A lot has been going on for us in the past couple of months! We attended the Bay Area Maker Faire in May and had a great time. We ran demos of a wax ring casting on our new Beagle Bone Black setup for pretty much both days straight. We had some family join us and our friend Gary came to help us answer questions at the booth.
We are moving forward with a real prototype of a Beagle Bone Black cape which could enable us to release the machine with encoders on all axes. We are also doing one final run of updated hardware on the machine, which we are calling Beta 2.0. Once the boards and the hardware are done, we will do one last round of testing on the machine before launching a Kickstarter campaign(still aiming for fall).
Another exciting piece of news for us is that we have ordered a Haas mill that will be delivered in July. This will be the machine we use to produce our Kickstarter orders as well as machine the Beta 2.0. It will be a huge asset to be able to prototype our work in house.
Below is a picture of the Beagle Bone Black running LinuxCNC that we showed at Maker Faire. We have been seeing great results testing our machine with this setup and we are really excited about all of the opportunities it allows for us to increase our functionality and usability. Big thanks to Duane who has put in many hours to help us get rolling on it!