MakerSlide

Questions about MakerSlide

Open Source Aluminum Extrusion with V-rail Linear Bearing System Built in


Does each MakerSlide order include a wheel carriage assembly?

Asked by Robert Wong on Mar 22, 2012

No, why would it? The one in the photo is just for show.

Answered by Matt Kasdorf on Mar 23, 2012

No, the wheel carriage is sold separately. We will make them available for sale if we reach 500 units.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Mar 23, 2012

When will I be able to buy the MakerSlide accessories?

Asked by Inventables on Mar 23, 2012

The MakerSlide accessories will be available for purchase when the required number of MakerSlide units have been sold as shown in the box above

Answered by Inventables on Mar 23, 2012

Can you confirm that the lengths are not a typo? 1200mm and 2000mm would be 1.2 meters and 2 meters in length, respectively. I only ask because one of the technical files shows a 100mm length, so I want to ensure that these are not actually 120mm and 200mm (which would be impractical for most purposes). Thanks.

Asked by Craig Dunn on Mar 24, 2012

The length in the design file is arbitrary. Makerslide can come in lengths many meters long.

Answered by Jeremy Bloyd-Peshkin on Mar 25, 2012

To confirm the lengths being sold here are listed correctly at 1200mm and 2000mm.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Mar 28, 2012

Could you please tell me what the recommended weight bearing capacity of this product is? Thanks!

Asked by Shiree Schade on Mar 26, 2012

Hi Shiree, the recommendation is no more than 6 lbs per wheel.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Mar 27, 2012

I’m somewhat confused on what is included with this slide. Is it just the rail or a rail and wheel assembly? I would need more wheels and or carriges so im woundering how much those will cost.

Asked by Vladimir Nesterov on Mar 27, 2012

Hi Vladimir, just the slide is included currently. If we get to 500 we will make the accessories available as well, and we will have a way to add them to your order without paying double shipping. Stay Tuned.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Mar 27, 2012

So, despite some terminology differences, it SOUNDS like a “MakerSlide” consists of just the specialized alumnium extrusion element in a length of either 1200mm or 2000mm. A “MakerSlide” does NOT include any wheels, bearings, nylon or eccentric spacers, washers, nuts, carriages, or anything else. These would all need to be purchased independently to make up a functioning linear motion system. I pre-ordered and remain committed to 14 units (of varying lengths), so please advise if my statement is accurate. From the pictures and description, it is easy to see why there may be some confusion in what actually constitutes the “MakerSlide” as available for pre-order. As we are currently well over half way towards the quota in just the first 5 days, I expect this will more than meet MOQ soon and allow for a successful production run..

Answered by Craig Dunn on Mar 27, 2012

Hi Craig, you are correct the MakerSlide is just the specialized aluminum extrusion element in a length of either 1200mm or 2000mm.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Mar 28, 2012

I’d like to add a couple additional lengths to my order. Is this possible?

Asked by Earl Green on Mar 28, 2012

Hi Earl, yes. The easiest way to do it is go to email help@inventables.com and we will add it for you so you keep one order number.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Mar 28, 2012

What kind of accuracy in these, (i.e. +/-xmm / 1mm)? If you’re going to be using these for an X-Y stage you want to have your table as flat as possible and that will depend on how straight these rails are.

Asked by George Ioakimedes on Mar 28, 2012

This has been tested on the Hadron ORD Bot Gantry that uses the MakerSlide. The test shows about +/-.001" on motion over a 100mm move. The wheel circumference is about 75mm. The rapid changes suggest there is an issue of smoothness or cleanliness of the test surface. A video of the test is now posted at the top of this page.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Mar 28, 2012

Is Makerslide a patented system? Can anyone copy it?

Asked by Marcelo on Mar 30, 2012

Makerslide is an Open Source design using the Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike License. You can copy it as long as you follow the CC BY-SA rules. If you have a use that can justify the typical 1000 lb minimum production run, contact help@inventables.com. We can help you buy the material at a greatly reduced cost directly from our extruder.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Mar 31, 2012

Can I get an approx. cost of the accessories? Difficult to commit without knowing the total cost for a project.

Asked by MichaelAtOz on Mar 30, 2012

Hi Michael, you can see all the accessories at http://store.makerslide.com we will offer them when we reach 500 so you’ll be able to add them to your order without having to pay shipping twice.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Mar 31, 2012

Thanks Zach,

Answered by MichaelAtOz on Mar 31, 2012

Zach, So how does this preorder work? Without known cost of accessories I won’t preorder, hence can’t help making the target. If you make the target, do you make more so I can then order some once the accessories cost is know?

Asked by MichaelAtOz on Mar 31, 2012

The cost of all accessories can be found at http://store.makerslide.com. I pre-ordered some extrusion from Inventables and received an email saying that once the target was hit that there would be a way for me to add the accessories to my order at no additional shipping cost. I agree that it is kind of cumbersome.

Answered by Jeffrey Bradway on Apr 3, 2012

Would you be kind to sent three linear bearings 2 meters long to Croatia? How much shipment is going to cost me? Thanks

Asked by igor jaganjac on Apr 1, 2012

Hi Igor, we can ship to Croatia. International shipping is $34 flat fee which you will see during the checkout process.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 2, 2012

Thanks Philip !

Answered by igor jaganjac on Apr 2, 2012

Is it possible to clarify what we are buying here? It says slide.. which suggests that we are buying the slide, not the rail. It also says “bearing system” which suggests we are buying a bearing system.. not just the rail. Then the photos also suggest it is a system, not just the rail too.

