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Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Fri Jan 02, 2015 10:42 pm
by Cowzrul
Hi, I just stumbled upon this page while doing some CNC router research. I can't figure out how to send a private message for some reason, but I'm interested in being a beta tester for the HDX if that's still available/possible. Wasn't entirely clear to me from the thread if that's still available. If so, can you send me some more details? Thanks!

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Mon Jan 05, 2015 10:24 pm
by LouisV
Hey everyone,

Another quick update here. I've been working quite a bit lately running around like a chicken with his head cut off, but everything is going smoothly. :) I'm currently working on the MDF work bed layout for both the HD and HDX machines. I should have some renders to show off tomorrow going into more detail. Also, the HDX plates are now painted in matte black and are looking great. They have a nice textured look and feel which I personally think is awesome. ;)

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Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Thu Jan 08, 2015 11:41 pm
by LouisV
Quick update. I have finished designing a MDF work bed kit that will be able to be purchased separately from a mechanical kit as well as be included in a full kit.

I only managed to do the renders for the HDX (they take a while to make), so I'll do the HD tomorrow.

The MDF work bed kit for the HDX will consist of two 960mm 2040 extrusions as the side supports and one 1460mm 4040 extrusion as the mid support with dual slot 90 degree brackets to secure them together. The MDF work bed will consist of six 496 x 500 x 19.1mm (3/4" thick) panels that will feature pre-drilled counterbore holes. This will make shipping easier and cheaper.

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Rhino's lighting system is a mixed bag, sometimes it does great, other times it... well... look at that MDF work bed, you can't even see the seams between panels. :lol:

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Fri Jan 09, 2015 1:22 am
by DanMc
I always put a slight chamfer in Rhino when I want to see the edges :D

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 2:57 am
by ProjectX
Any ideas of price and when available yet for the complete kit yet?
Bill

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Sat Jan 10, 2015 6:20 am
by LouisV
ProjectX wrote:Any ideas of price and when available yet for the complete kit yet?
Bill
Hello,

A beta mechanical kit for a 1500 x 1000mm HDX will go for $1,699 + shipping. If you want a no fuss plug and play electronics kit that gives you commercial like performance that can be added for an additional $1,375 + shipping.

Once the HDX goes for sale to the rest of the public the price of a mechanical kit will bump up slightly ($100 to $200).

The HD mechanical kit on the other hand will most likely retail for $899 and $1,299 for a full kit, though I'd suspect they may be slightly cheaper when I run the Kickstarter campaign either next month or early March.

If you're interested in getting the HDX now please let me know as I won't be accepting beta orders after the 16th of this month. Otherwise you'll have to wait until I run the Kickstarter campaign.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask.

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Sun Jan 11, 2015 6:17 am
by ProjectX
Would be looking for a HD model.
Please PM me with the details of a complete machine.
I am new to CNC I have a 3 foot by 2 foot FS Laser.
I require work completing some projects that I have in mind and a CNC will be what I require.
I can wait for it, but what do you think the freight to Australia will be.
Thank you for the great info.
Bill

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Wed Jan 14, 2015 9:07 pm
by LouisV
Hey everyone,

It's been a while, I'm sorry for not making any recent updates. It's been really busy over here to say the least, there's a lot that goes into this endeavor.

I'm pretty happy that the extrusions for the new HDX gantry came in today as well as all of the extrusions needed to construct the smaller HD machine. I'll be taking the HDX apart tomorrow and hopefully I'll have it back together by Friday. I'll start assembly on the HD either this weekend or Monday.

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I'm also working on a new website dedicated to these new machines. I'm trying to keep it simple yet have a modern and clean feel. More about the website later.

I should also mention that a fellow Shapeoko forum member (which I won't name yet) has taken my CNC models and has worked his magic in getting them to look more photo realistic. I have to say his work is excellent. I'll definitely be using the new renders on the website.

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I'm really excited for my project and I hope you guys are too. It's been a long time in the making with a lot of lessons learned, but it's also been fun. :)

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Fri Jan 16, 2015 3:20 pm
by bharbour
It's looking good!!!

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Sun Jan 18, 2015 2:56 am
by LouisV
Hey guys, the HDX (I'm going to announce its official name soon) has been built. Well, the mechanical aspect has, I have yet to mount the motors to it and what not. What you see in the photos is pretty much the mechanical kit that I plan to sell and what beta testers will get. The mechanical kit will include belts and motor pulleys, but those aren't in the photos. I'll have more photos tomorrow, and better quality ones with a real camera since my phone isn't the best at taking photos, but I hope you enjoy. :)

By the way, the new z-axis is a beast. Words can't describe how great it is. Solid doesn't begin to describe it.

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