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Shaper Origin - a handheld CNC wood-cutting router - lower-price preorder starts today $1500+

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Basically this thing is a wood-cutting router that has a camera attached. You move it around on the board (or whatever) you're cutting and its CNC motors correct your movements so the cuts come out straight.

DiResta did a little demo video of it today...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R3ahfDFHo3g

Here's the website...
https://preorder.shapertools.com/ [shapertools.com]

Main cons...
Quite expensive
Isn't expected to ship until September of 17 (more than 1 year from now)
I have my doubts about how accurate it will actually be
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Got the email as well. Would like one but will wait till there are others on the market. And also with a bigger router in it. The prototype used a dewalt mini router. The one now looks like a custom china made unit. But still will wait for one that will hold a standard size router.
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Got the email as well. Would like one but will wait till there are others on the market. And also with a bigger router in it. The prototype used a dewalt mini router. The one now looks like a custom china made unit. But still will wait for one that will hold a standard size router.
Good call on the new router. Looks a little chintzy. :/
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Looks really cool, but I think Ill wait until release to see how it actually performs. I've been burned a few times on these pre-releases over promising and under delivering. Looks like a great alternative to a full CNC Router table though.
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Interesting concept, but $1500 is crazy for a hand tool. A high end Saw Stop or Bosch Reaxx costs that much. A low end CNC setup with small steppers can be had for around the same.
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I feel bad for whoever has invested in this :S
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you mean you have to use your hands? that's like a baby toy!
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For the work I'll do this thing will be a real timesaver! I can get rid of more than half the jigs I've been using. I ordered it and they have a referral link for a buyer to get an additional $100 off (both the buyer and I). https://preorder.shapertools.com/ref/HHCMAB86V
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Interesting concept, but $1500 is crazy for a hand tool. A high end Saw Stop or Bosch Reaxx costs that much. A low end CNC setup with small steppers can be had for around the same.
But you're limited by the size of your CNC - If you haven't read more about the Shaper's features you really should. Here's a $100 off promo code if you change your mind. https://preorder.shapertools.com/ref/60JG1THYE
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This is ridiculous.. a Full CNC would cost this much if you diy, which most carpenter enthusiasts wouldn't mind doing, and it'd be Way More Repeatable.
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This is ridiculous.. a Full CNC would cost this much if you diy, which most carpenter enthusiasts wouldn't mind doing, and it'd be Way More Repeatable.
You can't bring a full CNC to the workpiece.
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You can't bring a full CNC to the workpiece.
The cnc does everything for you.

And this kit is doubly silly, because it really only works on already Flat surfaces.

A CNC table can true up any surface for you, ONTOP of working directly on any raw piece of wood

The CNC can also cut in the Z axis.. it can carve out in 3d..


This machine at $1500 is extremely limited in what it can do relative to a diy cnc table..
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The cnc does everything for you.

And this kit is doubly stupid, because it really only works on already Flat surfaces.

A CNC table can true up any surface for you, ONTOP of working directly on any raw piece of wood

The CNC can also cut in the Z axis.. it can carve out in 3d..


This machine at $1500 is extremely limited in what it can do relative to a diy cnc table..
What do you do if the piece you are working on doesn't fit on your CNCs table?
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What do you do if the piece you are working on doesn't fit on your CNCs table?

You can diy a large cnc table 4 by 8 within ~$2000.. With a Full 3 killowatt VFD spindle..

That's not much more than what this camera router costs, and will do so much more.

1500 might get as big as 3 by 6.

The difference is for the larger table, you're going to need higher precision linear rails, whereas the smaller tables, you might not need them, or could use cheaper alternatives.

I'm not trying to be a dick.. But this camera router is just not the way to go if you're going to spend this much money..


The system they have should be a $200 accessory as a bolt on to any router TOPS.. You are NOT getting $1500 worth of wood working value here.


Just an example.. I can think of a $200 solution right ontop of my head that would do exactly what this $1500 camera router would do.


Just buy a pico projector, or a real projector, they're cheap nowadays for within $300 used..

Then project the lines onto your workpiece.. Trace it out with pencil.. Mount a go pro and phone to your router, and you've got EXACTLY what this thing does, for WAY cheaper.


WTF were these guys thinking.
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And yet still, you can't bring your $2000 CNC to the workpiece but must bring the workpiece to your $2000 CNC.
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