Joining the Maker movement

Joining the #Maker movement.

GlowForge

We jumped at the chance to buy a Laser cutter when we saw the promo for the GlowForge come out late 2015.

glowforgeWe thought long and hard over 4 weeks about how much we were prepared to spend as the difference in price between the Standard and Professional model was approx. $2000 USD versus $4000 USD.

I thought we could earn our money back by getting into the Wedding Invites market on Etsy, as well as doing things like custom engraving for Laptops and other little craft & gifts type of stuff.

We eventually decided to go for the Pro model as it came with an Air filter that made the machine easier to use anywhere you like, and also a pass-through slot that meant we could cut or engrave items of infinite length (but not height).

Shipping on a machine that weighs 30+ kilo’s to our house in Australia added considerable cost but what choice do you have? The Glowforge pre-order sale also claimed to be offering the machine for 50% it’s final RRP and a quick check at competitors pricing soon revealed these high-tech devices do sell for a lot of hard-earned dollar.

Carvey

Soon after finding the GlowForge I came across a tabletop 3D Carving machine called “Carvey“, made by the good folks from Inventables.com who also make a DIY CNC machine called the X-carve.Carvey

Carvey is also a pre-order machine with the first units rolling off the production line now, going to backers of their Kickstarter campaign.

Carvey cost me $1999 USD plus I paid a little more for a Bit-set, tools and material bundle.

Shipping was $441.

The helpdesk guys at Inventables have been really good so far. I got in touch to ask how easy it was to change the Bits (cutting tools) and they tested for me and verified it was a little difficult, but definitely doable. As a one-armed guy, tasks such as changing bits can be very difficult if I am unable to gain leverage by using my foot or teeth or whatever is required.

Workbench

Once I looked the specs for the two machines I saw it would be a combined weight of nearly 70 kilo’s and width of 152cm.

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Kreg K4I decided to build a sturdy workbench and bought myself a clever little device called a Kreg Pockethole jig. This sells for around $140 on Amazon.

This allows woodworkers to make extremely strong joints using screws drilled in at an angle with the Jig. It has a massive fanbase online so get youself up to speed on YouTube if you’d like to know more.

Built the Workbench over a few weekends during my precious little freetime and the photo above was progress made on Boxing day, when I finally got to join the two halves together. Only a couple of large errors but nothing to affect the stability.

Today all going well, will get to cut out the top bottom from really thick plywood and that will be screwed on using the Pockethole system, making the bench 95% complete. Always a massively satisfying achievement, especially as a one-armed wood-worker.

Maker Movement

Is “The maker movement is primarily the name given to the increasing number of people employing do-it-yourself (DIY) and do-it-with-others ( DIWO) techniques and processes to develop unique technology products.”

 

We plan to create a wide range of products, which I cover in this blog post.

Look out for regular updates to the progress towards becoming a Maker on the blog.

 

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