Asked by mark truscott on Apr 2, 2012

Hi Mark, sorry for the confusion, we currently we just have the aluminum extrusions (rails) available which is what you are ordering here.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 2, 2012

Just out of curiosity, is there going to be a provision to have these pre-defined lengths cut? If not is fine, but it’d possibly be nicer on the shipping.

Asked by Brendan Halliday on Apr 3, 2012

Hi Brendan, they are going to shipped in the length as ordered.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 4, 2012

Is there any way to change my order and get a longer slide? I just realized that I need to 2000mm one instead of the 1200

Asked by Vladimir Nesterov on Apr 10, 2012

Hi Vladimir, sure just email help at inventables dot com.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Apr 11, 2012

Are there any specific design goals or practical uses for the small grooves in the top faces of the rail? And what is the intention or a practical use for the slot in the top face?

Asked by Paul Klissner on Apr 10, 2012

The small grooves are the center lines of those areas, these can be used to center a drill for making a hole to tap. The slots are common on all extrusions, they are used to attach to each other and about anything you can think of. If you are looking for compatible extrusions, Makerslide is a 2040 Metric profile.

Answered by Tyler Bennett on Apr 12, 2012

Do you have any references to pictures, projects, and construction details that illustrate how to effectively utilize these rails, for example, how to connect them to other standard rail systems? The video shows a horizontal rail being attached to a vertical rail with a quick twist of a screwdriver. What kind of hardware is used to connect those two rails together? Will you be selling that hardware as well as the v-wheel assemblies?

Asked by Paul Klissner on Apr 10, 2012

Much of what your asking is already for sale at www.store.makerslide.com I didnt see any brackets for sale there though, those can be sourced from Misumi, 80/20 Inc, Amazon, eBay…

Answered by Tyler Bennett on Apr 12, 2012

We will be turning on the accessories shortly since we just reached 500. You will not be charged additional shipping and the accessories will come in the same box as your MakerSlide.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Apr 16, 2012

Are you considering offering a more complete set of MakerSlide related hardware, including brackets, pulleys, belts, spacers, possibly even matching steppers (and, maybe some day even proven-compatible electronics)? Some of these parts are available at MakerSlide.com, sporadically. However, it gets confusing, because, for example, you are offering a ‘smooth idler’ kit that I don’t see at the the MakerSlide store, but not the individual pulleys or belts that the MakerSlide.com store offers. Further, I’ve seen people lamenting in more than one place (forums, etc…) that brackets suitable for use with Makerslide are only available from Misumi. To eliminate some of the gaps and inconsistencies, having a reliable comprehensive single source would be a big help. My guess is that people are going to start with Shapeoko, and based on what they learn, buy some MakerSlide to expand on the idea with custom CNC solutions. Therefore it is likely that making a comprehensive offering of materials available, in anticipation of that would increase the viability of the paradigm in a number of ways, and fuel future sales.

Asked by Paul Klissner on Apr 17, 2012

I will provide a possible solution to part of one of your questions/requests…. they are doing preorders for Shapeoko CNC mill kits that use MakerSlide and are available as just the mechanical kit or including the electronics…. MIGHT be an option. However, I fully agree that there is a bit of confusion around what is being offered via Inventables and what is offered from the MakerSlide store…. given the various inventory levels (or lack thereof). I look forward to an answer to this as much as you do. Oh, the URL here for the Shapeoko kit pre-orders I mentioned: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/cnc-mill-kits-shapeoko

Answered by Craig Dunn on Apr 17, 2012

Can I change my order or do I need to make a second order. I would like 2 more lengths if it is in the same shipment.

Asked by Andrew Laughton on Apr 18, 2012

Hi Andrew, go ahead and email help@inventables.com with what specifically you want to add to your order and we will combine it.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 18, 2012

what is the different between your design and microrax and the openbeam from cost and flexible to make the structure for motor moving projects, We are in Canada, we want to buy this type of part to create project in kits form to resale. I like your stuff but need to know more detail. thanks.

Asked by david wong on Apr 18, 2012

MakerSlide is designed as both a linear bearing system and as a framing system. The others are primarily used for framing. They are all metric based, so they are compatible. There are also a lot of commercial metric t-slot systems. The nice thing about so many choices are the compatible accessories. Misumi, my favorite, has thousands of low cost accesories like joining plates, brackets, end caps, etc.

Answered by Bart Dring on Apr 18, 2012

Ok, so now the Dual Bearing V-Wheel, Spacer, Plate, Pulley and Idler is among the accessories. 1) Will there also be Belts matching the Pulleys before time is out on this? 2) Am I correct that the no extra Precision Washers are needed if I get the Dual Bearing Wheel? 3) Is e-mailing help@inventables the preferred way to add these accessories to my existing order? Thanks!

Asked by Jonas Einarsson on Apr 18, 2012

Hi Jonas, to add accessories to your order simply add them to a shopping cart and check out. You will not be charged shipping and we will combine your orders.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 18, 2012

Thanks Philic. But, no belts?

Answered by Jonas Einarsson on Apr 20, 2012

For reference: https://www.inventables.com/technologies/open-ended-neoprene-belt

Answered by Jonas Einarsson on Apr 22, 2012

Given the 500-unit startup minimum and fixed deadline for placing orders, it is unclear what the future availability of makerslide and accessories (wheels, carriages, etc) will be from Inventables. Is this a one-time deal, or can I count on Inventables continuing to stock materials and ship items at regular intervals?

