Both appear to be made out of laser-cut MDF, and both plan to make the final plans freely available so that anyone could have their own set of parts cut out by their own local hackerspace or services like Ponoko. As you all know I’m a big fan of this open approach to design, so seeing it catch on is very encouraging.
The ShapeOko is a great little machine that appears to be primarily glued together. While its small size is limiting, it also makes it very portable, which I know is one of the things people appreciate about MakerBot’s 3D printers. The project also mentions that this is just one of three designs in development, so I’m very curious to see how those machines differ from this one.
The DIYLILCNC is a larger, older design that the project’s creators are looking to update. They’re also doing an interesting thing with their rewards: they’re letting backers vote for which improvements they’d like to see implemented. I think this is a great idea, and I’m looking forward to seeing which improvements make the cut.
However, what I’m curious about is what you all think of these designs. If you’re here reading this, you’re probably interested in CNC technology, open design, or both, and I’d love to know what you like (and don’t like) about these designs. I ask this because (as I’ve mentioned before) I’m gearing up to launch my own Kickstarter project soon, and I’d love to incorporate your feedback into where I take my own designs.
So: what do you think of these?
Second image by Chris Reilly/Taylor Hokanson/DIYLILCNC