by Edward Ford
Thank you for the explanation. You are indeed correct on the completion rate, there is a lot of stuff that needs to happens before things start being built. I can't wait to start playing with my ShapeOko.
Miguel - No worries about the software. There will be a basic setup and documentation that will get everyone going with their kits. However, I'm sure people will want to start experimenting with other software options rather quickly and we want to be as helpful as we can with all of those choices.
As far as the % complete goes: The physical assembly of the machine probably only accounts for 1% of the project :-) There are lots of non-tangible tasks that had to be completed in order to get to the point where we are actually assembling something (like creating the 3D model, choosing the parts, finding the right vendor, ordering the parts, etc. I think (hope) you'll be surprised at how fast things are going to move once we get all of the parts in.
Thank you very much for the pictures. It is looking really professional but I must say that it does not look to be 60% complete - more like 30 to 40%. :)
Please do not forget the Mac and Linux people when selecting the software tools. I looked at the Phlat plugins and they do look interesting and Mac friendly.
I'll see what I can do. Tonight I'll be going to @pumpingstation1 in chicago for their monthly DIY CNC night. If time permits, I'll post something when I get back. otherwise It'll have to be tomorrow night.
On a related note: I finally got a chance to test the 4 axis open source cnc controller from buildlog.net along with EMC2. It's quite a bit more involved than using grbl, but has some significant pluses: like an interfact to watch progress of jobs being run. I'll post an update about that as well.
Would it be possible for you to post a picture of what the 60% built prototype looks like?
I have great plans for my ShapeOko with the rotary tool and everything else :) and it would be nice to see the progress. I feel that a picture of it (including the probable mess on the workbench) would be a very nice and easy update to the project.
@Enrique: Maybe :-)
I thought that your message was more of a statement, just a piece of information you were passing along, but didn't necessarily require a reply. I apologize for that.
Right now the prototype is 60% built, but we're waiting for pieces to arrive before we can move any further. It's been a lot of "hurry up and wait".
I can assure you this project is moving along and as soon as any noteworthy information comes up, I"ll be sure to post it.
Am I the only backer starting to get a little anxious about not getting new info on the project and messages not being answered?
I'm glad you're engaged in the project.
No need to freak out. Big, small, light, heavy, are all relative terms. The scale of ShapeOko is remaining the same. It's a desktop CNC machine, not too big, not too small. Sort of like a breadbox :-)
The original shapeoko had a footprint of about 12" x 12". The new ShapeOko will have a footprint no smaller than the original and no bigger than about 15"x15". With that said, the working area (cutting envelope) is somewhere around 10 inches on the X&Y axis, and 3-4inches on the Z axis.
It looks interesting and exciting. But the "a little smaller with each iteration" part worries me, since if it is too small, maybe I will not be able to use it for all the things I had thought of. Specifically, using it to cut holes in plastic boxes. Am I worrying too much?