MakerSlide Europe

Making the amazing open source linear bearing system, MakerSlide, available to European builders.

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MakerSlide will soon be available at www.makerslideeurope.com

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**Update: 2m Lengths are available for UK residents please see here for more infomation**

 What is MakerSlide?

MakerSlide Extrusion

 MakerSlide was created by the brilliant designer and open hardware pioneer Barton Dring, and first launched in America with the help of his Kickstarter. The idea was a hit, and instantly found its way into many open source projects. 

MakerSlide is an open source linear bearin system for CNC equipment that is low cost and extremely easy to integrate in any design. More affordable than the commercial systems, yet just as structurally sound and easily implemented, MakerSlide does away with those dodgy

MakerSlide with carriage

homemade slides.  Based on the tried-and-true system of V-groove bearings running on V-rails, MakerSlide integrates the V-rail into a widely used 20×40 mm aluminium extrusion profile, thus offering both linear motion and structural support in one piece. Delrin V-wheels run on the V-rail and stay true to several axes at the same time, creating a firm and sturdy linear bearing. To adjust the tension on the track, a small eccentric spacer is integrated into the axle of one of the V-wheels, making the system easily adjustable and simple to implement.

 

 
What's the aim of this project?

Open Hardware

The goal is to be able to make MakerSlide available for builders, hackers and designers in Europe. MakerSlide extrusion is already available in America and Canada through Inventables, but the cost of international shipping surpasses most hobby budgets. If the funding goal is reached, a UK based manufacturer can do a small production run. Alongside manufacturing the MakerSlide extrusion, we are also going to get some of the MakerSlide accessories made. More on that below, in the rewards section.

Some MakerSlide Creations

The ShapeOko open source CNC Router, designed and developed by Edward Ford, is a simple yet effective design. It relies on the easy integration of MakerSlide to create an affordable router.

For you, current or soon to be ShapeOko owners, the following link shows a few ways this MakerSlide could be used to upgrade your machine (Link to be added at a later date, sorry)ShapeOko Routers

 The 2.x Laser cutter, Bart Dring's second generation laser cutter, makes use of the light weight aspect of MakerSlide, enabling the laser to perform better than some commercial ones.

2.x Laser CutterThe ORD Bot 3D printers are another one of Bart Dring's inventions.  The ORD Bots are simple, perform outstandingly, and look good doing it.

ORD Bots

 

Camera SliderMakerSlide can also be used in other non-CNC projects, here is a simple and low cost camera slider.

 

There will be many more MakerSlide designs hitting the open hardware community, some already in the pipeline. Discussion and development is taking place at both the buildlog.net forum and the ShapeOko forum.

The Rewards

MakerSlide Accessories - For MakerSlide to function, a few accesories are needed.  These include 

Eccentric Spacer

Derlin V-Wheel

Delrin V-wheels and eccentric spacers. To build a working machine, a motor with pulley, belting and idler wheels are also needed. This project hopes to offer part of the V-wheels and the eccentric spacers. The eccentric spacers are used to tension the V-wheels onto the MakerSlide. The  V-wheels consist of an outer Delrin casing (bearing the actual V groove), two ball bearings and three washers, all kept together by a standard M5 bolt. Unfortunately, we will only offer the outer Delrin shell and washers for sale, the main reason for this being the large shipping cost for heavy items such as bearings (the Delrin part is very light). The bearings are relatively common and available in almost all countries at lower prices than what we could supply them for (including shipping around Europe). Please see the FAQs at the bottom of the page for more infomation on the accessories.

We have worked closely with the Inventables store to insure all the other small MakerSlide accesories have reasonable international shipping charges; this means that any other components you might need can be purchased from them. The items they offer that might be of use include the standard carriage plate, pulleys, belts and belt idlers. Please use the following link to view their store Inventables MakerSlide Store.

To keep things simple and the delivery costs low, all MakerSlide will be in one metre lengths. Please also note that the delivery charge is not included in the pledge, and added on later.

Open Source

MakerSlide is part of an open source project started by Bart Dring. We are working with and supporting the original creators of this open source design. In this case Bart earns a portion of each sale for each unit sold. This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Please see the FAQs at the bottom of the page for more detailed information, including delivery.

What are the fund for?

Completing the project

If the goal is reached, I will give the go ahead to the selected manufacturer. For aluminium extrusion to be made, first a die has to be cut for the aluminium to be extruded through. Once the die has being created, production will start and enough extrusion will be produced to honour the rewards. I should be able to keep hold of the die, meaning that if there was enough interest and demand for more, another production run would be possible, at a lower cost.

It should take ~ 3.5 weeks for the production run to be completed after the campaign has finished, and another week for collection and packaging, ready for dispatch. Then the final delivery time will depend on your location.

This means the majority of backers should receive their rewards before the end of October (hopefully, if all goes to plan!)

The future

If this project is successful and there is still demand, I will be able to start a small online shop offering MakerSlide at an even lower price. In the long run, I may also be able to manufacture the mounting plates needed for all of the three main builds, ShapeOko motor and end plates, ORD Bot mounting plates and 2.x Laser Gantry plates.

