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V-Slot is the first, completely internal integrated linear motion framing system!

Have you ever wished that designing and building your projects could be more fun, less time consuming and inexpensive?  Well now with V-Slot it can!

What is V-Slot ?

V-Slot is an Open Source, high quality extruded aluminum profile building block that has an extremely smooth linear v groove rail on all 4 sides.  It's precise, easy to work with and allows you unlimited design control through it's modular nature.

V-Slot lets you ride in the rails!

Roll, roll, roll your wheel...
Roll, roll, roll your wheel...

V-Slot is compatible with readily available, off the shelf, T-Slot components!

See V-Slot in Action! 

One Size Fits All!
One Size Fits All!

How does it work?

Building with V-Slot is much like working with lumber.  You can cut it with a chop saw and the rest is as simple as turning a screwdriver to make the connections.

Unlimited connections!
Unlimited connections!

V-Slot's building characteristics are much like traditional T-Slot but V-Slot then goes on to add new levels of functionality through it's internal v grooves that allow for linear motion.  This brings your projects to life!    

V-Slot is a new concept in building.  Professionals, Hobbyists, and Kit Makers are sure to love it!

One size fits all universal plate!
One size fits all universal plate!

What can be made using V-Slot?

You will find that V-Slot is perfect for most projects.  Below is a list of a few ideas to get you started.  You are the creator.  Have fun with it!

  • 3D Printers
  • CNC Engravers
  • Hot Wire Machines
  • Laser Cutters
  • Camera Sliders
  • Plasma Cutters
  • Robotics
  • Furniture
  • And much more 
Just a few example pics.  Many more to come!
Just a few example pics. Many more to come!
OpenBuilds mini v machines go together quickly! (Check Update #2 for Stretch Goals)
OpenBuilds mini v machines go together quickly! (Check Update #2 for Stretch Goals)
OpenBuilds mini v actuator! These are the building blocks of the mini v system  (Check Update #2 for Stretch Goals)
OpenBuilds mini v actuator! These are the building blocks of the mini v system (Check Update #2 for Stretch Goals)
OpenBuilds mini v modular build examples :D   (Check Update #2 for Stretch Goals)
OpenBuilds mini v modular build examples :D (Check Update #2 for Stretch Goals)

V-Slot Details

OpenBuilds V-Slot is made with 6063 T-5 Aluminum Extrusion and has a Beautiful, Shiny, Super Smooth, Clear Anodized Finished that is protected by a plastic peel away film.  V-Slot's finish is much shinier than standard T-Slot extrusion which allows for a smoother ride for the OpenBuilds Dual V Wheels.

  • Tooling is complete.
  • Prototypes Approved.
  • Small limited introductory run of each size of V-Slot is available.

V-Slot is Open Source!

V-Slot is inspired by these other cool Open Source projects!  Thank you for all of your contributions and great work!  
Contraptor Project 
SeeMeCNC Designs 
MakerSlide Project
OpenRail Project 

V-Slot is Approved for Free Cultural Works and is Fair Share Distributed!
V-Slot is Approved for Free Cultural Works and is Fair Share Distributed!

Early Bird Backers - Immediate Shipping!!

Early Bird Rewards will Ship Right Away!!
Early Bird Rewards will Ship Right Away!!

To start, OpenBuilds V-Slot will be available in 4 of the most Popular Profile Sizes.

If we meet our goal and are able to keep manufacturing costs down, the regular retail prices are projected to be:

20 x 20mm  -  Retail Cost for 1500mm will be $15.
20 x 40mm  -  Retail Cost for 1500mm will be $19.
20 x 60mm  -  Retail Cost for 1500mm will be $23.
20 x 80mm  -  Retail Cost for 1500mm will be $30.

We think you will agree that these prices are awesome at only $.01 per mm and $.25 per inch!

1500mm lengths will be shipped worldwide, where available.  If your country limits the shipping size, you will automatically receive 1000mm and 500mm lengths for each 1500mm stick in your reward.

We offer freight services for large domestic and international shipments.

Small Stock Ready to Rock!
Small Stock Ready to Rock!

How will the money be used?

  • To order the full production run of all 4 sizes of V-Slot!
  • Approximately 10% will go toward KickStarter and Amazon Payment Processing Fees.
  • A portion will pay for shipping the KickStarter Rewards.


