I think you’ve gotten the jist of the haze that sort of follows Bre now, but my issues mostly lie with the mechanics of the machine as it seems like they’re not planning to deliver a subscription model machine.
In no particular order:
Still using linear rods and bearings: while the Nomad and others follow in this trend, the Omio gives you the option of “proper” (albeit clone) rails. This has a number of rigidity and longevity advantages.
I’m also concerned about some of the decisions involving those rods, the X and Y axis rods are very close together, closer than the OG Nomad, but the Z axis rods are spread wider for seemingly no reason? The design of the machine could allow for a much wider, more rigid work area without increasing the overall volume.
Exposed motor airgap: this is hard to catch in a lot of the material that’s out there, but that’s just a standard, hobby grade brushless motor in there. Metal chips will undoubtedly work their way in (and ofc ferrous materials will make a run for the magnets). This alone was enough of a red flag for me after experiencing some wonderfully grinding motors on RC vehicles.
On top of that’s it’s an outrunner. I know it’s an enclosed machine, but that’s still not a great thing to have. Omio spindle is sealed and watercooled*, which presents a different challenge, but it’s not a “swarf actively killing the machine” problem.
Spindle power is a meh comparator as the MRR is more dependent on rigidity, but it should be noted that the Omio can take larger tools*, though that’s mainly an advantage if you need to resurface a wasteboard.
The Bantam does include/integrate an enclosure, which is easily its strongest selling point over the Omio. Second is the slightly more closed ecosystem for presumably easier CAMing, but Fusion is at the point where you can throw almost any machine’s post processor in it and be set, along with plenty of established resources.
*excluding the Omio X4
That’s all the main things I remember going back and forth about, but if I forgot anything significant I’ll add it.
Overall, not great not terrible compared to preceding hobby machines. It definitely seems like a group’s first try at a “real” CNC machine, and I’m sure we’ll see a revised model/mechanical upgrades come out if Bantam decides/is able to to continue development. If this came out in 2012-2016 or so there’d be really no contest in the hobby market.
On the other hand, if someone just shoved the Omio X6 into an enclosure and included a Fusion 360 setup guide in the box it would be a slam dunk. The last barrier being the import process, but looks like R.C. and Swyft are working on that for the larger X8.
As you’ve alluded to, I think the Nomad 3 is probably the best for your situation and many similar ones at this point (my current closet CNC setup included lol).