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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.

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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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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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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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Sorry the spag is so poor below, I hit send too soon. 
 
sometimes the sipmlist hacks are the best. I've been needing more light for the 3d printer and had on hand everything needed. I had bought the coolent arms for making third hands, I had picked up the LED bulb on closeout at Lowes because I knew it would be usefull at some point. I have loads of 12V brick power supplys around.
I just cut the tip of the powersupply and ran it through the coolent tube, soldered the wires directly to the bulb and then after sealing the wires formed a mound with shapelock.
One of the best projects for the amount of time I have done. I have maybe an hour in it and it works great. 
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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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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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Made this meme a little over a year ago it was well received by a machinist group I belong to... So I will just leave this here for all to enjoy
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4 engineers get into a car. The car won't start.
The Mechanical engineer says: "It's a broken starter".
The Electrical engineer says: "Dead battery".
The Chemical engineer says: "Impurities in the gasoline".
The IT engineer says: "Hey guys, I have an idea. How about we all get out of the car and get back in?".
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Okay, who is going to buy a 2.0 when they become available?
The FabMo is enough for me to jump on and there will be a bunch of mechanical improvements. While I don't want them to take away from getting it ready for market, I do surely wish Brian Owen  or someone from Shopbot would tell us what all made the final cut on hardware improvements. 
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Awful quite around here lately. 
I've been getting to know a new 3d printer (my first). I think the Handibot has ruined  me in that I want to make everything and have something for every way of making. I love the 3d printer, it will do things the handi will not, and vise-versa. I hope to get a laser cutter/engraver next year and that will finish (as far as big things) my personal micro makerspace.

To be a digital maker, software is as important as the hardware. I've been really trying to learn to create on the computer better so what is passed off to the Handibot or the 3d printer is better. 

There are both advantages and disadvantages to using multiple software packages to design with. 
A couple of advantages are sometimes a particular program is just better for a job and 2), each different program helps me understand modeling a little better.
The big disadvantage is you will be working in one and miss a feature that is in another. "Why can't you do that?"

I've been alternating between Sketchup, 123d Design and Viacad 3d. 

If you are not using both Sketchup and 123D you should try them as they are both free for non commercial use. 
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Blackfoot build was pretty straight forward.  Building the table for it was probably the most involved part of the process.  I built the table in two stages.  First build was just legs and surface I then used that build to sort out the torsion box build.  Probably 6-12 hangups/mistakes/head scratching moments.  But more or less it was fine.

  Software issues were more of an problem than hardware for me.   Defining the bed size and travel speeds etc  were not straight forward for example.  Using handibot board to control would have simplified a lot.  Mostly just because I am used to the vcarve/shopbot work flow.  I will post pictures at some point.
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