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Featured Project: 3D Carving a wooden sign with precise text alignment by The Drunken Woodworker

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Let's talk about Kerning. What's kerning, you ask? This:

The spacing between letters is one of those things that you never notice if it's perfect, but will infuriate you if it's wrong. This XCKD comic further illustrates:


On a computer, it's easy to line letters up properly. But if you want to 3D carve some loose letters and make a wooden sign that will last the ages, it's a bit more difficult.
Luckily, David Picciuto aka The Drunken Woodworker has come to the rescue. In this project, David explains a simple technique that allows you to line up lettering perfectly, every single time. Want to know the secret? Check out the project page and be enlightened (and properly aligned).


Check out David's blog and Youtube channel for tons of great projects (and beer recommendations).

Inventables started shipping X-Carve early!

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We're proud to announce we started shipping X-Carve machines today, about a week earlier than expected!

That's a picture of the first X-Carve about to head off into the world! 

We are now shipping out X-Carve orders chronologically by order date, and our goal is to have every pre-ordered X-Carve shipped as soon as possible. If we run into any unexpected issues that might prevent us from hitting our goal, we will do our best to keep everyone informed on the status of their order. 

How did this all come together so quickly? Short answer: it takes a village. Our previous blog posts (1, 2) have highlighted a few steps in the process. This post outlines the last part of the story. 

Once all components arrived in our warehouse and were inspected, the team began combining the individual components into X-Carve modules. This big board in the X-Carve area lists all the modules and keeps track of our production targets for the day:


In the module kitting area, team members like Scott count,…

X-Carve Z-Axis Height

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We've been getting a few questions about the max thickness the X-Carve can work with out of the box.  This is a bit of a complicated question because it depends on the length of the bit you are using, the type of spindle you have, and the thickness of the material.  Here are the stats:

X-Carve Shipping Update #2

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We have some good news to report!  As of today, April 6th, 2015 we are on track to start shipping out X-Carve orders by April 30th! Please note, however, that doesn’t necessarily mean that every order will ship on the 30th.  When we start shipping, we will ship as many as we can per day until all orders are fulfilled.  Orders will ship in the order in which they were received.  
As we continue to prep for shipping X-Carves, we thought it might be nice to give you a behind the scenes look at the process we’ve been setting up. We’ve implemented some new systems to make sure everything is done efficiently and accurately.  Everything is starting to come together.