Chicago Pumping Station One CNC Night

I’m in Chicago for a few more days, and I stopped by the Pumping Station: One hackerspace, where I met Bart Dring, inventor or MakerSlide.  There’s a picture on the forum at  Bart is the second from the left, and his Quantum Delta 3-D printer is on the table.  That hackerspace is really nice.  It makes me wish I stayed in Chicago seven years ago.  But then again, if I hadn’t moved back to the UK, there would not have been an eShapeOko.

My spellchecker does not like “hackerspace”.  It suggests “hyperspace” (interesting, but no), “backspace” (no) and “Rackspace” (hmm… no).  It also objects to Dring, MakerSlide, and eShapeOko.  Shut up, spellchecker.

More News for Batch Five

I have quality problems with the MXL belt.  I’ve ordered more from a reliable (but more expensive) supplier, and it should be here in a few days.  A few kits have shipped already (with good belt), and a few more are packed and waiting for couriers to pick them up.  Most still need the belt, so they will be delayed a few more days.  I’m sorry for this.

I still need to contact a few buyers to check whether they wanted larger kits, or NEMA23 upgrades.  If you’ve ordered extra belt or NEMA23 motors with your eShapeOko kit, expect an email soon.

News for Batch Five

Batch Five of eShapeOko kits is moving along, slowly.  We have all the parts, and we’re packaging them.  The first few Batch Five kits will leave tomorrow, and the rest early next week.

I changed the packaging method.  Instead of putting each type of part in its own little zip bag, I divided them, roughly, into one bag per assembly step.  That means fewer bags, less time for me to pack them, much easier to apply upgrades to the kits (NEMA23 motors on X, Y and even Z, longer rails, open end plates… all coming up soon in the store), and easier for you to find the parts when building the machine.  Where parts are very similar (for instance, the M5 Form A and Form B washers), I’ve put one of them in a separate bag.

The kits that ship this week are still packed in the old style, though.