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Blog series by Rich updated 11-16-2020 09:12 PM 4 parts 2500 reads 15 comments total

Part 1: Intro

10-21-2020 03:53 AM by Rich | 1 comment »

The Shaper Origin topic originated in this thread. I was encouraged early on to make it a blog, and now I think it’s time to follow that advice. I have possession of a Shaper Origin. I didn’t have to spend the $2499, but in return I’m tasked with making it appealing to a wide market. If you’re not familiar with the Shaper, check out their web site. This is an open discussion of topics related to the Shaper Origin. Feel free to chime in.

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Part 2: Making a Sector

10-21-2020 03:54 AM by Rich | 6 comments »

There is also a forum thread going on about the Shaper Origin. This post refers to the sector. It was invented by Galileo and has been used by astronomers, navigators and craftsmen throughout the centuries. Back before the days of calculators and online references, non-numerical solutions were the rule. Think slide rule. I have ballistic charts from the 19th century that they used to calculate trajectories—all with a ruler and a set of lines. The sector is similar. The classics h...

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Part 3: The Shaper Workstation arrived

10-30-2020 10:26 PM by Rich | 0 comments »

There is also a forum thread going on about the Shaper Origin. Apparently the November ship date I mentioned over in the forum thread was referencing the second round of shipments. I received mine today. First impression is that it’s beautifully constructed, but much smaller than I had anticipated. I knew from the dimensions in the specification that it was smaller than my DIY version. I’ll post some photos as I go along.

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Part 4: Onboard Design Example

11-16-2020 09:12 PM by Rich | 8 comments »

The Shaper Origin has a useful onscreen design mode to create basic shapes. It also has capability to support extensions, such as onscreen design of box joints and text. I’m sure more extensions will be coming along in the future. This a simple example of drawing a bow tie shape that will allow cutting of both the insert, and cutting an opening for it on the surface of whatever you wish to insert it into. A few things you’ll notice. When cutting the opening for the insert...

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