December 1, 2016 at 12:59 am #21944
The other challenge I’m seeing now is software. Fusion 360 seems like the best free non-Windows option; but setup is not trivial.
The CAM process with eg. Cura for 3D printing is easy and reliable; still getting my head around the process for milling.
I think the closer it can get to plug-and-play, the wider the audience – eg. I think it is an interesting challenge but I can see where it would get frustrating if what you want is a DIY-but-easy-and-cheap way of milling a PCB, or engraving a sign, or cutting out some 123D Make stegosauruses!
So, for those who have good settings files, perhaps it would be good to aggregate them in one place. Eg. here is the workflow and settings for engraving a sign, and here are the bits you need if using a Dremel, and here are the bits you need with a 1/4″ router.
That would then open up the field to those less interested in the “fabbing” side, but who need the capabilities — robotics, radio, custom packaging, signs, branding. Something like a ZMorph or an Othermill costs >$4500 in Australia; >10x cost of MPCNC.December 1, 2016 at 9:03 am #21948
Bill- You always gotta keep me on my toes….floating login….Let me figure out how to get the formatting of the dang box correct first.. haha Thanks. As much as I hate the webdesign stuff It does feel good to solve an issue!
Cave – I wish there was something for shipping. Honestly the cost I charge is just the shipping cost straight from the USPS. There is the software side, the shopping cart calculation side, packaging. The hardest part for me is getting the cart to properly charge you. There are 3 prices for 3 different sizes. I have that working pretty well know but the price I can;t seem to get remotely close to the prices I have now, let alone cheaper. USPS/DHL/Fedex all tend to be about 3x’s as much.
I know most people don’t see it but when you buy from china the only thing cheap is the “epacket” at least in the US. Wikipedia said we made some shipping deal with them a long time ago. So the “epacket” is actually government funded. When I buy from china I pay full price DHL. If it can;t fit in an epacket It is much more expensive. I am in that crappy zone between the epacket and the sea freight. I am losing my a%% in shipping.
As for your software concerns. What are you trying to do. You mentioned 4 different things. There is Machine control, CAD, CAM, SLicing. Start the answer to this one in a new thread please and we will sort it out.December 1, 2016 at 11:15 am #21958
Always will to help push the envelope… I see you added the page navigation gadgets to the bottom of the thread and really, really like that. 🙂
Though the forum tree (New Home › Forum › Updates › lil update & Another Server upgrade…. ›) on the bottom would also be helpful, giving me a path back without having to hit the back button in the browser.December 1, 2016 at 7:51 pm #21984
Wow you are awesome! Been looking for a cnc machine and stumbled across this. Unreal. Good work. I just registered and will be placing orders soon. Your mind gave my mind hope that I can make what’s in my mind! Lol. Thank you Vicious1.December 2, 2016 at 12:00 pm #21990
Glad to have you Ian!
Need a slogan yours almost fits but its a little too meta, haha. “Giving minds hope to make what is on them”December 2, 2016 at 12:56 pm #21991
The sidebar login is working for me. Hooray.
I’ve thought about your slogan for a few seconds, and I’ve come up with this:
“Making things to make maker’s minds make mind made things”December 3, 2016 at 11:59 am #22001
Awesome now say it 3 times fast!
“Making things to make maker’s minds make mind made things”December 3, 2016 at 10:47 pm #22028
Not gonna get into tongue twisters, but will suggest a space between the forum tree and the subscribe link. I see this in Firefox: New Home › Forum › UpdatesSubscribeDecember 6, 2016 at 5:13 pm #22195
Wow Marlin and wordpress update in the same day…
I was waiting for the wordpress update before I went to far with the site, now that it is here. Time to clean it up a bit.
The new server and new theme are worth it! Only way to go from here is down…I’ll careful not to screw it up too much.December 6, 2016 at 10:09 pm #22198
Yeah, I was running site updates all evening once I got home. Themes first then WordPress itself. I’ve got one more to do, but that will wait for tomorrow.December 7, 2016 at 2:54 pm #22218
Chrome on Android doesn’t like the new site. Can’t click the menu icon to get to any of the sections.December 7, 2016 at 2:57 pm #22219
Shoot. That is what I’m using and it seems to work perfectly both logged in or not. I’ll see if I can test it with all the phones I can get my hands on.December 7, 2016 at 3:47 pm #22222
I’m having same problem on LG phone with android and chrome. It worked fine for first few days after site was reworked. Then it started showing an”a” for the menu icon but it still worked. Then it started only working if I was logged in but still showed letters instead of icons and icons on bottom of page were Chinese characters. Now even when logged in tje main navigation icons show as icons but don’t work at all when clicking. Only way for me to get to forum is to enter /forum after the main site address in the address bar. I’ve tried clearing cache on phone and rebooting but it only brought the ucons back not their functionality.