Asked by Ivan Vulovic on Apr 18, 2012

Hi Ivan, that decision has not been made yet. For the time being Inventables will stop accepting orders once the countdown clock expires. Once we see how smoothly this process goes with the vendors/suppliers, etc. we can sit down and evaluate the future.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 19, 2012

Where can I get the nuts and brackets that fit this so that I can attach them to each other at 90 degrees?

Asked by green giant on Apr 20, 2012

Makerslide is metric based, so they are compatible with a lot of commercial metric t-slot systems. The nice thing about so many choices are the compatible accessories. Misumi, my favorite, has thousands of low cost accesories like joining plates, brackets, end caps, etc.

Answered by mike kouri on Apr 20, 2012

Where can I get Misumi parts? Can you order them online? Is there a brick and mortar store I can pick them up at?

Answered by green giant on Apr 23, 2012

Hi Green Giant, Misumi Parts

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 27, 2012

Im trying to checkout and I have used 2 different credit cards and there is a message that my card was not authorized. I checked the info in both of them and is correct, and I have buy things recently with them. I need to pay with an card from USA or what is the problem? The message displayed dont give info about the problem

Asked by Fernando Aguilar on Apr 21, 2012

I have the same problem.

Answered by Markus Arning on Apr 21, 2012

OK it was a restriction of my bank, I changed the credit card and it goes perfect

Answered by Fernando Aguilar on Apr 21, 2012

Any chance that the rest of the pieces needed for the Motorized Camera Slider would be available as accessories (nylon spacers, motor, those plastic pieces for the motor and tripods at the end)?

Asked by Mika Seppä on Apr 24, 2012

Hi Mika, due to the great response we are evaluating whether to add more accessories. Keep checking back!

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 27, 2012

Hi, when you think the maker slide extrusion will be available again. Thanks

Asked by Joseph abrakjian on Apr 26, 2012

Hi Joseph, due to the great response we are evaluating whether to make the extursion an ongoing product available on Inventables. Keep checking back!

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 27, 2012

Is it possible to get a parts list for what was used in the construction of the motorized camera slider?

Asked by Geoff Peacock on Apr 28, 2012

Hi Geoff, the best place to start is to check out the post on the buildlog Wiki for the Slider

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 30, 2012

When do you expect the latest run to ship? I placed an order for Maker slide on the 17th just before production started.

Asked by James Karpy on Apr 29, 2012

Hi James, the plan is to ship within 45 days from when the count down clock ended back on April 21st. Production is in process with the extruder.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 30, 2012

Is the Extrusion Profile incorrect ? It seems to be twice the size of standard 20×20 extrusion. Also it’s in Inches, where the slide is sold in mm.

Asked by Robert Ely on May 1, 2012

I’m referring to the DXF above btw,

Answered by Robert Ely on May 1, 2012

Hi Robert, MakerSlide is 20mm x 40mm or 1.575″ × 0.787″ so twice the size of 20×20 Aluminum extrusion.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on May 2, 2012

Indeed, that’s what i figured out. However the DXF above for the extrusion profile lists the dimensions as ~3.1496in X1.5740in with a .3307mm slot (40×80mm with a 12mm slot)

Answered by Robert Ely on May 2, 2012

So as it turns out the file above IS correct. There is however a bug in librecad preventing it from displaying properly. I’m working on a bug report at the moment, but if any one else runs into the same problem above, just try other software. High five for the inventables team, they worked hard to make sure my questions were answered.

Answered by Robert Ely on May 8, 2012

Do you sell Makerslide – only if you got in on the pre-order list?

Asked by Jeff Tayler on May 11, 2012

Hi Jeff, we are working on a way to offer MakerSlide on an ongoing basis. For the time being we are processing the first production run of the pre-orders so we can ship out orders as soon as possible. Stay tuned.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on May 16, 2012

You can also add your email to the orange box above to be alerted once it is made available again.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on May 16, 2012

Do we have an updated ship date for the Makerslide and accessories?

Asked by Bennett Marks on May 17, 2012

Hi Bennett, 45 days from when the pre-order countdown clock ended which puts the ship date around first week of June. If we can ship earlier you will receive a tracking notification.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on May 18, 2012

Sweeet. I’m super excited to build my pogo stick!

Answered by Jonathan Cohn on May 22, 2012

What is the approximate time that this is going to be available again?

Asked by Gera Groshev on May 21, 2012

Hi Gera, we have decided to make this a stock item on Inventables. There will still be a longer lead time in the beginning as we are just getting to shipping out to customers who preordered MakerSlide. But as we get subsequent batches of the extrusion in the lead time will lessen until the product will generally always be in stock for ordering.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on May 24, 2012

Hello, I sent an email regarding shipping to Canada but I didnt get a responce. In my shopping cart, it says “We cannot ship MakerSlide – 25142-01 outside of the Contiguous United States”. Is this an error? Could I pay a little more for shipping to make this happen? Thanks

Asked by Wah Trung on May 28, 2012

There’s some discussion about it possibly being a limitation with the USPS; something about maximum lengths differing between destination countries. I’m looking to order from Australia and the maximum length is apparently as little as 1050mm. If this is indeed the problem I’d personally like to see shorter lengths made available, or a cutting service offered. I’m sure others with a strict requirement for longer lengths would welcome other delivery options.

Answered by Vim Au on May 29, 2012

That may be the case for Australia but I am pretty sure that does not apply to Canada. I have used UPS and USPS to ship items twice as large as a MakerSlide rail. I am pretty sure its a limitation of this website. Would anyone from inventables be able to give me an answer? thanks!

