eShapeOko and MakerSlide Availability

The new batch of MakerSlide is being manufactured.  It takes a few weeks to extrude, anodize and cut it.  Tentatively, the delivery date has been set to the end of July.  The MakerSlide will go in the store as soon as it arrives.

Currently, MakerSlide is the long lead time component for the eShapeOko kits too.  The kits will be back on sale a few days after MakerSlide arrives.  I have decided not to take pre-orders for this batch of eShapeOko kits, for several reasons:

  • There will be more than enough kits to meet demand, so everybody will get theirs.  It will not make any difference if you pre-order now, or simply order when available again: your kit is still going to ship at the same time.
  • For this batch, I didn’t need the cash from the pre-orders to pay some of the suppliers.  I have already ordered the expensive parts.
  • One of the purposes of pre-ordering was to allow me to gauge demand.  I think I understand it now.
  • I plan to overhaul the store over the next few weeks, possibly starting afresh, with new software.  It would make my life easier if I didn’t have to migrate a lot of open orders to a new store.

I will make a new version of the camera slider at the same time.  Like the MakerSlide, it will be available in 1000 mm, 1400 mm and 2000 mm.