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).
It’s been a long time. The fabricator have received the MakerSlide from the extruder, and will begin cutting it this week. I think they might deliver it to us by the end of next week. All lengths will be back in stock then.
We’re out of stock of the MakerSlide carriage plates (and thus camera sliders). I’m ordering more of those too.
Just received a delivery of 750 mm and 1000 mm MakerSlide from the factory. You’ll see that in stock in the store as I unload it (probably tomorrow night).
I have just invited everyone with a reservation for an eShapeoko kit to place their order. Sorry it took so long.
If you have not received an invitation email, please let me know (comment here, or use the contact form in the store).
For the one or two people who have been kind enough to let me know they no longer needed the machine, I apologize for sending you an invitation too (I had removed your request, but I lost that version of the file).
We’ve caught up! There are no outstanding orders.
It’s time to tidy up the packaging area and collate the eShapeoko reservations.
I stayed up late last night and packed all orders older than about a week; we’re going to finish catching up (including three eShapeoko kits ordered about six weeks ago) tonight and tomorrow night.
We are returning tomorrow and we’ll resume shipping orders. We have a backlog, so please bear with us.
For orders placed until now, we’ll do our best to ship them this week. Orders placed this week will ship next week.
Given the interest I received for the MegaRail 80 and MegaRail Z, I decided to add a few more members to the family of profiles.
Shown from left to right are MegaRail 320 (only partially visible), MegaRail 160, MegaRail 80, MakerSlide (shown for scale), MegaRail 40, MegaRail 20 and MegaRail 10. For simplicity, except for MakerSlide, all profiles are scaled versions of each other. For instance, MegaRail 80 has screw ports that take self-tapping M6 screws; MegaRail 10 takes self-tapping M0.75 screws. MegaRail 80 weighs about 3.3 kg per metre, MegaRail 320 weighs about 53 kg per metre and is available in 2,400 mm, 4,000 mm, 6,000 mm and 8,000 mm lengths (same as MegaRail 80, only scaled up, for simplicity).
Long story short, the 20×40 extrusion did not arrive on time, but, after a very long night, we managed to pack most eShapeoko kits and get them ready for the couriers. I have arranged for someone to be there for the couriers to collect the packages.
If you ordered a size smaller than 1000×1500, your kit is ready and will be collected by UPS, TNT or ParcelForce on Tuesday. I’ll email all of you tracking numbers soon.
If you ordered 1000×1500, I managed to pack only some of those before we had to leave for the airport.
I have just updated the status of the orders in the store. If you got email and your order status is now Complete, your kit will ship on Tuesday. If your order is still Processing, then we’ll ship your kit after we return in two weeks. I’ll email the few people affected to let them know, and to apologize.
Everyone who has reserved a kit should have received an invitation email. If you made a reservation and did not receive anything, please let me know (comment here, or use the store “Contact Us” form).
Please continue to use the reservation form while we fulfill these orders. Once we’re done shipping the outstanding orders, the kits will be available from stock.