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moshel

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06-28-2013 11:48 PM

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1320575205/handibottm-a-smart-digital-power-tool

i think this is actually going to be popular – seems like a good idea. and they seem to think things through. must have a woodworker there…

Disclaimer – i do not know them, and my only involvement with this project or company is backing them up for a tee-shirt

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...


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#1 posted 06-29-2013 01:43 AM

Nifty. :)
Looks like it’s going to easily meet it’s goal too.

-- He who dies with the most tools... dies with the emptiest wallet.

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#2 posted 06-29-2013 02:28 AM

Neat

-- Jerry Nettrour, San Antonio, www.topqualitycabinets.net

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#3 posted 06-29-2013 04:35 AM

That’s really something.

-- All glory comes from daring to begin.

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#4 posted 06-29-2013 06:00 AM

I like the idea just wish the price was a lot lower, though it’s on par with a lot of the dyi cnc kits.

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#5 posted 06-29-2013 06:25 AM

i agree about the price. for a 1000$ i would be standing in line today to buy it… having said this, the cnc motors and rods and bearings and controllers all have their costs i suppose. and i think based on the shopbot reputation they did not go for low quality stuff.

i liked the idea of using indexed runners, a little like the mafell DD40 to extend the size and area it can work on (I think thats what they do, still not much video footage). also i liked the use of “applications” for simple tasks like cutting holes and cutting plugs. this can be a real lifesaver….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#6 posted 06-29-2013 04:50 PM

A year or so back I saw something about college students
inventing this concept.

I’ll point out that it is probably useless for fast line boring or
cutting out cabinet parts, which are the main things
wood shops with CNC machines usually do with them.

-- http://lawoodworking.com

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#7 posted 06-29-2013 10:44 PM

found more videos of this doing cool stuff : http://www.handibot.com/video_scrapbook.html

it looks like they have made the indexing depending on a subframe. I would think it would be better to have indexing “pins” on the machine itself to save on awkwardness and get more precision

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#8 posted 06-30-2013 01:46 AM

I have been watching this field for years. I decided to take the plunge. I went with the $2700 option. Who knows, it may turn out to be a bust. At least it is a start. I will let you know what I think in September – October.

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#9 posted 06-30-2013 01:54 AM

I am almost sure you did good, although price wise it would probably go down somewhat. and i am green with envy…. you might be the best equipped woodworker around….

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#10 posted 07-14-2013 11:17 PM

we just picked up a Handibot yesterday from Shopbot we got one early as we design and sell model patterns and other downloadable content for CNC tools and we are going to create loads of cool apps jigs and patterns for the Handibot over the coming months and years and at first glance I can tell you they built this tool tough. When you see one in person you can understand the price… it can mill aluminum..The power of this tool will be in its jigs apps and patterns . Personally i think this tool is the real start of a CNC robot in every home shop and in the back of the pickup … one person i spoke with has already told me he is going to start a business with one putting Hardwood inlay into decks…this could only be done cost effectively with a tool like this…. i cant wait to see what other people come up with for it…. the most amazing thing with it is its tough and portable. makeCNC.com is independent of Shopbot and we have no affiliation other than we like and use their tools

-- Paul Campbell www.makecnc.com

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#11 posted 07-15-2013 02:01 AM

Ah, lucky you!
if you can post videos of it being used it would be great… actually, you can make decks with beautiful flower carving easily (would take some time but its not as you have to watch over it) – even on old decks.

-- The woods are lovely, dark and deep, but I have promises to keep...

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#12 posted 08-04-2013 01:56 AM

Very cool, the Jetson’s would have been impressed.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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