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 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 my router that's about 1.5 inches. I cut 3/4 inch plywood regularly. Cutting thick materials requires multiple passes. I usually cut 1/8th inch with each pass, so 1/4 inch plywood takes two passes.
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 basic 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 ZR2200, the shaft coupler for this router is marked as such in checkout, so you won't need to measure your fine adjustment shaft.
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 two bricks, two sheets of plywood, and three 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?
We recommend the Ridgid R22002. It has a number of nice features. It is easy to adjust, the closed loop speed control is nice, the LED which light your cut are nice, and the dust collection is nice. Alternatively, if you're in the EU, we'd recommend the AEG MF 1400 KE. We haven't tested every router because that would be expensive, but we will test as many as we can. If you have questions about a specific router, give us a shout in the forums.
What tools do I need to assemble my Maslow CNC?
A philips screwdriver, 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.
Last time we did this we promised to provide a cord for any plug type...never again :-)
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). 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 I've been enjoying using these 1/8th inch end mills for general cutting. They are cheap and well made.
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 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.
Will you mark my package as a "gift" so I don't have to pay customs?
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?
At the moment, no. We do plan to have individual parts for sale through our website in the coming months, but at the moment we are focused on fulfilling our Kickstarter orders and our waitlist orders. We don't currently have a stock of extra parts to sell and we don't want to provide the opportunity to "skip" the line by purchasing individual parts and sourcing the rest on your own.
All that being said, we are open source and our entire BOM can be found under the "Source" tab from our website. A couple of parts are custom made but should be easy enough to find replacements for on your own.
What will I have to purchase once my kit arrives?
You will need to buy two bricks, two sheets of 3/4 in plywood, and three 10' 2x4s. You will also need a fixed base router. We recommend the Ridgid R22002 or the AEG MF 1400 KE if you are based in the EU.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org 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 is advising 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.