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Kicking off MakerMade’s Improved Support

Almost exactly 6 months from the day the company was founded, MakerMade is moving faster than ever.  It’s been an amazing ride, and the whole way, readers and supporters like YOU have helped us improve every day- keeping us honest, providing great feedback and more. One thing we’ve heard on repeat is, “the kit is awesome, but we need more, more, more support!”  Well, we hear you, loud and clear.  That’s why this month, we’re making a huge effort to address the biggest questions we get back on a regular basis.  With a readily-accessible, robust source of help videos, we truly believe ANYONE is capable of mastering the Maslow CNC. To kick this off, we want to share our first how-to video here, which answers one big, recurring question: how can I rotate my project so it makes better use of the work surface? Well, fret no more!  We’ve got you covered.  Just click the link HERE for a very brief demo inside MakerCam for how you can easily do this for any project you’re working on.  Have comments on how we can improve or questions you’d like to see answered?  Share away, in the comments below. As always, MakerMade

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Behind the Scenes at Our CNC Motor Factory!

If you didn’t know, the team here at MakerMade is pretty serious about ensuring the consistent quality and ongoing improvement of all our parts and kits.  This month, Patrick (Co-Founder) and TJ (Operations Manager and general “Sourcing Wizard”) got the chance to meet with our CNC motor factory in Shenzhen, China. With Maker’s dedicated office just down the street and TJ at the helm, it was a quick ride over to the factory to see how the motors, which are at the heart of the Maslow kit, come to life.The factory team was incredibly welcoming, with Charles (lead motor engineer) and Angela (our sales representative) giving us a full tour of the production facility to see how the motors are made. While some key internal components are sourced from specialty suppliers across the globe, others, like the gears, are custom-milled on-site.  It is seriously impressive to see these enormous machines and several workers bring such intricate components to life! After reviewing production, we spent the next few hours with Charles and Angela combing through current motor designs, discussing ways to address the thoughts, requests, and insights we get from our customers every day: speed, torque, size, design, weight – all

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Maslow Assembly Guide

We’re proud to announce the newest version of our assembly guide! We’ve received great feedback on the detail and accuracy of this guide and are so pleased to share it with you. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD THE MASLOW ASSEMBLY GUIDE If you would like to see a walkthrough of each step of the assembly, you can read our My Maker Made Adventure blog posts. If you get stuck or need some help, we encourage you to join our Owner’s Group on Facebook as well as visit the Maslow Forums. Both of these communities are extremely knowledgeable and always eager to help new users. If you can’t find an answer on the forum and or just want to reach us directly, send us an email at or send us a message on our Facebook Page.

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What Comes in Your Maslow CNC Kit from MakerMade

You have seen the tool in action and you might’ve seen the components that come in the box.  But how do those components work together to make the awesome projects you see from makers around the world?  The following video should help those new to the product learn a little more about how the Maslow CNC kit comes together to create this amazing tool. What other questions do you have about that kit that we can answer?  Place your comments below!

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Choosing the Best Router Bit for Your CNC Project

When it comes to successful CNC cutting, choosing the best router bit for your project is similar to choosing the best tires to put on a car.  There are situations when summer tread will work great, but you’d never want to get stuck in a blizzard with them on.  For a sportscar, you might upgrade to a high-performance tire, but that would be overboard if you’re just hauling lumber in the back of a truck. The same thing applies to choosing the right router bits- what you’re planning to do with them tells you everything about which ones you’ll need.  To make sure you’re choosing the best router bit for your project (and not buying race tires for boulevard cruising), we’ve created a handy, easy-to-follow table of bit types, and a short description of each:   Downcut Spiral Bits are best used for thinner materials, or when a high-quality cut finish is required on the top surface of cut parts.  The trade-off for this cleaner cut is that waste material (sawdust, etc) is pushed down into the machine bed rather than being lifted out, the way it is with an upcut spiral. Downward spiral tools often require reduced cutting speeds because

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John’s Killer CNC Punisher Logo

There’s no question about it, one of John’s first projects on the Maker CNC kit is a hit, and took just 45 minutes to cut!  As a retired Air Force veteran, John started woodworking 2 years ago.  Now that he’s creating custom works like this one for sale, the MakerMade CNC kit seems to fit the bill for his production needs. Here’s John’s own words about the project: “I used common ¾” plywood with a .25in end mill bit. I painted the item white then burned around the edges.” “It took about 45 min. to cut. I had the pattern already and just needed to scale it up.” Regarding the his CNC frame layout- “I built the ‘bolt together frame’ and put it on wheels. As you can see in the enclosed photos space in my shop is limited so I am able to easily move it when needed. I was able to position the cut in the corner of my material keeping wasted material at a minimum.” John was even kind enough to include the finished gCode file, which you can download HERE in our totally free drive of ready-t0-go projects.  Look for “DECOR Punisher.gcode“ To follow what John is

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Jared’s Customer Shelving Project

One of our fantastic content creators, Jared, recently received a custom order at his business, which demanded him to be creative and out-of-the-box, which he succeeded at. When asked to make a mountain-shaped shelf for rock collection that currently held close to 50 rocks, with some as large as 4”, he knew he needed to be innovative about the shelf’s design. After some creative design work, Jared and the customer decided on the look that you see below: He started with a 1/8in up-spiral bit (making good use of a collet reducer on his router) but had to make the change to a 1/8in compression bit for a cleaner cut edge. After beginning his project, he had problems cutting on a 4×8 sheet, so he improvised and cut it in half to make two 4×4 sheets. Then, he added a border to his machine to give it more stability while cutting near the edge of the piece: To really perfect the accuracy across so many matching components, he added a 12-foot top beam and moved it up to 2-feet from the top of the work surface, which allowed the sled more stability across the surface.  In the end, the shelf

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