Preparing to Ship: The June 28th Update

Hey everyone! This week’s update is going to be short because we’re full speed ahead getting ready to ship. We’ve received word from customs that our Arduino Shields are about to clear customs in Los Angeles and hopefully should be here in Portland within the next day or two. In preparation, we’ve started packing boxes with everything except the shield, printing shipping labels, and updating the instructions to put the kit together.

Preparing to ship!

Preparing to ship!

Assembly Instruction Re-write

Based on feedback from our Beta Testers I am going to be re-writing the assembly instructions over the next few days to simplify the process and update the pictures to show the latest hardware. I know some of you are in the process of building your frames in advance of the kit arriving, so keep in mind as you do that, the instructions will be a little bit in flux for the next few days. 

Software Updates

This week’s firmware and Ground Control releases, feature minimal changes from last week as we’ve been focusing on shipping and letting the dust settle from all the recent changes. Going forward as we move away from the beta period, we would like to see more gradual changes to make sure we don’t break things along the way. This week we incorporated some feedback from our beta testers about making an error message more clear, and clarifying the wording of one step in the calibration process. We also added a second set of crosshairs which shows the machine’s estimated actual position instead of a circle of uncertainty to give us a better sense of how well the feedback controller is working. 

Projects

Projects This week we saw a couple cool projects. First off, right after the release of last week’s software we saw community members blsteinhauer88 and rancher whip out some great projects to test the new software. blsteinhauer88 made this cool sun and moon cut out while rancher made an awesome box to hold records. 

Sun and moon cutout by blsteinhauer88

Sun and moon cutout by blsteinhauer88

Record storage box by rancher

Record storage box by rancher

We also saw our friend Ian take the scrap wood from Hannah’s Oregon shaped corn hole boards and make a beautiful piece of art from them. What a cool idea showing off how maslow can be used to create both practical and artistic objects. 

Oregon cutouts cut from the original 4x8 sheets

Oregon cutouts cut from the original 4x8 sheets

Stacked and painted

Stacked and painted

Have a great week everyone, and GET READY! We can’t wait to see what you are going to build. 

 -Bar and Hannah