Answered by Wah Trung on May 29, 2012

Hi Wah, this is not an error. We are currently fulfilling the first production run of MakerSlide and during this process we were informed by USPS that some countries would not allow a package the size of the 1200mm and 2000mm MakerSlide. We looked into UPS, FedEx, and DHL but they were far more expensive. While we figure out the international shipping solution we have disabled the ability for folks in other countries to order MakerSlide. If and when we figure it out we will turn it back on.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on May 30, 2012

Hi, We have made it possible to ship to certain countries again. Please note the list of countries just below the price.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 2, 2012

If I ordered tonight the 1200mm size, would it be shipped out around June 4th when Inventables is expected them or is all of that material already spoken for? If it is, it would be around 45 days lead time from the 4th right? Thanks!

Asked by Wah Trung on May 30, 2012

The material we are shipping in the first batch next week is already spoken for. If you ordered today 5/31/12 it would ship within 45 days of your order date.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on May 31, 2012

Hi, I think this MakerSlide is great, and I am planning to use it in conjunction with my recently ordered ShapeOko, however I am from the United Kingdom. When I ordered my ShapeOko, i also ordered some MakerSlide and more bearings, but when I tried to checkout, an error came up stating MakerSlide cannot be shipped outside the USA, the ShapeOko and all the corresponding parts can be. Is there any chance you could send me some, as it would be really disappointing if I couldn’t, especially now I have a ShapeOko on its way. Many Thanks

Asked by Harry Raley on May 31, 2012

Hi, I am sorry I didn’t see the other questions. Someone has already asked what I was asking, and I now understand that it is to do with shipping sizes and regulations. It owuld be realy good if different sizes (ones that could be shipped) became available. Many Thanks

Answered by Harry Raley on May 31, 2012

What size do you prefer?

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on May 31, 2012

Same as the two guys below, as big as can be shipped. I am hopeing to use them to extend Shapeoko so 3x 650mm would probably be ok. Many thanks

Answered by Harry Raley on May 31, 2012

Sorry, to mess you about with me changing my mind again! But I would actualy prefer 700mm or larger as I could then use it for the Buildlog.net2 laser. Again, thanks for your consideration and service.

Answered by Harry Raley on May 31, 2012

Selling it as kits of 2×1000 or 2×600 instead of the one long length would probably suit most buyers. I would happily purchase 1m lengths in multiple of 2 :)

Answered by David Ogilvy on Jun 1, 2012

I too ordered a shapeOko and are looking to extend. I would happily take three 1m lengths if you could ship them to Australia.

Answered by Ben Starr on Jun 13, 2012

Hi, I’d want to order MarkerSlide to extend the ShapeOko and I’m in the UK too. It would be great if you could cut the rail to whatever is the maximum size USPS accepts. I’m looking at two pieces of about 75-80cm (750-800mm). Thanks!

Asked by Laurens Wilming on May 31, 2012

This might be a solution moving forward. We may offer 1000mm pieces so they can ship internationally.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on May 31, 2012

I too live outside of US and would like to get my hands on some Makerslides too. 1000mm would be quite a good length for me too. Please consider it! BTW, I registered to be notified when this is available again but I didn’t get any email.

Answered by Dewei on Jun 1, 2012

Hi Laurens, just a quick note that we just lifted the shipping restrictions on the 1200 mm size MakerSlide so it can ship to select International countries including the UK.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 2, 2012

Ordered the Shapeoko but could not order Makerslide for extending(same as the people above), i vote for (3x) ~650mm because the Shapeoko can fit on my workbench(and probably most others), it would be very nice if this could be arranged within the lead time of the Shapeoko because of the shipping cost, would pay a reasonable fee per cut if that helps, industrial cut is always better than at home so a lot of people would probably like a per 100mm approach if that is possible, Thanks for your time and and a great product!

Asked by Marcel van de Zweerde on May 31, 2012

Hi Marcel, thanks for the feedback.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on May 31, 2012

Assuming you are talking about extending the length or width of the Shapeoko. Be very careful. Makerslide is only 20mm extrusion. The bending and vibrational forces will quickly make those lengths unstable. You will need to support the X and Y with much stronger rails to insure

Answered by Bennett Marks on Jun 25, 2012

both accuracy and precision.

Answered by Bennett Marks on Jun 25, 2012

If i place an order now for 2 × 1200mm makerslide profiles to deliver internationally, what length i will receive and when you will send the order.Second question, do you send any accessories yet with the profiles or i will have to wait and make a second order when you will have them in stock? Thank you

Asked by Boghiu Laurentiu on Jun 3, 2012

You currently can’t place an order for 1200mm MakerSlide internationally. We are working out the international shipping.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Jun 7, 2012

Hi Boghiu, just a quick note that we lifted shipping restrictions on the 1200 mm size MakerSlide for certain countries. Please check to see if your country qualifies. The list is published on the product page just below the price.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 2, 2012

Hi, just read a blog post ( http://inventables.blogspot.co.uk/2012/06/makerslide-shipping-update.html ) which includes some information on international shipping,  has it become available? Can I have 2000mm shipped to the Uk in a batch of 2 × 1000mm? I am sorry to be so persistent! but I would really like this makerslide to be included in my previous order ( of makerslide accessories and a ShapeOko cnc )I made a few days back, is this possible? Many Thanks

Asked by Harry Raley on Jun 3, 2012

Hi Harry, I am sorry but at this time we are not able to ship MakerSlide internationally due to postal regulations. We are working on an economical shipping method for international orders.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Jun 7, 2012

I would like to place an order concerning a 2000mm MarkerSlide (and other items). When I fill my order I get a message telling me that you do not ship this item in other country that US (I live in France). Is there any solution to this problem? The problem seems to be related to the size of the slider and as I need this MakerSlide in 3 pieces of the same length (660mm), would it be possible to cut it before sending it in order to avoid this problem? Thank you

Asked by Pierre Salou on Jun 7, 2012

Hello Pierre, please check up the page for more information, as similar questions have been asked several times. Inventables is currently not shipping outside the US due to their currently available lengths of MS being too long. So far they seem to be considering 1000mm lengths, and there have been several requests for a cutting service. Neither is currently available. Hope this helps.

