MegaRail 80 and MegaRail Z Have Arrived!

I got the MegaRail 80 and the MegaRail Z from the supplier. They look great! They’re both very beefy. They’ll be a huge improvement in rigidity over MakerSlide.

I have added them to the store, pretty much at the price I had anticipated a while back. The listing is very bare-bones at the moment, but I’ll add drawings and more information about the features and uses of the profiles as I find time over the next few days. In the meantime, here are some older posts: a description of both profiles, the two candidate MegaRail Z profiles (I chose the one at the top), and the post where I guess at prices.

Many people have asked whether I will design and sell a machine using MegaRail. Yes, I will! I have already started, in fact. (More on it soon.)

MakerSlide back in stock

500 mm and 750 mm MakerSlide are back in stock.

All lengths are now available: 250 mm, 375 mm, 500 mm, 750 mm, 1000 mm, 1500 mm and 2000 mm.

I’m able to cut MakerSlide accurately now, so I’m considering offering a cutting service again. I need to make some room for the saw and the facing machine (and add chip collection to both, because they make a horrendous mess). Even so, it’s a bit of a hassle. If I do it, the price of the cutting service will reflect my dislike of doing it.

MakerSlide Camera Slider updated

The popular MakerSlide camera slider is now a little better: the carriage plate is 4 mm instead of 3 mm aluminium, making it more than twice as stiff.

Both the motorized camera slider (motor and electronics not included) and the basic slider (which is just a carriage with four V-wheels) are also available now without MakerSlide, as a courtesy to our Australian friends. The kits without rail can be posted inexpensively, and they can buy the MakerSlide locally. Belt (for the motorized slider) must be ordered separately, 100 mm longer than the rail.

Store shipping fixed

Shipping to the UK had been broken for a few days. After some debugging, I figured out that our shipping quote provider had stopped accepting decimals in the package dimensions as of 20 December — but only for destinations within the UK. Shipping a 42.0 cm long box abroad was fine, but it had to be 42 cm for the UK.

Also fixed shipping to Northern Ireland, which had been broken for two weeks (an upgrade had overwritten my old fix).

Everything works properly again.

eShapeoko kits back in stock

The eShapeoko kits are back in stock (with a lead time of about three weeks). After more than a year, I have decommissioned the reservation form!

MakerSlide should be back in stock in January.

The store is closed for Christmas. You can place orders any time, though, and we’ll resume shipping on 29 or 30 December.

Enjoy the holidays!


We return on the 2nd of January (unexpected change of flight dates).

MakerSlide Update

Well, it’s December and MakerSlide isn’t here yet. The fabricator are telling me their saw had been broken for more than a week back in November, which wrecked their schedule. They can’t even tell me when they might start working on my order. Meanwhile, gleaming new MakerSlide sits on a rack in their warehouse, extruded and anodized but uncut — and our store is empty.

I’m doing two things to work around this: setting up an alternate supplier (long in the works, but these things take time); and re-cutting lengths with defects. I have many pieces of MakerSlide that I rejected because of a single dent or scratch. They can be cut into shorter lengths around the defect — they are otherwise perfectly good. I’m working on cutting MakerSlide for the existing eShapeoko orders, so there may not be a lot left for the store, though. I’ll keep you posted.

One can cut MakerSlide with a chop saw, but it’s hard to get a consistently straight, flat and square cut without spending a lot of money on the saw. I’d rather not do that, but I want an accurate cut with a good finish, so I’m doing it in two steps: I cut it slightly long with a half-decent chop saw, then I face it very precisely with a milling machine I built for this purpose. In true RepRap form, the MakerSlide facing machine is built with MakerSlide. I’ll post some pictures soon — right now I have rail to cut and kits to ship.

MakerSlide Update

Short version: MakerSlide will be delivered to us between 16 and 20 November.

Long version: I’ve been a bit naïve. When I talked to our current supplier of MakerSlide, before I committed to them, they told me that, if they had uncut rail in stock, the turnaround time for an order would be 1–2 weeks. Now I’m told it’s actually 4–6 weeks, and it’s always been that. They were also similarly optimistic about the time it takes to extrude it (2–3 weeks — in reality 6-8 weeks, occasionally more).