About this project
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!
V-Slot is compatible with readily available, off the shelf, T-Slot components!
See V-Slot in Action!
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.
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!
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
- And much more
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!
Early Bird Backers - Immediate Shipping!!
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.
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.
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.
Thank you backers so much for your support!
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Risks and challenges
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.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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