Calibration and Ship Prep

Terence here, with an update on our progress towards shipping, as well as our continuing work on studying the effect of calibration and accuracy tuning.

Laser cut crate, first article.

Laser cut crate, first article.

We've received our first article crates back from our laser cutter.  For the most part we are really happy with the fit and finish, but we're going to make a few additional tweaks.  Specifically we are going to add a cross brace to retain the heated build platform.  (The glass is already removed from shipping configuration, separately packed in its own foam-lined box on the top of the crate):

Glass, packaged in it's own foam and cardboard box

Glass, packaged in it's own foam and cardboard box

Here's the overall printer, crated for transport.  We use additional corner protectors meant for pallet shipping to reinforce the shipping box.  Should be nice and sturdy for shipping:

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On the accurization front, we've been laser cutting laser cut shims to increase our test base of fixed machines.  We are still dialing in the laser cutting process, there is a lot of ash when laser cutting these shim stocks, and we need to add an ultrasonic cleaning step to make the parts more usable after they are laser cut:

That's about it for this update.  We hope to start shipping the prebuilt machines in about 2 weeks.

-=- Terence