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Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 10:22 am
by RobCee
It's looking awesome, Louis!
You are making me want to get mine upgraded properly, but that is at the bottom of a very long list.

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Sat Feb 14, 2015 2:36 pm
by LouisV
RobCee wrote:It's looking awesome, Louis!
You are making me want to get mine upgraded properly, but that is at the bottom of a very long list.
It's all good. My team and I are planning for Routakit to stick around for a good long while so whenever you're ready we'll be here with a kit with your name on it. ;)

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Sat Feb 21, 2015 11:11 pm
by LouisV
Hey guys,

I have some more photos of the standard Routakit. We've been busy with Kickstarter related work and working on beta kits, but we're making sure we find time to get the standard machine put together and running. Some hardware that we're using are stand ins, like screws that are too long or not using eccentric nuts where we need to but we'll fix that soon. Anyway I have to be somewhere soon so I'll cut this post short. Enjoy. :)

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Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:54 pm
by LouisV
Hey everyone,

We're working on Kickstarter related stuff mostly. Our timeline to launch is looking like it's March 16th at 9 A.M eastern time. We've had to push it back another week but it's for the best.

Just a quick and random update on fabricating for the Routakit HD, I've decided I'd post some photos of a 90% done z-axis extrusion in more detail (it needs to be sanded, primed, and painted). We're quite happy with how they've been turning out and describing them as strong is an understatement. :)

They are made by hand at our studio (with the help of power tools of course, especially our drill press) and a lot of work actually goes into making each one. Each extrusion is made from a solid bar of 6061-T6 aluminum that is 3/4" wide and 1.5" deep. Four M8 sized screws (three coming from the back of the rear x-plate) are used to secure the extrusion to the front x-axis plate. These extrusions, paired with the steel rail, are one of the reasons why the z-axis assembly as a whole is very rigid and solid.

Of course the same overall design is being employed for the standard Routakit, but we've substituted the solid extrusion with a HFS5 Misumi extrusion, and the steel rail with Open Rail in order to keep cost down.

Here's some photos:

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Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:11 am
by megeshg
a nice touch would be to engrave the machine name onto each of the z-axis alu part. at 1.5" you should have enough room...

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Thu Feb 26, 2015 8:52 pm
by LouisV
megeshg wrote:a nice touch would be to engrave the machine name onto each of the z-axis alu part. at 1.5" you should have enough room...
Thanks for the suggestion, that would be a nice touch. We'll definitely consider it. :)

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Wed Mar 11, 2015 10:49 pm
by LouisV
Hey everyone,

It's been a while since my last update on here. Things are progressing very well and we're getting a lot accomplished. Both the Routakit SD and Routakit HD finished their photo shoots and they're looking good. ;)

The Routakit SD (standard) is almost ready for action, we're just waiting on the spindle to arrive, which as of now is very late to the party and it doesn't look like it'll be here until next week sometime. :( Because we want to get plenty of good footage of the SD running and cutting we'll have to push back the launch date unfortunately. We're confident that by the end of the month we'll be able to launch, though depending on Kickstarter's approval process it may slip into the first week of April.

Random Picture TIME!

We recorded a video of the HD cutting out a nice big gear out of 3/4" aluminum to be used in our Kickstarter campaign.

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Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Tue Mar 17, 2015 11:12 pm
by LouisV
Hey everyone, just another quick update here. We've decide while waiting for the SD's spindle to arrive (which should be this Friday according to UPS) that we could perhaps make emblem badges for both our machines and include those with all purchased machines. We feel that having a label of the logo on the machine makes it feel more finished and professional. We wanted to be fairly inexpensive yet have a high enough quality that it would look good.

We didn't want to go the sticker route since they can peel off over time and leave nasty residue behind. After tossing ideas around for a while we ultimately decided on black acrylic, which is easy to work with, cheap (in bulk), and durable enough to stand the test of time. Each emblem is about 7 1/2 inches across and 1 1/2 inches tall. They are screwed into place with two low profile M5 screws. Pretty straight forward. :geek: We really like the fact that the badges have some depth to them, as opposed to using something like a sticker.

Anyway here are some quick pics that we took.

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Routakit HD

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Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 1:12 am
by Atonwa
Very nice, great finishing touch. Can't wait!

Re: Project Shapeoko HD

Posted: Wed Mar 18, 2015 6:14 pm
by LouisV
Ok, so I just checked UPS again to make sure the spindle for the SD is still on track for delivery this Friday.... To my amazement it got pushed back yet again to Tuesday of next week..... I can't say that I'm not disappointed. This fiasco with the spindle reminds me of when I ordered a drill press over a year ago.. It took UPS 6 weeks to deliver it, and it was domestic shipping.... :( This is the second time UPS has dropped the ball big time for me. I seem to have less problems with FedEx and USPS... Well, I guess this means that our Kickstarter campaign won't be launching until sometime after the 24th. We should be good to by the end of the month assuming our campaign gets approved in a timely manner. But we'll see. I'll keep you guys posted.