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    Happy Birthday JP!

    Happy Birthday, Nums! Don't be such a stranger.
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    Happy Birthday Alex (screaming oranges)

    Happy Birthday!
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    AudioByte Hydra Vox dac

    One might sense from the fact that you are the only one posting in this thread that there's little interest in this discussion. If anyone is curious, they can PM me to re-open the topic.
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    Good reminder, I need to go stir/shake mine.
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    And now what did you do TODAY?

    Started the day helping some neighbors build a work-around for a trail that an asshole neighbor decided to block despite it being a right-of-way. My buddy Jim got busy after I left and got the whole thing decked. So I got busy and made a sign for the new trail.
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    Tidal v. Qobuz?

    Throw me into the mix for one of these to run the CNC or serve as a music server.
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    Happy Birthday, Chris!

    Happy Birthday!
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    What Are You Building Today

    For drinking, of course.
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    What Are You Building Today

    Attempting mass production.
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    What Are You Building Today

    Working on a prototype tonight...
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    WiFi Router Upgrade

    Knucks, if I can find it, I think I have one of those Airport Extremes kicking around and if so, you're welcome to it for free.
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    #noexcuses Went high brow for the booze cause HC.
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    Actually had a reminder in my fricken calendar and still boned starting this on time. Will plan a trip to the liquor store tomorrow.
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    HC Bike/Cycling Thread

    Good luck!
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    And now what did you do TODAY?

    This. Stay safe.
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    What Are You Building Today

    I'll certainly share them. I can't quite tell if I've got a persistent z-axis issue or not. It seems to do some weird things every once in a while where it plunges to a different depth than it finishes but I haven't really taken the proper time to troubleshoot it. It's essentially doing what I ask if it right now but there's no freakin' way that it could do metal as-configured. The z-axis is not rigid enough and can't develop enough down pressure to hold position. I think the first upgrade I'm likely to make is the HDZ option. Today's handiwork, which Andrew requested so that we could have a gravestone outside for Thursday. It's pretty fun to be able to whip something up like this and have it cut out in less than an hour.
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    What Are You Building Today

    Yes, there were definitely reasons. 1. The Shapeoko is, in many ways, an evolutionary step forward from the X-carve. They started as the same company and split somewhere after their initial few designs. Its chassis is supposed to be more rigid and with add ons like the HDZ it can be even more capable. 2. I don't like that the X-carve software requires a network connection. That said, I think their software might be slightly more capable than Carbide's but you can use the X-carve software to generate g-code that the Shapeoko can read so if push comes to shove I'll do that. It's mostly related to inlay work, which I'd like to try at some point but I'm not there yet. 3. I was lucky enough to find a new in box Shapeoko XXL for sale locally for about 40% off, basically the cost of the smallest one. It was too good a deal to pass up. The main board toasted itself within the first few weeks and while Carbide wouldn't warranty it, they did sell me one at cost which was nice of them. I don't think there's a bad choice as both are really capable when used within their limits. Both can be significantly upgraded and appear to have similar community and commercial support. If I continue to have as much fun as I am I can see myself building my own machine at some point. I don't need the entire size of the XXL and think a ball screw or linear bearing based machine with way more rigidity would be sweet with a cutting area of maybe 20" x 20" or so. Trying not to give that much thought at this point...
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    What Are You Building Today

    It was just a cheap strip brush I found on Amazon. It's 3' long and I figure I might need 12" so I can just send you the rest when I'm done if you want to try it. I'm going to try to get it all put together this weekend. I'd hope to get the laser at least partially hooked up and aligned today but actual work was working against me. Goddamnit I hate it when it does that.
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    What Are You Building Today

    Gained access to a decent 3D printer and may be going down a rabbit hole. First project, parts for the Shapeoko to help manage dust. I've already printed the lower section as well and have the brush section arriving from Amazon tomorrow.
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    Happy Birthday Marc!!

    Happy Birthday!
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    What Are You Building Today

    Yeah it is. I think I had the machine running for 6 hours or so today. Thank god I don't have the rigidity to really consider cutting metal. Yet.
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    What Are You Building Today

    Decided to have a little fun this weekend, work on the sign project, and cheer up a coworker who was having a rough time last week. Zero Fox coaster Trash Can trail sign I guess the next logical thing to do is work on a d-_-b coaster, right?
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    Happy Birthday Dusty

    Happy Birthday!
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    Happy birthday Iain!

    Happy Birthday!!