But despite this I love the new site and improvements to the forum!December 7, 2016 at 4:02 pm #22225
Any better now? I just ran all the new updates.
There was a huge update yesterday, and today there was minor updates.December 7, 2016 at 4:08 pm #22226
Hey! That got it, but I just found another issue. Chrome on my desktop autoprieviews web links. Firefox does not. Not sure if it’s just me though.
Attachments:December 9, 2016 at 9:52 am #22314
looks like the forums are counted in the page views now! 12,000 views a day, wowzers.
Attachments:December 11, 2016 at 9:22 am #22482
Just checking in.
Still need to figure out the bug Barry found and reorganize the forums.
For the reorganizing I don;t think this will work anymore.
– Usage # Formally “Getting Started”
Builds and Things Built:
– MPCNC Builds
– MP3DP Builds
– Tips and Techniques # Maybe pull the few Cut speed posts into here?
Random or Off Topic
I/we will have 3 machines very soon and it could get ugly. Should I make 3 different main forums with duplicate content trees? MPCNC, MP3DP, lowrider in each one of those have the same basic tree like above?December 11, 2016 at 10:06 am #22486
“I/we will have 3 machines very soon and it could get ugly. Should I make 3 different main forums with duplicate content trees? MPCNC, MP3DP, lowrider in each one of those have the same basic tree like above?”
My 5¢ (damn inflation)
Machines: – MPCNC Builds -– Assembly -– Troubleshooting -– Usage # Formally “Getting Started” – MP3DP Builds -– Assembly -– Troubleshooting -– Usage # Formally “Getting Started” - Low Rider -– Assembly -– Troubleshooting -– Usage # Formally “Getting Started” Projects / What are you making? Could also be split up, but could be mashed together. Tips and Techniques # Maybe pull the few Cut speed posts into here? - Feeds and Speeds Would probably work for both CNCs. - Filament settings Not sure about this one. Development: – Hardware – Software Updates Random or Off Topic International: – French – Spanish – SwahiliDecember 11, 2016 at 10:23 am #22487
I think assembly and troubleshooting end up being the same thing so swap out assembly for Builds? Ohhh no I like the way you have it, builds as the main category…nice. Is usage kinda the same as troubleshooting or more of an advice, like what bit or speed do you recommend for this project?
– MPCNC Builds
— MPCNC Projects (projects that used mainly the MPCNC)
-– TroubleshootingDecember 11, 2016 at 10:29 am #22488
–MPCNC Projects (projects that used mainly the MPCNC)
–MP3DP Projects (projects that used mainly the MP3DP)
–LowRider Projects (projects that used mainly the LowRider)
Random or Off TopicDecember 11, 2016 at 11:28 am #22491
I think that looks good. I personally prefer the combined projects space, especially because they can often use either machine or sometimes multiple machines.December 11, 2016 at 11:45 am #22493
Alright, cool. I think we are getting close.December 11, 2016 at 1:28 pm #22499
Yea, I like the combined project space as well. Gives you ideas for other machine projects without having to go dig for them.December 11, 2016 at 8:23 pm #22537
I vote for having a combined Projects, I visualize projects that use more than one machine, for instance making an MP3DP really uses both a 3D printer and a router so a similar project might feature both the MP3DP and the MPCNC. It’d be worthwhile to encourage that type of mixed project. (Hmm, use the Low Rider to build a really big MP3DP? I could print a ride-able drone.)December 29, 2016 at 4:16 pm #23877
Okay, how is it so far?
The new forum layout missing anything?
Styling it is difficult I found a great plugin but when it is on I can’t edit things on the administrator side, so I can’t use it. I have been scrounging CSS tweaks and using them in a child theme.December 29, 2016 at 5:27 pm #23881
Still browsing but so far it looks good. I like the categorized layout.December 29, 2016 at 6:53 pm #23905
Wow, you’ve been a busy boy! Looking good so far, I’ll do more wading tonight.December 29, 2016 at 7:15 pm #23906
So, is there a clean way to handle posts new since you last read each section? Either with clicking the link takes you to the first unread, clicking on the time since last post takes you to the first unread, or highlighting the titles of each unread post? Right now I have to sort of remember when I read last, click on the time sin ce last post display then scroll backwards to figure out where I left off. Not un-doable with the current complexity but getting tougher.December 30, 2016 at 6:57 am #23928
I really like the organization of the forums.
When posting on Android/Chrome, the text box is too large to fit on the screen. Not the worst thing, but in case you wanted to know.
Attachments:December 30, 2016 at 10:25 am #23939
The forums seem to have the only issues left. bbpress seems to be the root of it all, looking for a good plugin, I know I am not the only one with these issues. The most recent threads, the spacing issue on the login box(fixed with some css), spacing on the mobile forums, and I really want to get the embeds working again. I liked having the vids and links show up but they over lap for some reason. So I am slowly trying to figure out more css…but I’d rather be making a mess in the garage.
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