  • 0 - 1
  • 2 - 4
  • 5 - 9
  • 10 - 19
  • 20 - 29
  • 30 - 39
  • 40 - 49
  • 50+

0 voters

Hours to calibrate, troubleshoot, install and learn CAM software enough to be able to make your first cut?
  • 0 - 1
  • 2 - 4
  • 5 - 9
  • 10 - 19
  • 20 - 29
  • 30 - 39
  • 40 - 49
  • 50+

0 voters

Got ideas/suggestions for reducing Time To Chips Flying?

Got ideas/suggestions for increasing joy of your build experience?

Got Build Time related questions/suggestions that would help the community?

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