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duerig
    @hybotics Also, make sure that you send me files for all three decks. The expensive factor is shipping. And shipping three plates is the same price as shipping two. So it would be best to ship all three at once and if they work not have to ship twice.
    duerig
      @hybotics If you don't have a bit of extra clearance, it will be extremely tight even if my tolerances are spot on. And if my tolerances are off by even a tiny amount to make the hole too small, the screw won't go through at all.
      duerig
        @hybotics I imported your files and they look good. Before I cut, you should verify that the diameter on all of your holes includes clearance. If you have a hole that an M5 screw needs to go into, it should be 5.7. Or m3 should be 3.5. Etc.
        duerig
          @hybotics ok. I will take a look at it tonight. Pm me the address you want it shipped to as well.
          duerig
            @hybotics Just send me one of the import formats listed here: https://cad.onshape.com/help/Content/translation.htm Then I can convert the face to a dxf easily.
            duerig
              @hybotics STL files are not the best format for 2d plates. It is all triangles with no curves or circles. But I could convert from STL if need be.
              duerig
                @hybotics If you have dxf files, send me links here or via pm. And let me know what the units are. It might be good to include a square of a known size so I can use it to ensure that I imported in he right scale.
                duerig
                  @johngordon I can well understand that a typical laptop (Windows or Mac) would be hard to lock down to protect Explorers. Have you looked at the Chromebooks? Since they are explicitly made for the education market, it seems like they'd be a possibility.
                  duerig
                    @hybotics @lukasros Actually I think those might be where the tool head is on segmented joints. So it has multiple degrees of motion at each joint. And some of them also have fixtures that can turn the work piece around and move it as well.
                    duerig
                      @jws So digital objects are not bound to look like plastic any more. Which means that it will only get harder to see which is which in the future.
                      duerig
                        @jws Most art/craft show CNC is actually wood. I think that this is the modern assumption that wood things are inherently more 'hand-made' than other materials. But there are crazy 3d printer materials out now with wood, bronze, brass, or iron in the mix.
                        duerig
                          @hybotics That is too many axes! I am pretty sure I've seen people claiming to have machines with 7 or 8 axes. And I gotta think that maybe it is also a time machine? :--) @lukasros
                          duerig
                            @hybotics But actually, even today a lot of cnc'd stuff is starting to show up at art and craft fairs. Just like people sell prints of a painting or photo as art, people are selling CNC-made sculptures or items as art. Interesting times! @lukasros
                            duerig
                              @hybotics No. I think it was clear. I was trying to emphasize that the kind of stuff we do will seem even more 'hand-crafted' if a replicator ever comes along than it does now. @lukasros
                              duerig
                                @hybotics If we ever get true replicators, then the 'digital production' we do today, will be treated the same as hand made. "Oh. You carved that out of dried fibrous plant matter with a spinning blade? How picturesque!". :-) @lukasros
                                duerig
                                  @larand Thanks. Luckily, she noticed when I pinged her here. I didn't expect that to work. :-) She is one of my suppliers and I was suddenly a bit panicked when I couldn't reach her to order more stuff.
                                  duerig
                                    Ah. Got contact. No need any more. Thanks!
                                    duerig
                                      Does anyone here know @laurafisher on Twitter? I would like to get in contact with her to make a purchase from her, and am not sure how to reach her atm.
                                      duerig
                                        @laurafisher Please send me an email if you see this. Your previous email address is bouncing.
                                        duerig
                                          @lukasros @hybotics It also depends on what is happening when you ask for something from a replicator. Are you querying a giant library of designed stuff? And you might be able to design a new lamp which people will love? Or is it AI designing it all?