Answered by Vim Au on Jun 7, 2012

Hi Pierre, just a quick note that we lifted shipping restrictions on the 1200 mm size MakerSlide so it can ship to select International countries including France.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 2, 2012

I hope you will improve your packaging for shipping. I ordered a bunch of rails, and they arrived loosely bundled together and with a little bubble-wrap. I don’t know yet if any have warped, but it’s much more likely than if you wrap them tightly together. Misumi does a good job – check out what they do.

Asked by Ivan Vulovic on Jun 9, 2012

Hi Ivan, thanks for the feedback. This is a learning product for us as with anytime we bring in a new product line. The current way I am instructing our fulfillment department to package the MakerSlide extrusions is to stack the sleeved rails together, tape them in a bundle, then bubblewrap the bundle tightly. We are experimenting with both telescoping boxes and tubes.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Jun 19, 2012

BTW let me know if you experienced any warpage of the extrusions you received so we can see about replacing.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Jun 19, 2012

Update: Everything turned out fine, so it’s all good.

Answered by Ivan Vulovic on Jun 28, 2012

Any ETA on when the T nuts and angle brackets will be available?

Asked by Justin Bell on Jun 14, 2012

Here is a link to the T-Nuts. Angle Brackets compatable with the HFS5 extrusions are available there as well. (Which also work with makerslide.) Link: http://us.misumi-ec.com/us/ItemDetail/10302248610.html

Answered by John Steensen on Jun 20, 2012

Would it be possibel to get a 10 ft extrusion?

Asked by Kenny King on Jun 22, 2012

Inventables is not offering custom sizes at this time.

Answered by Alex Berger Inventables on Jun 28, 2012

Hi, It has being a bit more than a month since I first asked, but has there being any advancement in the ability to ship to the UK? I am building a ShapeOko, 2.x Laser and OrdBot, so will be in great need of some Makerslide. Soon my projects will be waiting on it. I would also be interested in quite a large shipment, with the potential to redistribute within Europe or become a reseller. Many Thanks
Harry

Asked by Harry Raley on Jul 13, 2012

Hi Harry, we are working on the software this week to allow shipping the 1200mm lengths to certain countries including the UK via the US Postal Service. If you would like a quote for us to ship MakerSlide via UPS please email help@inventables.com. UPS has much longer allowed length on the box.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Jul 13, 2012

Hi Harry, just a quick note that we have lifted restrictions on the 1200mm size MakerSlide to allow shipping to select International countries including the UK.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 2, 2012

How about shipment resuming to other countries? I think my country, Singapore has only a 1000mm limit. This is fine with me and I’m getting desperate for some MakerSlides. I am sure I’m not alone. This thing is ridiculous hard to get hold of.

Asked by Dewei on Jul 16, 2012

We are working on being able to ship to countries that allow 1200mm on the length this week. Singapore is more challenging because the postal service restricts to 42" or ~1067mm on the length of the box. We may offer 1000mm length sizes in the future so please keep checking back.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Jul 16, 2012

Well that sucks. Seriously. Can you guys really consider enabling people outside of US to order easily and quickly? Not like wait at least 6 weeks for even news of possibly ordering… I am desperate enough to even accept 600mm (1200 into 2) or 800 (2400mm into 3) lengths. Please consider. Thanks.

Answered by Dewei on Jul 16, 2012

Hi Dewei, we have put in an order for 1000mm size rails with the extruder which will allow us to ship to Singapore via USPS International services. We will notify everyone once the option becomes available. In the meantime if you want a quote to ship via UPS please email your shipping address and contents of your order to help @ inventables . com.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 2, 2012

That’s great news. I’ll have to wait for the USPS option. UPS is going to be too expensive. Thank you!

Answered by Dewei on Aug 3, 2012

Hi Dewei, 1000mm now available. Best! Phil

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 8, 2012

I read here that there is still a problem with shipping to other countries.I live in germany and we need some 2000mm (test) rails.
Your wrote: " We … were informed by USPS that some countries would not allow a package the size of the 1200mm and 2000mm MakerSlide. We looked into UPS, FedEx, and DHL but they were far more expensive"
So where is the problem??? This tell me that it would be possible but (just) more expensive. But we would pay more for this time, if we can receive it as soon as possible to test your system for a lot of future pojects and maybe also to be a distributor. If we can´t get it next time, we must go with other solutions. I hope we here good news from you. Thanks

Asked by RaiOrz on Jul 18, 2012

Hi RaiOrz, if you would like a quote for UPS shipping to your country please email your shipping address and contents of your order to help @ inventables . com. Please note we just lifted restrictions on the 1200mm size to allow shipping to a select list of International countries.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 2, 2012

The Makerslide profile only ships to the US, I assume this has to do with restrictions of the shipping company. I REALLY like the system a lot, but I’m located in Brazil.
I only need 2 length of 550 mm, could you do an exception and cut to length before shipping?

