All-in-one CNC Controller (Azteeg G1)

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A quick history: A little over 2 years ago, I posted this to the sprakfun forum. In summary it is a schematic for an ‘all-in-one’ cnc controller that I wanted to call grblDuino. The core of the design was based off the arduino chip (atmega 168 at the time) and 3 easy drivers (atmel A3977)…. Read more »

A sense of community

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I run the risk of sounding a little gushy and dramatic here. but I’ll take my chances: People who are down with the Shapeoko feel a little bit like David vs Goliath. Prior to Shapeoko there was a barrier to get into desktop CNC. Mostly the barrier was price. After price, it was complexity and… Read more »

Makerfaire and images from the gallery

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It’s been an interesting couple of months, I managed to make it to Makerfaire in the Bay area a few weeks back, which was amazing to say the least. I had the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of really cool people, including Brook (of printrbot fame), Nate from Sparkfun, the Full spectrum laser guys,… Read more »

The end is just the beginning

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I’m done! As of last night, every order I’d ever taken relating to the Shapeoko has been packed, labeled, and shipped. What a relief. You may be asking yourself what the hell I’m talking about. How could I still be shipping Shapeoko kits? We inked the deal with inventables on April 1st… Well, let’s just… Read more »

Questions from the audience

Posted by & filed under design, Milling, Shapeoko.

Earlier today I received an email from Jesse asking a couple of insightful questions relating to project ShapeOko. Instead of keeping the answers between the two of us, I asked him if it was alright to post his questions along with my answers, for everyone’s reference. He agreed. Here is what Jesse wrote: Hi, Sorry… Read more »

Where does the time go?

Posted by & filed under design, Kickstarter, Shapeoko.

I realized a few days ago that at times during the project I may have come across as ungrateful, or even unhappy. Before we go any further I just want to say that I’m neither! This project has been the most amazing experience I’ve ever had in my hobby life. I’ve said it before, but… Read more »

Update: Kit Availability

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Availability: Another batch of kits will be released for purchase on March 1, 2012. Head over to the website and pick up a kit of your own! Our delivery goal for this batch of orders is to have all orders shipped within 2 weeks of their order date. Pricing: Pricing for the standard kit will be $175 + shipping for… Read more »

Scaling the design – a working example

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It’s been incredible (and predictable) how many people want a bigger ShapeOko. Last month, I was contacted by company looking for a solution for “testing” their product. They wanted something to run repetitive testing using a stylus. After finding the project through kickstarter, they gave me a call and we had a conversation about specifics…. Read more »