What will we do if we exceed our goal?

We will, of course, purchase enough V-Slot and shipping supplies to fulfill KickStarter Rewards, as promised.  

In addition to this, we will produce as many OpenBuilds V-Slot Parts and Accessories as possible!!  We have many designs on the table.  Most of them are completed and only waiting for funding.  

V-Slot Parts and Plans

The V-Slot system is awesome!  However, in order to make it a complete system, we are going to need gantry plates.  We have plans for a universal plate (that can been seen in the video) as well as a few other surprises that we can't wait to share!  So, any pledges received above and beyond our KickStarter goal will be used to bring these Parts to you.

The universal plate brings VSLOT to the next level!
The universal plate brings VSLOT to the next level!

We here at OpenBuilds share your passion for machine design and we have so many exciting ideas for the future.  We are continually striving to improve the tools available to the Open Hardware Community.  With your help, we will be able to make many of these freely available to everyone.

Coming Soon...Plans
Coming Soon...Plans

Thank you backers so much for your support!  

You Rock!  Thank you so much!!
You Rock! Thank you so much!!

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Every Rail is a Linear Guide!
Every Rail is a Linear Guide!

Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter

Risks and challenges should be minimal because most of the hard work has been done up front. There is a possibility that the manufacturer lead time could extend the usual 7-8 weeks. If there are any delays, we will be sure to keep you updated with details on when you would expect to receive your reward.

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    A BIG THANK YOU from the OpenBuilds Team, project updates through KickStarter, and access to OpenBuilds V Slot Aluminum Extrusion once full production is underway.

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    EARLY BIRD: Sampler Pack - You will be the first to receive (4) 300mm sticks of OpenBuilds V Slot - one of each available size. This will be taken from the small stock we have on hand and will ship directly following the successful KickStarter Campaign.

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    EARLY BIRD: You will be the first to receive (3) 1500mm long 20 x 20mm sticks of OpenBuilds V Slot. You will also receive 6 OpenBuilds Delrin Dual V Wheel Kits, 4 L Brackets, and 3 Eccentric Spacers. Your Reward will ship directly following the successful KickStarter Campaign.

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    JUNE/JULY: You will receive (3) 1500mm long 20 x 20mm sticks of OpenBuilds V Slot. You will also receive 6 OpenBuilds Delrin Dual V Wheel Kits, 4 L Brackets, and 3 Eccentric Spacers.

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    JUNE/JULY: You will receive (3) 1500mm long 20 x 40mm sticks of OpenBuilds V Slot. You will also receive 6 OpenBuilds Delrin Dual V Wheel Kits, 4 L Brackets, and 3 Eccentric Spacers.

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    EARLY BIRD: You will be the first to receive (2) 20 x 60mm and (1) 20 x 80mm, 1500mm long sticks of OpenBuilds V Slot. You will also receive 6 OpenBuilds Delrin Dual V Wheel Kits, 4 L Brackets, and 3 Eccentric Spacers. Your Reward will ship directly following the successful KickStarter Campaign.

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    EARLY BIRD: MEGA Sampler Pack!! You will be the first to receive (4) 1500mm sticks of OpenBuilds V Slot - One of each available size (20 x 20mm, 20 x 40mm, 20 x 60mm, 20 x 80mm). You will also receive 18 OpenBuilds Delrin Dual V Wheel Kits, 16 L Brackets, and 9 Eccentric Spacers. Your Reward will ship directly following the successful KickStarter Campaign.

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    JUNE/JULY: MEGA Sampler Pack!! You will receive (4) 1500mm sticks of OpenBuilds V Slot - One of each available size (20 x 20mm, 20 x 40mm, 20 x 60mm, 20 x 80mm). You will also receive 18 OpenBuilds Delrin Dual V Wheel Kits, 16 L Brackets, and 9 Eccentric Spacers.

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    EARLY BUSINESS BIRDS: MEGA Sampler Pack as listed above, V.I.P Access to the front of the line of the first production run of V-Slot and an Exclusive OpenBuilds PDF Catalog. Small businesses rejoice! Questions? Contact us.

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    JUNE/JULY BUSINESS BIRDS: MEGA Sampler Pack as listed above, V.I.P Access to the front of the line of the first production run of V-Slot and an Exclusive OpenBuilds PDF Catalog. Small businesses rejoice! Questions? Contact us.

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