About the project owner

Me and my ShapeOKo

Hi, I'm Harry, a keen hacker/inventor/designer/engineer... whatever you want to call it! Over the past few years I have built many things, ranging from miniature steam engines to CNC routers. I have become an increasingly more active member of the open source and hacker space community’s, and have many projects I would like to complete (almost all incorporating MakerSlide!).

 

FAQ's

  • What is MakerSlide?

    MakerSlide was created by the brilliant designer and open hardware pioneer Barton Dring, and first launched in America with the help of his Kickstarter. The idea was a hit, and instantly found its way into many open source projects. MakerSlide is an open source linear bearing system for CNC equipment that is low cost and extremely easy to integrate any design. More affordable than the commercial systems yet just as structurally sound and easily implemented, MakerSlide does away with those dodgy homemade slide systems.  Based on the widely used 20x40 extrusion profile, MakerSlide utilises the v groove bearing design in the form of integrated rails and Derlin V-wheels, which stay true to several axes at the same time, creating a firm and sturdy linear bearing. To adjust the tension on the track, a small eccentric spacer is integrated into the axle of one of the v wheels, making it easily adjustable and simple to implement.

    Last updated: 2 years, 2 months ago

  • How do I assemble the Delrin V-Wheels and what extra parts do I need?

    The following link has a step by step set of instructions on assembling the V-Wheels and also a B.O.M including European and Worldwide vendors.

    V-Wheel Instructions.pdf

    Last updated: 2 years, 2 months ago

  • Can I tap MakerSlide? and if so how?

    Yes you can. These instructions over at the ShapeOko wiki are great.

    Tapping MakerSlide

    Last updated: 2 years, 2 months ago

  • What are the Eccentric spacers? and how are they used?

    This is a spacer that has an off center (Eccentric) 5mm hole drilled through it. It is used to tension V wheels against the MakerSlide rails. You can mount them in a 7.14mm (0.281" or 9/32") diameter hole. When you rotate it, it will move the V-wheel mounted to it, allowing you to adjust the tension against the MakerSlide rail. It is 1/4" tall, so this should be matched with equal height spacers on the fixed position wheels.

    The ShapeOko wiki has a good 'tips and tricks' page on installing the eccentric spacer with MakerSlide Here 

    Last updated: 2 years, 2 months ago

  • ShapeOko Upgrades, what are they? and what parts will I need?

    Answer will be very soon, sorry

    Last updated: 2 years, 2 months ago

  • Delivery Information

    The pledges do not include delivery.  The delivery charges are extra.  We considered including an average delivery cost into the rewards, but, because the cost varies wildly depending on destination, that would not have been economical.  It would also have meant that the goal had to be increased by an unknown amount, with the risk of jeopardizing the project. We have tried our best to get the most cost effective shipping methods (this involved many hours of research). The cost of the packaging materials is included in the delivery charge.

    Below is an indication of the delivery charges, depending on the reward claimed.

    • Around Great Britain from £5 to £12
      • Please select the National delivery option
    • Northern Ireland and the Highlands from £18 to £20
      • Please select the International delivery option (This does not cover anywhere other than Northern Ireland and the Highlands, for full international shipping see below or contact me)
    • Europe Group 1 from £20 to £30
      • Includes: Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland, Netherlands, France, Denmark, Germany, Austria, Ireland and Switzerland.
    • Europe Group 2 from £25 to £35
      • Includes: Slovakia, Norway, Hungary, Portugal, Sweden, Italy, Finland, Lithuania, Slovenia, Spain and Czech Republic
    • Europe Group 3 from £36 to £49
      • Includes: Greece, Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia and Romania
    • United States and Canada from £25 to £72
    • Mexico from £37 to £82
    • Australia from £34 to £92
    • South Africa and New Zealand from £40 to £110

    We would be happy to combine shipments if there is a group of people from the same country willing to receive one shipment and distribute it among themselves. This should save on some delivery charges.

    If you have any queries or questions on delivery to your country, please don't hesitate to contact me.

    Last updated: 2 years, 2 months ago

  • The Rewards

    • For £5 you will receive a 5cm slice of MakerSlide, the ideal paper weight.
    • For £12 you will receive 1 metre of MakerSlide
    • For £17 you will receive 8 V-Wheel Shells, 24 Washers and 4 Eccentric Spacers
    • For £22 you will receive 2 metres of MakerSlide
    • For £31 you will receive 16 V-Wheel Shells, 48 Washers and 8 Eccentric Spacers
    • For £38 you will receive 2 metres of MakerSlide, 8 V-Wheel Shells, 24 Washers and 4 Eccentric Spacers
    • For £42 you will receive 4 metres of MakerSlide
    • For £50 you will receive 4 metres of MakerSlide, 4 Delrin V-Wheel shells, 12 washers and 2 Eccentric spacers.
    • For £59 you will receive 6 metres of MakerSlide
    • For £73 you will receive 4 metres of MakerSlide, 16 V-Wheel Shells, 48 Washers and 8 Eccentric Spacers
    • For £96 you will receive 10 metres of MakerSlide
    • For £114 you will receive 12 metres of MakerSlide
    • For £150 you will receive 16 metres of MakerSlide
    • For £186 you will receive 20 metres of MakerSlide

    To keep things simple and the delivery costs low, all MakerSlide will be in one metre lengths.

    Last updated: 2 years, 2 months ago