I have an ORDbot quantum (the little guy).
The prototype I saw at ORDcamp was made with acrylic, but the production unit (like the one I have) is made from anodized aluminum. The aluminum is 'dipped' in a cool blue color and the whole setup looks awesome! I think the handle is a nice touch. When you see one in person all you want to do is pick it up.
The build was unbelievably easy. From the time I got the box unpacked until the machine was fully assembled (mechanical only) was roughly an hour. I was moving casually and enjoying a delicious ale in the process. Given the fact that most of you have assembled, or will assemble a shapeoko, you'd feed pretty comfortable with the ORDbot parts.
With all that said (maybe this should be a new thread) the majority of parts could be cut on the Shapeoko. A couple of thoughts about that idea:
- Material could be acrylic (for cost purposes and ease of sourcing).
- You'd still need to pickup the standard makerslide components (v-wheels, smooth idlers, extrusions)
- The part that holds the extruder has a 90D bend.
- Source 'purchased' components: rigid couplers, z-axis lead nuts, mxl belting, mxl pulleys, threaded rod, hardware, nema14 stepper motors, probably more that I've forgotten about
I'd be interested to see what the cost of the 'self source' approach would be compared to the cost of the $399 kit.
Shapeoko #0 - a couple of upgrades.