Suckit was created in response to the lack of "ready to use" options that can effectively control the mess that using your Shapeoko produces.
Desktop CNC's are awesome and provide a quick and affordable way to produce product samples, prototypes and even production parts. However, there's one problem... They are messy! Very messy!
This mess is not only a nuisance and time consuming to clean up, it can negatively affect the quality of your parts and shorten the life of your CNC.
While new to desktop CNCing, I spent a lot of time researching ways to minimize or eliminate this problem and was shocked to find no acceptable ready to purchase product was available.
So, being a product designer, I got to work; designing, prototyping and refining my vision of what a dust boot should be. The result... Suckit! A dust boot like no other. It's very effective!
What people are saying about the original Suckit Dust Boot...
To see more testimonials and reviews go to suckitdustboot.com
Suckit works independent of the Z axis. This allows the bristles to consistently surround the area being cut, better containing debris and dust and provides a better seal so the vacuum is much more effective. Unlike spindle mounted dust shoes, Suckit does not produce uneven milling due to bristle back-pressure and does not add weight or stress to the Z axis.
Suckit does not reduce the Z axis travel, stays flat on the work piece at all times and is quick and easy to remove for bit changing.
Suckit is quick and easy to attach. Simply remove the Z Axis Spring standoff, attach the Support Arm Mount and secure to the x-plate. Insert the Height Adjusting Lock into the Mount and Attach the Support Arm. Repeat steps for the other side. Then snap on the shoe.
Suckit easily adjusts to work with different spindles. Simply loosen the side screws, adjust the stop location and re-tighten.
I know there are a lot of "make it yourself" Dust Boots out there. Unfortunately, all suffer from the same problems. They either mount to the spindle, putting added weight and stress on your Z axis and limit your Z axis travel or, what I found to be the biggest draw back, they need to be produced. This means finding a design, sourcing and purchasing the materials then, milling the parts and assembling. This is time-consuming and while learning how to operate your machine, can be frustrating and costly.
The goal of my Kickstarter campaign is to raise money so I can purchase tooling and inventory that allows Suckit to sell for similar, or less, than what it would cost an individual to produce themselves. I also want to provide a great option for those that just want to get rocking and rolling making their own projects and have no interest in taking the time or effort that is required to create a Dust Boot.
Suckit really does work well! It will take your Shapeoko to the next level and make using it a cleaner, safer and more enjoyable experience. Please support my campaign and help me get Suckit on all Shapeoko's.
A special thanks to Winston Moy for his suggestions, recommendations and testing of the Suckit SO3 Version. Check out his awesome videos at: https://www.youtube.com/user/krayvis
Risks and challenges
As a former Director of Product Development for a publicly traded company and nearly 20 years of experience bringing new products to market, I know what it takes to deliver a great product on time. Many months have been spent on designing, developing, testing, and refining the design. The manufacturer has already been selected and the samples you see in the photos and videos work great, so there will be no need to waste time tweaking the design.
However, every project carries with it certain risks. The most common risks are potential delays in tooling, obtaining raw materials, packaging, and shipping. While I feel like I have reduced these variables as much as possible, they can never be completely eliminated.
I feel my experience and familiarity with manufacturing and the product development process, gives me a unique skill set in handling unexpected problems. Most importantly, I will make sure to give frequent updates about progress so you'll always be informed about the status of the project.
This is my second Suckit Dust Boot Kickstarter campaign. The first campaign provided "on time delivery" and satisfied customers!Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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