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    Talking Out of The Blue.........

    At the end of June, I got an e-mail from the fellow at Geetech, the company that makes the iCarver machine I got last year, the 3D carving machine, I was expecting them to come to Tokyo in September for the big DIY show this year. I had volunteered to help out, maybe do some turning on a lathe for them etc, and help them showcase the new and improved iCarver they have been working on. The contents of the e-mail were not what I expected at all, instead, they have decided to NOT come for the DIY show, and they are still working on the 2nd Generation iCarver, they have decided to make sure the everything is really right with the machine before they offer it up for sale, I think we can all remember the various issues that "CarveWright" had (and I do not wish to get into a discussion on that machine here). part of their plan for making sure things are right with their iCarver is extensive "Beta" testing, the e-mail went like this.........

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    Hi Stuart, I hope you and your family are well.
    We would like to send you a 2nd Generation iCarver sample for field test, please let me know your thoughts.
    ********


    My thoughts........

    Well they went something like this......

    ......

    (Vaughn, I borrowed your "Happy Dance" gif)


    I got the 2nd Gen iCarver on Friday, all I had time to do with it then was to uncrate it and put it in the Dungeon for safe keeping!

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    More later!
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    You lucky dawg! I'll be very interested to see what results you get from this one.

    Do you know their expected price point when it does hit the market?
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    Thanks, I feel lucky!

    I do not know, but I've been told that they are looking at three levels of product, the one I have would be the mid range, they are also looking at a scaled down version, similar to the carve wright, and a premium edition as well. I also hear that down the road, who knows exactly when that would be, that a 4th axis machine could be in the works

    I was able to play with it just a bit more today, between working at the Aparto and the L shop, I see that there are T-tracks in the surface of the table top, I want to make some sort of hold down, as the long bar hold down thing they have now flexes too much for my liking.

    This should be fun, now I need to get the other one out the door, I have a friend who is going to inherit it
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    Lucky duck! That looks like a big improvement over the earlier model. Please - keep us updated on the fun! I'll be really interested to see how it performs!

    Wes

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    Ahem,
    stealth gloat no longer, eh? Congrats!
    -Ned

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    What is that old saying about those who step in, um.. something and come out smelling like a rose?

    Nice gloat and nicer machine. Can't wait to see what it can do.
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    Very nice. I take it they know the size of the dungeon door to make sure it fits?

    So how fast is the cutting speed (ipm inches-per-minute or is that cmpm)?
    Darren

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    Here, I got this hot off the presses...........

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    The pice of black plastic is about 10cm x 10cm, (4"x4") just to give you an idea. That took 132 minutes to complete.

    The mark on the top is from the piece moving when it was first cut, the hold down, as I said, is not great.

    Cheers!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Darren Wright View Post
    Very nice. I take it they know the size of the dungeon door to make sure it fits?

    So how fast is the cutting speed (ipm inches-per-minute or is that cmpm)?
    The feed rate can be set with the software.
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Stu, excellent, good for you. They have found a great user/quality control person for their product.

    Rennie, my thoughts exactly and was going to state it but you had!
    Jon

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