Asked by Torben on Jul 22, 2012

Hi Torben, unfortunately we are not setup to offer cutting services at this time. The postal service in Brazil restricts the length of the box to 42" which means we can’t ship even are smaller length 1200mm MakerSlide. We are ordering 1000mm length pieces which we will be able to ship to you. The order is in with the extruder and we will notify everyone once this option becomes available to ship.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 2, 2012

Torben, we now have 1000mm size MakerSlide rails available to order on our website. There is a slight lead time as we get the new inventory in and processed but the shipping restrictions have been lifted for this size.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 10, 2012

Thank you, brilliant – I have already ordered, but it will be very handy next time :)

Answered by Torben on Aug 10, 2012

Are there plans to sell complete Ord Bot kits? If so, what timescale, and what would international carriage cost?

Asked by G Currie on Jul 27, 2012

This has not been decided yet so I don’t have any good answers for you at this point in time.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 1, 2012

Why is the 2000mm option no longer available?

Asked by AJ Stocking on Aug 1, 2012

Hi AJ, because we are out of stock of this size.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 1, 2012

What lengths are you planning on trying to stock? Currently your site is showing 1000mm and 1800mm lengths. Before you had 1200mm and 2000mm lengths. Are you planning on selling all four sizes? Also If possible could you list all the sizes and show them as “not in stock” rather then removing them from the product page.

Thanks!

Asked by Jeff on Aug 10, 2012

Hi Jeff, for now we are only going to stock 1000mm and 1800mm. The 1000mm size allows us to have an option that can ship to just about any country in the world via USPS Priority Mail International, which saves a lot of money for our customers compared to UPS.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 10, 2012

i need to say this is annoying. with this changes its hard to calculate.
and what is the reason for changing to 1800mm since the long ones anyway only ship to usa and canada.

Answered by simon litwan on Aug 24, 2012

I am sorry this is annoying to you. The reason we switched to 1000mm as already noted was to allow for shipping via a more affordable USPS International options to International countries. The reason for switching to 1800 mm was to allow us to fit the longer MakerSlide extrusions safely into the boxes without the ends bulging. If we switch to longer boxes it moves us into a custom size and the cost for the box goes up significantly which means we would have to raise the price of the MakerSlide. To avoid this we went with a slightly shorter length. Thanks for your understanding. What are you building that this makes the calculations more difficult?

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Aug 27, 2012

I see that you stated the load capacity of being 6 lbs per wheel, is it possible to use a different wheel for higher load capacity? If so, what is the recommended load capacity of the rail itself? I am building a CNC Plasma table and I am considering this for my rails, both X and Y axis. However, my table is going to have a 4′ × 8′ cut area, but I see that longer or custom lengths are not available yet…any progress on this dilemma yet?

Asked by Adam Pierce on Aug 29, 2012

Hi Adam, If you use steel wheels you can virtually take the wheel loading problem out of the equation. Bart has steel wheels on the buildlog store . The steel wheels will eventually wear the aluminum Makerslide, but many DIY people use steel wheels on aluminum and get decent life. If you hard coat the rails they will last a very long time. Bart is using steel wheels on his Plasma cutter design. The rating of the MakerSlide is highly dependent on the design. At 4×8 feet, the MakerSlide should be doubled up or supported by another member.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Sep 4, 2012

Is hard anodized makerslide and steel wheels something Inventables is considering selling?

Answered by Jeff on Oct 21, 2012

Hi Jeff, I am not sure at this point, but I will check with our merchandising department.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Oct 22, 2012

Any update on if you will be offering hard anodized makerslide in the near future?

Answered by Jeff on Apr 1, 2013

Hi Jeff, have not yet received any indication that we are adding this option at Inventables.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Apr 1, 2013

You might want to put up some sort of reference when ordering, when I got my slide & Plate and ordered the wheel kit- I thought I had enough to make a slide. Maybe there should be some suggested ordering preferences.
Now I have to wait even longer to make my project.

Asked by Dan Gregson on Aug 30, 2012

Hi Dan, good suggestion and something we are considering at Inventables. Sorry about the inconvenience.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Sep 5, 2012

If I had 800mm x 800mm shapeoko , how big would be my working area?

Asked by Khalifa Alsuwaidi on Aug 31, 2012

600mm x 550mm

Answered by Sparr Risher on Sep 4, 2012

Hi there, I’m hoping to construct a linear bearing with the MakerSlide. I see that everything is sold separately, so just to confirm are these the parts I would need to make a motorized sliding mount?

1X MakerSlide rail (various lengths)
1X Stepper Motor
2X Plastic Pulley with Dual Flange and MXL Pitch (one for each side of belt)
1X Open Ended Neoprene Belt (various length)
1X Belt clip to make it a loop (not sold here)
1X Carriage Plate
1X Eccentric Spacer
1X (pack of 10) Nylon Spacers
2X Dual Bearing V-Wheel Kit
1X Smooth Idler Wheel Kit

Is that everything? Have you guys considered selling a kit to make sliders rather than all the components separately?

Asked by Alex S on Sep 10, 2012

Hi Alex, let me double-check this and get back to you tomorrow.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Sep 10, 2012

Hi Alex, These two wiki pages show how Bart made his camera slider.

http://www.buildlog.net/wiki/doku.php?id=ms:ms_slider
http://www.buildlog.net/wiki/doku.php?id=ms:camera_controller

Apart from fasteners (McMaster), he uses a few fabricated parts that we don’t sell (can be laser cut), as well as a homemade stepper controller (Adafruit, Sparkfun, Radioshack)
Hope this helps

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Sep 11, 2012

Do you guys have any maker slides in stock, when I try to order it says “No Lead” does it means , out of stock , and if so what the ETA on the new batch?

