February 14th Update: March Shipment, Maslow Magazine, New Router Rec, and Projects & Software of course!

Hi Everyone!

It wouldn’t be a Maslow newsletter if it didn’t start with some form of the words “It’s been a wild and busy two weeks for us” so without further ado…

It’s been a wild and busy two weeks for us. We’ve got a whole bunch of amazing projects, a new router option for Australia and Europe, a magazine(!), and a bunch of fantastic software changes.

February Batch Delivery Update:

Originally, our goal was to ship the February batch of kits out by the end of February (hence the name). Unfortunately one of our suppliers is running a little late and the parts for the ring will not be arriving to Portland until the first week of March. The fault is ours for not giving them enough time. Adding the ring was a last minute push to upgrade, and we think it will be well worth the extra wait. The parts are finished and loaded onto a ship which is leaving Shanghai on February 15th and will arrive to Portland 18-22 days laters, which puts arrival between March 5th and March 9th. We will be ready to start shipping the minute they arrive.

We’re very sorry for the delay, but we’ll try to keep you all updated from here on out regarding the status of shipment. Once we get the name of the ship the parts are on, we will be sending it out so you all can track the parts yourselves.

Thanks for your patience with us and for believing in Maslow and the community! We can’t wait to send all these new Maslows out the door. And if you want to wet your appetite a bit, check out our updated What’s in the Box website page which includes photos of everything you’ll be receiving in your kit!

Made on Maslow Magazine

Community member Bee, who you know if you have ever spent time in the forums, is putting together a Maslow CNC magazine which shows off what the community is creating, shares opinions from the community, and more! If you like the newsletter check out his website http://www.disciplesofcnc.com/ to sign up!

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Bosch POF 1200 AE Mod for Australians and Europeans

While the ridgid router has become the community standard in the US, in Europe and Australia there has yet to be a consensus on what the best router is. This week community member Ned had a great idea which was to try to modify the relatively affordable Bosch POF 1200 AE router to attach the z-axis.

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The 1200 model normally does not come with a height adjustment mechanism, but the next model up, the 1400, does and the 1200 has most of the mechanics for a height adjust hidden under a cap. Ned removed the cap and used some 3D printed parts to modify the router. Check out this fantastic video of his build:

You can read all about it in the forum thread here. There is some talk about organizing a group purchase on the 3D printed parts so if you are interested in this mod give a shout in the forum thread.

Software

This week’s software and firmware updates to version 1.06 include a lot of improvements and new features which are listed in the release notes, but there are a couple that I want to call attention to here.

Community member blurfl continues to make amazing contributions this week by solving a long standing issue where different hardware timers were used to generate the PWM signals for the left and the right motor which is why they sound different.  Both motors are now commanded at the same frequency, and not only that but in version 1.05 we can set the frequency! Not a lot of testing has been done to measure the effects of different frequencies, so if you give it a go let us know what you find. Options for the default setting of 490Hz, 4,100Hz and 31,000Hz are now available under the advanced settings.

The PWM frequency options

The PWM frequency options

The z-axis menu got an overhaul this week by thormj. The functions of the regular raise and lower buttons are the same, but we now have buttons to use the built in automatic tool length detection (if enabled), to plunge to the set depth, and retract to a safe height.

The updated z-axis menu

The updated z-axis menu

Another fantastic contribution from thormj this week was to add a velocity readout to the display in Ground Control. The readout shows the speed the machine is actually moving at any given time. You can find it directly below the position readout on the main window.

The new velocity readout shown highlighted

The new velocity readout shown highlighted

Projects

This week brought another batch of fantastic projects.

Brazz04 made these amazing maps by using his Maslow to cut into the wood, then filling the cuts with a coat of white epoxy, and using a drum sander to sand the surface smooth. The effect is wonderful, and not quite like anything I have seen before.

A finished street map of Austin, TX that looks amazing

A finished street map of Austin, TX that looks amazing

The maps after having the epoxy applied but before sanding

The maps after having the epoxy applied but before sanding

Brazz04’s attention to detail included adding a cut out for a hanger on the back

Brazz04’s attention to detail included adding a cut out for a hanger on the back

Addubb made this MASSIVE Ben and Jerry's sign which measures 14 feet 5 inches across and 5 feet high in the center. It was made from cutting four sheets of ¼ inch plywood and joining them, then wrapping the resulting structure which was then coated with an adhesive backed vinyl cover to give it the ice cream finish. The structure, clouds, and lighted sign were all cut with Maslow also. What an amazing piece of work!

Probably the largest thing built with Maslow to date..certainly the largest ice cream

Probably the largest thing built with Maslow to date..certainly the largest ice cream

To jump from larger than life to smaller than life, Bryan_Pollock made this cut out of a mule for a friend who recently got some mules. I love how much personality it expresses, and I love how many of these projects are gifts for others. What a considerate community!

Byran_Pollock made this mule cutout

Byran_Pollock made this mule cutout

Speaking of great gifts, Maker.Club cut out these fire engines to for his 3 year old son’s birthday. Each kid got the chance to paint one as a part of the party.

@Maker.Club said each one was cut in a single pass at 35ipm to get them done quick

@Maker.Club said each one was cut in a single pass at 35ipm to get them done quick

One of the completed firetrucks!

One of the completed firetrucks!

And while we’re on the topic of considerate, madgrizzle finished the flowers engraving we showed off in the last update, making a very nice gift for this valentines day.

What an amazing gift from madgrizzle

What an amazing gift from madgrizzle

Happy Valentines Day everyone! We’re really sorry that we’re running a little behind schedule. We promise we’re doing everything we can to get this next batch out the door.

-Bar and Hannah