I was lucky I guess. I delayed my delivery a year as I where workling in Saudi Arabia after I first ordered the bot. So I delayed it until I came back to the UK and I also upgraded the order to everything but the LCD touch screen. So my timing was perfect. ( for once ).
The eshapeoko looks like a lot of do for ther dosh. I'm not a friend of the gravity "mounted" Y axis as I don't want a lot of moving mass, hence tthe low wheight spindles of mine.
Sad to say, I only use my bot "half time" as it's in my garage - no heat... So during the 'orrible English Channel chilly ( mostly wet ) season, it's to cold to be out in the garage for hours.
But I was out in the garage today and haf the first cigar in the garage for this yesar ( more to come ).
The immediate project to start the building season is a 4GHz sampling scope frontend for less than 50 Pounds. That will bring a new life to my chink 25 MHz ols scope. I start the garage sessions at or just after the 16th. Thats when Analig Devices claim I'll get the parts I ordered.
I need to find out something clever to let the bot start paying back some invested money this year. A decent sampling scope box might be possible to sell as a kit. Who knows...
On Sun, 7 Apr 2013 23:43:51 +0200
> Hi Dan! (I've completely disappeared since our last email, pretty busy
> here), and hi to everybody! ;).
> Sad? I don't want to tell you how I felt last week when I was thinking in
> ordering an eShapeOko
> <http://makerslideeurope.com/eshapeoko-kits.html>kit, not just because
> is the only thing that I can afford now, but also
> because I was thinking that it would be nice to have the micRo here. It's
> so disgusting for me to think that I've to buy another cnc machine knowing
> that I already have bought one, but never received it, even the parts for
> trying to build it up by myself ...
> Or the funny view of this story, I consider myself an owner of a fantastic
> ghost micRo that can machine fantastic ghost pieces and ghost PCB's for
> ghost projects, that in the end I materialize sending them to the ghost to
> messy real world transformation factories located in China that deliver
> them to me as a reasonable price in one month. Is so sad to send things to
> China when I should be able to do it in house!
> Mate, I feel more than sad :(
> All the best, beth.
> On 6 April 2013 16:04, Dan Andersson <dan@...> wrote:
> > **
> > The Chinese made stuff we are drowning in, are made on order by US and
> > Euro companies. The quality of the stuff delivered are "ordered" and paid
> > for. No more but no less.
> > I've seen stuff where the customer ordered high grade steel parts and a
> > high accuracy assembly with all parts on the BOM with high quality.
> > It costed almost as much as an US or Euro made machine after the delivery
> > from China was paid.
> > Look who sent people up in Space lately, Russia and China.
> > If I had to choose between Russian and Chinese stuff, my bet are on the
> > Chinese.
> > So be careful! When the "sell as cheap as possible" products are gone and
> > we require proper stuff, The Chinese will come out for a kill!
> > They have such an enormous domestic market to swallow all of what they
> > produce. This allows them to invest in machiner we can only dream about.
> > If you pay for quality and also pay for quality control, you do get
> > exactly what you pay for from the Chinese.
> > So sad...
> > //danand