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All Shapeoko Batch 1 Preorders Have Shipped!

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As of December 21st 2013, the first 495 Shapeoko 2 preorders have shipped out!

It took some effort, but we got them all out. To paraphrase Tom Cargill's Ninety-Ninety rule, the first 90% of a large shipping job accounts for 90% of the work. The second 90% account for the other 90%.

Huge props to our warehouse team for getting everything assembled, packaged and out on the target date. Our crack team of specialists stayed late into the night to make sure every order was taken care of.

As proof, we'd like to offer this photo of the pallets that all the Shapeoko 2's came in on. Now they're empty and stacked, awaiting repurposing. That's a photo of a job well done.


In related news, we've worked out some of the small hiccups that arose during the first batch, and are totally on target to nail our January shipping date for the second batch orders. Watch this space for updates as we move along.

The Chicago Children's Museum Tinkering Lab is looking for volunteers

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For our readers in the Chicago area, we'd like to pass along this call for volunteers at the Chicago Children's Museum Tinkering Lab. If you're interested in volunteering, please get in touch with Sarah at the museum: SarahG@chicagochildrensmuseum.org


Details:

Thank you for your interest in the Tinkering Lab exhibit at Chicago Children's Museum!

We are currently looking for individuals who would like to get involved with Tinkering Lab through volunteering. This is a great way to lend a hand and begin your collaboration with the museum and the exhibit.

As a Tinkering Lab volunteer you will work side by side in the exhibit with museum staff to encourage visitors to tinker, design, build and test and also to assist visitors using a variety of tools. It is our hope that volunteers will also share their knowledge and passion with our visitors. You will be assigned to work at the Tool Bar, helping visitors use a variety of tools and you will also help lead drop-in programs, such…

Shapeoko 2 Behind The Scenes - Ahead of Schedule!

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Shapeoko 2 production is ahead of schedule!  
Today I'm going to give you a detailed update.  We promised the first 495 kits to ship by December 21st and 496 to 1500 to ship by January 19th.  We have some good news that we'll share today in this blog post.  As we saw all the boxes on the pallets and everyone in our warehouse rushing around we thought; let's take a moment to reflect. How did we get here?  

A few years ago in a little garage in Dixon, IL, Edward Ford had an idea to make a low cost CNC Milling machine that anyone could build.  Years of experimentation and prototypes led to a Kickstarter campaign with a modest goal of $1500.


Overwhelmed by the outpouring of support for his dream Edward cleared out his garage and delivered each person a CNC kit.  It was a blessing and a curse because his dream of having some beers with friends and playing around with a CNC machine turned into a factory at his house.
Worn out from this experience but excited about the potential…