The August 16th Update: Continued Work on the Pod & Software Things

Hi everyone!

Hope this Wednesday is treating you well. It’s cooled off here in Portland just enough to be beautiful again. Overall, we feel really lucky for the weather we’ve had, especially considering we’ve been working long days outside in order to complete the pod!

First of all, we want to remind everyone that this is our last official “Weekly Update”. After this, we will be transitioning to a Bi-Monthly Update, meaning the next update will be coming out on Wednesday, August 30th. Thanks to everyone for being supportive of this change.

Similarly to last week, essentially 110% of our time in the past week has gone toward construction of the pod that will end up at the Kenton Women’s Village here in Portland. We’ve managed to get basic email and forums checks done, but beyond that have been mainly unavailable to our community of Maslow users and we want to apologize sincerely for that. As I write this update, Bar is working hard on a software bug that he just hasn’t had the time to fix until now. After the event at the Portland Art Museum this Sunday, which you can see here, we plan to take a couple of weeks off from the completion of the pod in order to make improvements and forward steps with Maslow both as a machine and as a business. Thank you so much to everyone for your understanding with this.

We’d like to try to go over some of the “lessons learned” from the construction of the pod, because they have been numerous! From what it means to construct a house out of majority CNCed parts, to what it means to work with architects, to what it means to put a roof on a house, the list of things we’ve learned feels incredibly long. Bar and I were just talking, and at the end of the day the value we’ve gotten out of putting our time and efforts into this pod has made the entire venture very well worth it. We now feel confident that we could easily advise on “do’s” and “don’ts” of tiny house construction with a CNC, which we could not say before, and that knowledge is priceless.

We plan to go into more details in terms of lessons learned, possibly in our next update, but for now we just want to thank everyone again for sticking with us through this very busy time. We wouldn’t be doing any of this without you!


Software Changes This Week:
The software update will probably be pretty late this evening. I’m currently trying to figure out a bug which is preventing the machine from loading its position correctly some of the time. The problem seems to be the result of a change to the way the machine dimensions are sent from Ground Control, but beyond that I am not sure yet. I will add the details of what the fix was to the GitHub release page as soon as I’ve tracked down the issue and made the release.


Noah from SERA Architects working hard to sand the inside of the pod. The goal is to have this segment completely finished by Sunday!

Noah from SERA Architects working hard to sand the inside of the pod. The goal is to have this segment completely finished by Sunday!

he inside of the second segment which is under construction. You're looking at the bottom shelf of a built-in shelving unit!

he inside of the second segment which is under construction. You're looking at the bottom shelf of a built-in shelving unit!

The other wall of segment number two.

The other wall of segment number two.

The top half of segment number two from above.

The top half of segment number two from above.


Thanks for reading to the end of our final Weekly Update! We’ll be back on August 30th with our first Bi-Monthly Update. Have a great rest of your Wednesday, all.

Hannah & Bar