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Did some work on packaging tonight. Sharpie graphics work great. I went to a finer tip after these and everything works great. 
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So a few months ago this old knife maker dropped this idea at my feet. He said something along the lines of "this piece of ceramic is one of the best knife sharpeners I've ever seen for general daily use, dirty shame people keep cutting the crap out of themselves using them".
Knowing this guy for the last 30 years I knew he was issuing a challenge to see what I could do with it. Well, it has become an adiction. I designed a handle that worked but it had some problems so I went back to the drawing board and fixed all the things I and my customers didn't like about them and that became 2.0.
I print these about daily and now I am starting to work in wood. The wood is not exactly presentation quality yet but they are nice and getting better all the time.
These work especially well on odd shaped blades like the claw-shaped blades and some of the new survival knives where a flat stone is all but imposable to get in there.

If you'd like one they are on Etsy, just do a search for FlyingMonkeyFab, the plastic handles are (so far) always avalible, the wood is on a catch it when you can basis as I only turn out a few a week of those. 
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I like that.
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I'm finally turning out some good looking hardwood handles for my knife sharpeners. Here are two in maple and one in red oak. All with an oil finish.
If I ever fully grok DeskProto my handibot and I will turn out some truly cool things.

BTW, if your knife is dull, and it probably is, you can pick one of these up in plastic or wood as they become available from my Etsy shop. Just search for FlyingMonkeyFab. 
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Okay, all.
I've had my 2.0 for a couple of weeks now so I thought I'd share.
As most of you know, I was a very early adopter on the handibot having purchased the original Kickstarter version.

The hardware is all but flawless, and there will be a lot less time spent keeping this aligned and running than 1.X, very stiff and robust.
A couple of innovations I love:
The new zeroing is fantastic! No micro switches to break. A Z tap plate comes installed to the bed so cutter changes will be reliable matches for multi-bit designs.
Part of the packing material became a jig. Okay, maybe not the greatest jig ever but genus reuse of packing material.

The ONLY hardware problems I've had so far are the Z plate has extra holes for mounting the router mount higher or lower, well the extra holes needed chasing with a tap. Brian says this has been captured, and your unit will not have this problem. Also, some hardware was looser than I am comfortable with but no harm just tightened it up.

The firmware/software is where things become more of a mixed bag.
Fabmo is a significant change over sb3 that ran the 1.X units. I see it as having HUGE potential, but I also see it as mostly unfinished.
It is very user-friendly, and you can be cutting in minutes. File handling is drag and drop, and the SBC will buffer several files in a queue for you.

Now on to the unfinished part.
While the hardware is in place for four simultaneous axes, the firmware does not yet support it. So if you want to use the rotary indexer you have to either reconfigure your Y axis to B or do as I have done and Frankenstein the machine back to a 3.X control card. This brings up the other critical downfall of fabmo if you do reconfigure your Y and B, good luck getting it back to how it came as there is no support for profiles as of today.

So how do I rate it overall? I am giving it a 7 with the ability to go to a 10. If I was a new user I'd probably give it a 10 as I'd never realize the lack of profiles and the lack of support for the fourth axis. That is the great thing about software/firmware issues. They can be fixed as quickly as the code can be written and the SBCs flashed.



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If any of you have 2.0 and the indexer please let me know how to activate the B axis in SB4/fabmo

Thanx

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This has been resolved. The fabmo software does not yet support 4 simultaneous axis there are a couple of
workarounds if you want to use the indexer with 2.0
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This is a knife sharpener I invented/discovered it is 3d printed for now but I am going to explore doing the handle in nicer materials. We'll see what the Handibot can do with this. 
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Didn't get to spend much time in the shop this weekend but I did get to see that sharpie art works. 
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Hey, we are growing again. Looks like five new members in the last week or so. Welcome! Everyone feel free to post your projects, jigs, how-to's etc.
Or just introduce yourself.

If anyone is not aware, there is a handibot forum hosted by handibot/shopbot. That is the best place for questions needing help from the handibot staff.
This is just a super easy place to post some pictures and/or video. 
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Major Breakthrough tonight. With the newer postprocessors all the cutting schemes in DeskProto work. While the actual handle I just cut needed more sanding than the ones cut full rotary, that is not the point. Major doors are now open for things that I can cut.

Let me get the additional schemes down pat and you can expect an instructable on using the handibot and DeskProto together. 
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If you tried to post today Google flagged it and it's gone. Repost and I'll try to get it through. 
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So I have gotten into making and selling ceramic knife sharpeners, and while the 3d printed version works great, a lot of customers would like something nice, something that looks good around the house and not needing to be hidden away in a drawer.
This is being an absorbing experiment. Like most the things I've done like this, the first several became sawdust and firewood. My success rate is steadily growing now, but I've still got a lot to learn and some jigs to make.
I need to make a jig to mount the handle vertically so I can mill the top to take an insert for mounting the ceramic element.

I am using DeskProto to go from my design to openSB, but I've got to figure out rotary turning and unwrapping in Vcarve as there is just so much potential for beautiful work that way.

https://www.etsy.com/shop/FlyingMonkeyFab?ref=hdr_shop_menu




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+Frank D It is fascinating, after getting my Kickstarter, my imagination quickly became the only limitation. I love to see others work, please do post when there is something to share. 
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Okay, I want to upgrade to a V2.0 Handibot so bad that I am willing to give someone a great deal on my Kickstarter version.

This unit was one of the original Kickstarter units, but it has gotten most all of the 1.1 upgrades.
Comes with updated front and the half shield that comes with that.
Also, the full cover is included.
Laser alignment tool is included.
I have installed the wiring for auto Z zeroing and that works great.
I have the backing plate upgrade hardware but have not installed it as I have this thing dialed in and have not needed it. So regardless, you get this hardware for if you ever need it.
The power supply and USB interface card have been replaced so they are newer than you'd expect.
The fourth axis is installed, but I'll take it out for anyone who does not want it.
I'll get a new Vcarve license with the new unit. I will forward this on to you.
All switches and limit switches are working as of the 10th of Apr.

The bad:
This has not set in a box in the closet; this unit is well cared for but well used.
There is a crack in one of the side plates that does not effect operation.
To get this super price you have to wait until I get my 2.0, that looks to be about three weeks. I'll use the box from this to send you your Handibot.

The best:
I'll let you have this for $1500, and I'll pay shipping in the contiguous 48. This is outright theft, and you should be ashamed. :-)
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+Mike Runde Mike it does not.
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