Asked by Jimmy Blaze on Sep 22, 2012

Hi Jimmy, Yes we currently have plenty of 1800mm in stock and we receive new stock of 1000mm tomorrow.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Sep 24, 2012

Any chance you will have the 2000mm+/6’+ sections (item 25142-02) in stock again any time soon?

Asked by Steve Presley on Sep 25, 2012

Hi Steve, we are currently not planning to offer 2000mm, we moved to an 1800mm size to make it easier to ship it out to customers. How many pieces are you looking for?

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Sep 26, 2012

I have plans for two or 3 CNC router/laser cutters that I would like to have a 4′×8′ working area, so the rails themselves would need to be at least 2500mm. If I can’t get 8’ sections, I would settle for the 2000mm sections. I would need 4 or 6 units of the same lengths for the CNC platforms. Also, I am working on some camera sliders, so 8’ and 6’ sections would be great for that, could use another 2 of each size for that. If the sliders become popular enough, would want to be able to reorder in likely quantities of 10 units each based on demand.

Also, if the CNC setups become popular enough (which I do have some interest), there is potential to need the slide for those setups as well.

Feel free to email me directly to discuss further – steve at steve presley dot net

Answered by Steve Presley on Sep 27, 2012

Hi
Eddie here, Where can I get the Right angle pieces and the smaller pieces to mount things vertically, They look like they are 45 degree cut pieces of Makerslide? Are they? As in that video where the guy has the saw set up with the ruler inset into the rail, The pieces that attaches the makerslide to the saw and the portions that are holding up the makersilde. What is the correct mounting screws to use? I thougnt i bought everything to use this today, Received my order today, and i can’t now because you can’t mount anything togther. Maybe offering a FULL SERT to create one makerslide working piece is a good idea. A) it’ll stop these questions and B) its a larger individual sale for you!!!

Asked by Edward J Carlino Jr on Oct 1, 2012

Offering a Full Setup ^

Answered by Edward J Carlino Jr on Oct 1, 2012

Hi Edward, thanks for your questions. What are you building with your MakerSlide? I will check on the best place to get the mounting screws and brackets.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Oct 2, 2012

Found the 5M screws after searching 4 different Home depots, they seem to be the most popular size, 3 out of 4 stores were out of them, and you can only buy them in quantities of 2 it seems. If you can source them in higher quantities, you’d sell them lol
Building a fixture to route with non cnc, and need right angle and bracket pieces, went to Misumi to lok-ok but there are many diff types, not sure which ones will work with makerslide.
thanks

Answered by Edward J Carlino Jr on Oct 2, 2012

Can I order MakerSlide Extrusion in any other length not listed on the website? If so, what is the maximum length I could order? Assuming its shipped within the United States.
Also what is the maximum length I could purchase if I wanted to pick it up myself?

Asked by zane gifford on Dec 9, 2012

Hi Zane, Currently the MakerSlide is only available in the sizes listed on the page so the maximum length you can order is 1800mm. We don’t have a local pick-up option.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Dec 10, 2012

Do you guys keep a reliable stock of the Makerslide extrusions and the associated delrin v-groove bearings? I’ve read some comments both here and on cnczone that sound like getting these components often involves long waits. I’m designing a machine that requires seven 1800mm sticks of Makerslide and 16 of the bearings, but want to be sure there is a reliable supply of them that doesn’t require several weeks of waiting, otherwise I will have to use an alternate type of rail system.

Asked by Kyle Kepley on Dec 27, 2012

If it is not possible to order lengths longer than 1800mm, is it possible to make a smooth, accurate join of shorter rail lengths?

I am very interested in building a 4×8 CNC router table

Asked by jake carvey on Jul 30, 2013

Hi Jake, It should be possible to connect two pieces of MakerSlide using mending brackets and insertion nuts but your machine might still be affected by the joint. Here is a forum post with some great discussion on creating a 4×8 machine.

Answered by John Hayes Inventables on Jul 30, 2013

I have considered a 4×4 table, and trying to work out a system for aligning it so I can cut one half of a 4×8 sheet at a time

Answered by jake carvey on Jul 30, 2013

I regularly buy MakerSlide 375mm. Is it out of stock or no longer available?
(I’ve documented it as a standard part for my kit)

Asked by Karl Lew on Aug 1, 2013

Hi Karl, unfortunately this length is no longer going to be available. However the longer lengths are easily cut down using a chop saw.

Answered by John Hayes Inventables on Aug 2, 2013

Hacksaws do work. It just would be nicer if Inventables did the work. Misumi custom cuts are so nice. I wish Inventables much success so you can buy your own robosaw. :)

Answered by Karl Lew on Aug 3, 2013

a simple power miter saw can cut aluminum without any issue.

Answered by philip ramirez on Oct 17, 2013

What happened to the MakerSlide Camera Slider buildlogs?

Asked by jake carvey on Aug 5, 2013

Hi Jake, they should be back up in the very near future. Thanks for your patience.

Answered by John Hayes Inventables on Aug 6, 2013

Hi, I just ordered the parts for the simple camera slider. I am looking for a good way to be able to store it in pieces. Is there a good way to join makerslides end-to-end for a camera slider?

Asked by Dustin Veitch on Sep 21, 2013

Hi Dustin, you should be able to join the extrusions end to end using Mending Brackets and and Insertion nuts but the joint may cause an issue when the camera rolls across it.

Answered by Philip Lomac Inventables on Sep 23, 2013

I am looking to mount my Makerslide onto two tripods. Are there any best practices or recommendations for drilling (non-threaded) holes for mounting or otherwise? Thanks!

