I see a lot of comparisons between the KNK and CR, but not so much with the CR Pro which I think is more in the same class.
I am seriously considering the KNK Maxx either the 15 or 24 mainly because of cutting force. Actually, I am on the fence between the KNK Maxx and the Craft Robo Pro. The only thing stopping me from getting the CRP is the 300g of force as compared to almost 1K of force on the KNK machines. But, the main thing that is stopping me from jumping for the KNK is the fact that I do plan on doing quite a few print and cuts (having it done automatically rather than manual is really appealing), plan on doing scoring, and the fact that I am a heavy heavy Illustrator person.
The main reason for wanting a lot of downforce is because I would need it to score ~100lbs cover card stock paper. So, does the KNK have a scoring tip? I know the CRP does, but 300g isn't nearly enough force.
Also, the fact that I am a Illustrator guy makes the decision even harder for me. But, I do hear that you can open AI files in the KNK software. Does this mean layers too? Also, does the KNK software "open" or "import" and AI file? In other words, can I open the AI file in KNK, see something wrong, save the project as a KNK project, close the file, open the file in AI, fix whatever needs to be fixed, close out of AI, and reopen the KNK project and have it reflect the change? Wow, that was a lot of commas.
Cutting. I downloaded the CRP software to take a look at it. What I find really appealing is that I can have the machine cut different layers (or colors) at different pressures and blades depths so I can cut one layer through and "scratch" one layer for valley or mountain folds. Can the KNK software do this?
One pro for the KNK is the 24" machine which I will probably get if I choose to go KNK. The reason is that I can make a 24" x 24" mat and cut out 4 12" x 12" sheets at one time. This is very appealing for when I have to cut one layer with a blade, change tips, and score another layer.
I know I am asking a lot so any help would be appreciated. Oh, I do plan on doing production cutting A LOT for retail.