New Software Versions, Some Informational Videos, and Continued Beta Testing: The March 29th Update

Hey Everybody!

Happy Wednesday! We hope the last week has treated you well. We’ve continued to chug along with Beta Testing and helping the first round of Maslow users to get their machines up and running. Z-axis kits shipped on Friday, so for the most part everyone is still very much in the process of getting up and running, but we’ve been making good progress every day!

This week we’ve got a couple of informational videos we made for you as well as a tiny bit of info about Maker Faire Bay Area 2017. Additionally, we’ve been trying to keep up with the project of the week, but it’s been a little busy for that. Hannah finally managed to paint the cornhole boards (and they look great!) but they don’t have legs yet! Hopefully next week we'll be able to show them off.

We had a couple requests for videos from the forums, and this one is about how to take measurements of the machine and go through the calibration procedure. This week many of our beta testers got their kits put together and had to go through the calibration process. We were getting a lot of feedback that you were seeing ellipsis instead of circles, so we rewrote the way the calibration process is done over the weekend, and we've got new software and firmware versions for you. More on that in a second, but first as requested here is a walk through of the calibration and setup process.

New version of Ground Control and the Firmware are ready!

We will be releasing new version of both each week with the update.

You can download the latest versions of Ground Control and the firmware from github here and here, and as always you can find instructions for installing them here.

This weeks versions incorporated our beta testers feedback to bring you not only a better calibration process, but also a rearranged UI, more settings options, support for your newly arrived z-axis, a version numbering system, better gcode interpretation, and NUMEROUS bug fixes. We all owe a huge debt of gratitude to our beta testers for guiding the development process. We couldn't have done any of what we did this week without your help. Thank you beta testers!

Our second video this week is a response to a request in the forums to give a small tutorial on how to go from a .dxf file to a .nc file, or a file in Gcode which can be uploaded into Ground Control and then cut by Maslow. The video covers the basics, as well as some of the issues that exist with making the conversion and the ways in which we can hopefully change the process to make it much more seamless and simple in the future.

On a fun, event-related note, we wanted to put Maker Faire Bay Area 2017 on everyone’s radar! We will be attending Maker Faire Bay Area this year, and are lucky to be partnering with Kickstarter to have some shared exhibition space with them and some other makers from Kickstarter. Maker Faire Bay Area is May 19-21 this year, and you can get tickets by clicking here. For those of you who haven’t been before, Maker Faire is an awesome chance to see some of the coolest stuff in the world and have a lot of fun doing it. If you have any chance of making it to the West Coast in May, we hope you’ll come hang out with us at Maker Faire! We’ll provide more specific info on the event and our partnership with Kickstarter as it gets closer.

Thanks for checking in with us this week! We hope you found the update informative, and we’ll be back next week with more!

Until then,

- Bar & Hannah