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Shaper Origin

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I know there some Shaper Origin users on the other site, but I’m not sure how many might be here.

For anyone who might be interested, they’ve got a Black Friday sale going on…and they just released the new firmware file ‘Jenner’…AND their new AutoPass was released today. For those who think I’m speaking French, sorry…to anyone else, show off your Origin creations! Here are just a couple inlays, some engraving and a little precision work I’ve done with mine…

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

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Cool Ryan, like the lizards the best.

Main Street to the Mountains

Thanks! They were pretty cool. They’re part of a vertical wall hanging for a condo in Maui. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Nice pieces, Ryan.  Are you going to pony up for AutoPass?  It looks really cool, but for $200 I doubt I'll go for it.

Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

Rich, I am. Or, I already did, I guess is more accurate. It’s essentially a lifetime purchase and interchangeable to new machines (so they say). I agree it’s overpriced and a standard function on most every other CNC, but Origin is also not like any other CNC. It’s a unique tool and I like supporting stuff like that. I’d feel better if it were $99, but I use mine a lot, and I’ve screwed up progressive depths more than once. For me, is as much about supporting them expanding their product as it is the product itself. A personal choice to be sure, and I wouldn’t argue with anyone who thinks differently. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Mine gets a ton of use for all different types of projects. Here are a few examples but it's only the tip of the iceberg here.

Desk in progress:



Vise chop:



Boxes:



Headphone stand:


Desk Front Plaque: 

Moxon Vise:

Nice projects!! Lots of options with it, I agree. 

I did some test runs with Jenner and auto pass. Pretty damn powerful. Looking forward to working with it more. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

I haven't purchased auto pass yet but probably will eventually. Jenner is good. Depth encoding is key here, I've forgotten to change depth on things more than I would like to admit. I don't mind encoding manually if I have to but F360 plugin does it so I'm happy with that. 
I didn’t know that Fusion would do that. That’s cool. I’ll have to screw around with it. I use Fusion more for svg files for the printer, but I did install the extension so I guess I should use it more. 

I’ve messed up depths on more than one project to be sure. One of them actually pretty much ruined a project. I had too much work into the piece to start over and had to basically cover it up with an inlay. It came out fine and you wouldn’t know it unless you knew what you were looking at, but still. Hopefully the update will prevent that!!

Auto pass runs pretty damn smooth. I didn’t feel the ramping at all and the cuts came out very smooth. I did some overlayed circles at different depths so I could see how the intersecting edges cut. Looked good!

I figure the $200 is my way of supporting their continued R&D and betterment of the whole program they have running over there. I know some folks will scream about it, but that just is what it is. Life’s about choices!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

This new toy arrived today.  I can't wait to dig in.




Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

I'm a developer. Well, I used to develop a lot but now I have people who do must of it. I don't think $200 is outrageous. It might feel like a bit much but knowing what I know about how the tool works and what is involved in the software, they literally had to touch almost everything in order to get auto pass to work correctly. I also know they will be upgrading it next year sometime to include pocket cuts (that's an even harder task). Even box joint basics (which is also an extension) had to be updated to deal with auto pass. It was a ground up deal so I know the code was extensive. The hours had to have been in the thousands or more. I think they would probably sell more with a lower price but I'm not fluent with how many machines have been sold or other demographics/marketing data so maybe $200 was the price for good reason. 

It was a huge project, no doubt. For the people that think it should be free then Shaper Tools won't be around long if they did that. It's not like people buy new tools annually like cell phones. Also, cell phones are a commodity, literally everyone on the planet is a potential customer. Not so for the Origin. 

Like I said, I'm sure I will end up with it but I just haven't spent the cash yet. 
Not sure how to quote someone specific on here but CONGRATS Rich. I've used mine several times so far. All of the ebony pegs in that desk were done with plate. I think you'll enjoy it. 

I'm a developer. Well, I used to develop a lot but now I have people who do must of it. I don't think $200 is outrageous. 

I agree.  At least it's not a subscription.  I don't think it's outrageous at all, but I think it's outside what I'll pay for convenience.

It is awfully cool though. 

Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

I agree.  At least it's not a subscription.

That’s how I feel about Studio. I just wouldn’t use it enough to justify it as a subscription, especially with how easy it is to snap
A shot of damn near anything and make line cuts, but I’d be willing to pay for it as a product. Don’t need more subscriptions!

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Shaper Plate looks pretty cool too. I’m wondering how it would work with odd sized projects?

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

This new toy arrived today.  I can't wait to dig in.
hmmm,  couldn't you just glue some dominoes to a board  sheesh...  :)

I wish I had one (in a way).  I would have liked to do inlays in floors (think entry ways) but getting ready to retire and too old to get up and down on my knees.  Not ready to learn something new, at least right now,   but amazed with what they can do.

Figuring out how to do something you have never done is what makes a good challenge.

Bently, with your graphics skills, you'd be up and running in no time.  

Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

Yes, you can just stick the domino tape to a board…it’s a great way to do it. Honestly, the learning curve is really low. I hand draw shapes, snap a pic, use and online converter to make it an svg, drop it onto the hub online and it automatically syncs to the device. Takes longer to type it out than to do it…almost. And the machine does damn near all the work anyway…just paint by numbers. Offers a pretty significant expanded skill set with .001 accuracy, and minimal effort. IMO, it’s one of the best purchases I’ve made for the shop. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Well, I got lucky Ryan, Shawn Kirsch from Shaper Tools was handing out free Autopass codes randomly by spinning the names on a wheel. I was helping to maintain the list for him which I've been doing for about a week maybe a minute or two a day worth of work literally, and he just sent me a free code  so I have auto pass on my origin now. I have my FIL coming over tonight to work on a project together so it won't get used tonight but I'll use it this week for sure. 

I'm excited to try it. 
Wow that’s awesome! Cool for you! I’ve only done some test work with it, but I like how it works. I feel like it could potentially open the tool up to 3D carving. I know it would require a lot of additional code, but ramping is part of it basically. 

Ryan/// ~sigh~ I blew up another bowl. Moke told me "I made the inside bigger than the outside".

Secret Santa for a co-worker. Ebony magnet with 1/4” acrylic inlay. I cut the letters as a mirror image on the back of the acrylic and then filled the engraving with gloss white enamel, then flipped it over and glued it into the Ebony which I pocketed using the new AutoPass feature of Shaper Origin. Normally this would have been 3 days of cutting with my available shop time, but instead it was only 2 days (more like 1 day and a little extra).

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