Just a few of the kinds of things being discussed on the ShapeOko forum:
- At least three different motor driver boards
- At least two different ways to send G-Code to the interpreter
- At least two different G-Code interpreters
- Two distinct pick-and-place systems based on the ShapeOko 3-axis framework
- At least two different 3-D printers based on ShapeOko
- Several different drive belt modifications
- Two additional alternatives for driving the Y axis
- Longer X or Y axis modifications
- Reinforcing the Z stage to handle a beefier tool
- Spoil board and clamping options
- Geographic sub-groups based in Asia, New Zealand, and Europe, driven largely by shipping costs from the U.S.A. They are discussing making linear bearings by other means, or contracting with a local extruder, or making bulk orders. No one, including Inventables, is discouraging these activities.
- At least two alternatives to the MakerSlide material being used to construct ShapeOko
Why is all this significant?
It indicates a very active community of people who have already encountered every problem I am likely to see when I get my machine and start setting it up.
When I have successfully cut projects for a while, and I want to consider extending the capabilities, lots of people will have already blazed a lot of interesting trails.
If I decide none of the extensions fit my fancy, no one will freak out at me for going in a new and different direction.