We hope you’ve all been well during the last two weeks. Portland has been experiencing unusually warm weather this month, but we’re not complaining. The best parts of the newsletter are always contributions from the community, and this week that’s even more true than most. There’s a small update from us, and then a whole bunch of amazing things from the community.
As far as the February shipment goes, we are still on track to ship near the end of the month. Parts are continuing to arrive and we’ve been at work trying to ensure our space is as organized as possible so that we can fit all the inventory we’ve received. We’re also beginning to prep certain parts so that they can go straight into boxes.
Chains and Brackets now available in the online Store
Just today, we made two new items available in our online Store - the Chain and the L Brackets. The chain is being sold in individual 11 foot lengths as a replacement for any chain that has been damaged or broken. This is the same chain that comes in the Regular Machine Kit. The L Brackets are extra inventory from our previous shipment. Since we have upgraded the machine to the new Ring System design, we no longer have a use for the L Brackets that previously attached the chain to the sled. That being said, these are very nice L Brackets that could be used for a variety of purposes. We’re selling them at a bit of a loss to us, but we don’t want them to go to waste and are sure someone can find a good use for them!
New Frame Design
The design of the stock frame for Maslow is getting an overhaul. We’ve learned a LOT in the last year and we’re applying all of that knowledge to making the machine more rigid, easier to assemble, and cheaper!
There is a vibrant conversation going in the forums about what the best way to do that is. So far 39 people have posted over 545 times and we’re making speedy progress. I want to say a HUGE thank you to everyone who has contributed. The final design is going to be so much better than what any one person could have come up with alone.
Below you can find one experimental take on what a new frame could look like. The rigid top bar keeps the distance between the motors constant for maximum accuracy. This design also removes the need for the temporary frame which makes the process to build the machine much faster. I’ve been experimenting with doing all of the slack chain management up top instead of down to the sides which seems to be working well so far, but more testing is needed.
You can follow along with the conversation in the forums here.
Dag83 put together this cool interactive map of where everyone in the forums community is. Participation in the forums is of course voluntary so this map doesn’t show where everyone who has a Maslow is, but even so it’s amazing to see how all around the world we are.
If you don’t see your region represented, add yourself! No need to use your exact address, just post to your town center. See the interactive map or add yourself here. You can also check out the original forum thread here for instructions.
Video about using easel to cut parts
Icedub made a very well done video tutorial on how to use the CAD/CAM program Easel to generate Gcode for Maslow. It’s an excellent introduction to the program with the information you need, and no excess information.
If you want to say thank you, here’s the forum post.
George_Lehaf has been putting together an excellent set of videos covering unboxing and building his Maslow. Having a video assembly guide is fantastic. I know I would rather watch a video than follow written instructions. Subscribe to his channel for updates when each video comes out.
Bryan_Pollock made a very cool standing desk to hold his computer for working on Maslow. He designed it using the CAD program Moment of Inspiration which allows for really free form and interesting shapes.
Madgrizzle built an awesome Millennium Falcon cut out:
There was an interesting discussion on how to best paint the Millenium Falcon in the forums. The idea of cutting it with a vinyl transfer tape on the surface which would then provide a protective layer for the paint was floated.
Keith ran some tests with different bits and different types of transfer tapes to see which could work best and here’s what he found:
Madgrizzle also made this beautiful engraving.
Nathandarnell made this beautiful Bat Owen sign as a gift for a batman themed birthday party
Be well until the next update and keep making things and sharing them!
-Hannah and Bar