What kind of materials can Maslow cut?

Maslow is designed to cut the kinds of materials you could normally cut with a router table. Think plywood, sheet rock, MDF, etc. We have some people ask about cutting pieces that have been glued up. Generally, we don't recommend Maslow for this type of use. Keep in mind that you cannot do any 3D carving with Maslow and you are limited by the depth of your router. That being said, you can cut pockets as long as the are smaller than the size of the sled!

How thick of material can Maslow cut?

The thickness of material you can cut is really only limited by the travel on your router. On the router we use that's about 1.5 inches. We cut 3/4 inch plywood regularly. Cutting thick materials requires multiple passes. The general rule is that you need to cut in depth half the width of the cutting tool you are using, so when usually cutting with a 1/4 inch bit, we make 1/8th inch passes. 

Can I shrink or extend the 4'x8' work area of the Maslow?

Yes! You can make a smaller or larger frame for the Maslow and the software and calibration process will take this new size into account. The only thing to take into consideration when building a frame larger than 4'x8' is that you may need to extend the 11' length of #25 roller chain we provide in the Regular Kit.

How does the z-axis work?/How does the machine raise and lower the router bit?

There are two ways to raise and lower the router bit. The Base Kit relies on you to set the depth of the cut manually. When the bit needs to be raised or lowered the machine will stop and the software will prompt you to set the depth on your router. We chose to do it this way to keep the kit as simple and affordable as possible, and to ensure it works with as many types of routers as possible.

Alternatively, you can purchase our Z-Axis Kit for an additional $60. This kit comes with all the parts necessary to attach a motor to the fine adjustment shaft of your router so that the depth of the bit will be adjusted automatically when making a cut. Please reference the photos below to understand which part of your router you will need to measure in order to determine the size of the shaft coupler you should select when placing your order for the Z-Axis Kit. If you are purchasing the recommend Ridgid R22002, the shaft coupler for this router is marked as such in checkout, so you won't need to measure your fine adjustment shaft.

 The variable part is the Shaft Coupler.

The variable part is the Shaft Coupler.

 Use a precise measuring device to measure the width of the fine adjustment shaft. The coupler you choose when purchasing your Z-Axis Kit will connect the fine adjustment shaft on your router to the Z-Axis motor. Be sure to remove the knob that is (usually) attached to this shaft before measuring it.

Use a precise measuring device to measure the width of the fine adjustment shaft. The coupler you choose when purchasing your Z-Axis Kit will connect the fine adjustment shaft on your router to the Z-Axis motor. Be sure to remove the knob that is (usually) attached to this shaft before measuring it.

You keep listing the price as "under $500" but the complete kit is $350. What's up with that?

We didn't want to say for $350 because you still have to buy bricks, plywood, and 2x4s to put your kit together. If you don't have a fixed base router already, you will have to buy one of those too. Additionally, you may want to purchase the Z-Axis Kit which is $60. If you don't own a router, the total comes out to be about $500.

What router would you recommend?

If you're in the US, we recommend the Ridgid R22002. It has a number of nice features. It's easy to adjust, the closed loop speed control is nice, the LED which light your cut are nice, and the dust collection is nice. If you're outside the US, the following list is one that has been put together by our community:

  • Mastercraft Maximum - Canada only
  • Bosch POF 1200 AE
  • FivePears router
  • Triton MOF001
  • Hitachi M12V
  • AEG MF 1400 KE
  • This spreadsheet contains more routers that have been tested with Maslow

Please note that with the new Ring System upgrade to the Base Kit, compatibility with many routers may change. The inside of the current ring is 18 centimeters across, meaning the router you use with Maslow needs to be less than 18 centimeters wide.

What tools do I need to assemble my Maslow CNC?

A philips screwdriver, a drill, a hand saw, and a pair of pliers.

What kind of plug does Maslow use?

Maslow comes with a power supply which works from 100-240 volts, 50-60Hz. We will provide either a U.S. power cord or an E.U. power cord. If you live in a country which uses a different cord type you will need to buy a standard computer power cord for your country like the one shown in the picture below.

How do I control Maslow from a computer?

Maslow comes with our Ground Control software which lets you move the machine to where you want to cut, see a digital readout of the machine's position in real time, and open and cut a file. Ground Control can run on a Mac, Windows, or Linux computer. Ground Control is multi-touch compatible so if you want to use a tablet as a touch interface to your machine, you can.

What kind of design files does the machine read?

Maslow uses G-code which means it works with hundreds of different programs which handle dozens of file types. The most common file types we use are .DXF (Autocad) and .SVG (Adobe Illustrator), which need to be converted into G-Code (.NC file type) in order to be read by Maslow's software, called Ground Control. Check out the website www.makercam.com to play around with cutting something out from a .SVG file.

What kind of end mill should I use?

That depends on the job at hand, but we usually use the 1/4 router bits available from our store.

Can I put a plasma cutter on my machine?

As an open source project, you have the right to do anything you want with the hardware in your kit, but please be careful.

Where will you ship Maslow?

Anywhere with an address! For the Maslow CNC Base Machine Kit, domestic shipping is $13 and international is $70. For just the Z-Axis Add On, domestic shipping is $6.50 and international is $35. Please keep in mind that if receiving a Kit internationally you will have to pay the import tax imposed by your country in order for the package to actually be released to you. This tax is different in every country, but is some percentage of the total cost of the goods you are importing.

Will you mark my package as a "gift" so I don't have to pay customs taxes?

No. That's illegal. We are doing our best to keep the cost and shipping cost of the machine as low as possible.

Can I purchase individual parts of this kit instead of buying the whole thing?

Yes! We have some spare parts available under the "Store" tab of our website.

What will I have to purchase once my kit arrives?

You will need to buy bricks, 3/4 inch plywood, and 10' 2x4s. You will also need a fixed base router. Lumber dimensions are not critical, 18mm plywood and metric sized lumber will work perfectly.

What’s the best way for me to get in touch with someone from the Maslow team?

The forums are the best way to ask us a general question because it's likely that someone else will get back to you before we do. If you need to contact us personally, info@maslowcnc.com is the best way.

Where did Tom from Makesmith go?

He got a job, but he's still involved. He's become somewhat of a Kickstarter expert since our last project, and he advised us on how to run the campaign. He wasn't in the video this time, but he was standing on the other side of the camera laughing at all of our bloopers.