Asked by Dustin Veitch on Oct 9, 2013

Hi Dustin — I would suggest using a drill press at a lower speed when working with the aluminum Makerslide. Use a center punch to mark your holes and make sure to use some type of lubrication when drilling.

Answered by John Hayes Inventables on Oct 9, 2013

Is there any effort to make the extrusion in different profile sizes? I would love to use this for my machine, but I already have 20 meters of 4545 profile. Do you have a solid way of interfacing with other profiles?

Asked by Rusty Russell on Oct 23, 2013

Hi Rusty, thanks for your question. Unfortunately at this time there is no plan for different profile sizes of Makerslide. We have extrusion brackets and other hardware for assembly here.

Answered by John Hayes Inventables on Oct 23, 2013

Black Anodized

Is there a resource for this rail/profile in a black anodized finish?

Thanks!

Asked by Crady von Pawlak on Dec 7, 2013

As of 12-7-13 there is not currently a resource for this rail with a black anodized finish.

Answered by Zach Kaplan Inventables on Dec 7, 2013

Pity. =\

Answered by Crady von Pawlak on Dec 7, 2013

What is the $8 saw blade used in the video to cut the MakerSlide?

Asked by Keith DePew on Dec 14, 2013

It was just a no name brand at the home improvement store. It was a plain 40 carbide tooth blade and not a special metal cutting blade.

Answered by Bart Dring Inventables on Dec 14, 2013

Load Limits for Full Size Router

I am looking at a 2×4 CNC with a full sized (8 pound) router. Do you think this rail/bearing system would be a good fit? the Z axis would house a large router, the X would have some length… This would seem like an upgrade to black pipe/skate bearings, but I have not seen this used in a similar environment. Thoughts?

Asked by Aaron Kiemele on Jan 5, 2014

Hi Aaron, this system is mainly used for lighter applications, however if you brace the machine every 400-500mm, you should see some pretty great results.

Answered by John Hayes Inventables on Jan 7, 2014

hi i used this in the y of my plasma cutter. it worked great for that, the z on this was 25 pounds or so. that being said there is no rotational force on it like a router would produce. i would buy a slide plate and copy it to a 1/8 steel for use with this slide. also expect to need a heaver timing belt and use the metal rollers. this produce is good but for heaver machines i would go to a cold rolled steel slide.

Answered by Jonathan Decker on Jan 27, 2014

Custom length MakerSlide

Can you offer MakerSlide in custom cut lengths? I am building a ShapeOko 2 with a friend and we would like to use a standard 36″ × 78″ hollow core door as the wasteboard/base for the unit.

Asked by Timothy Good on Mar 2, 2014

Hi Timothy, unfortunately at this time we are unable to offer custom lengths of Makerslide. However you should easily be able to cut the material to length yourself, using a fine-toothed, carbide tipped saw blade. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Answered by John Hayes Inventables on Mar 3, 2014

Makerslide 1800mm ships to asia

Hi, my country is Korea of Republic(North Korea). There are noted “MakerSlide – 25142-04 only ships to Canada and United States”…… Is there any way to get 25142-04 ??

Asked by SungWook_Woo on Mar 2, 2014

Hello,

Unfortunately, we cannot ship longer rail because of international shipping restrictions.

Best,
Sam

Answered by Sam Alaimo Inventables on Mar 3, 2014

is this available in the 500mm length to replace a shapeoko2 rail?

Asked by Thomas Mulloy on Mar 2, 2014

Hello,

We do not offer this size at the moment, but you can cut down a longer rail with a chop saw to get the desired length. I apologize for the inconvenience.

Best,
Sam

Answered by Sam Alaimo Inventables on Mar 3, 2014

is this available in the 3000mm length ???

Asked by carlos centeno on Mar 11, 2014

Hello,

unfortunately at this time we are unable to offer custom lengths of Makerslide. It should be possible to connect two pieces of MakerSlide using mending brackets and insertion nuts but your machine might still be affected by the joint.

Best,
Sam

Answered by Sam Alaimo Inventables on Mar 11, 2014

Would you have a "Waste Board with Threaded Inserts" to match the 1800mm Makerslide? Would i also have to custom order the belts?

Asked by Chan Doan on Mar 14, 2014

Hi Chan, unfortunately we only have the items available on our website, however I will pass this suggestion along to our product team for consideration. If you order more than one quantity of belting, you will be sent a continuous length.

Answered by John Hayes Inventables on Mar 14, 2014

With the rail at 1800mm what does that increase the cutting area to? Also, are you able to ship these to Canada?

Asked by John Can on Mar 15, 2014

Hi John, the cut area is about 200mm shorter in each direction than the makerslide, which should put the cut area around 1600mm. I have spoken with our head of product development and he’s afraid that the performance of the machine might not be as good with that large size. I would suggest bracing the machine every 400-500mm lengths.

Answered by John Hayes Inventables on Mar 17, 2014

Please confirm whether MakerSlide is natural aluminum and not clear anodized.

I ask because I have a local company that can do hardcoat anodizing with PTFE impregnation. If the MakerSlide is already clear anodized they would have to electrochemical-strip the clear anodizing before it could be hardcoated, adding expense.

Asked by Michael Crocker on Mar 17, 2014

MakerSlide is clear anodized. Our local anodizer does not charge extra for stripping of the clear. They said it strip/etch is part of the normal prep process.

Answered by Bart Dring Inventables on Mar 17, 2014

MakerSlide Available in mill-finish (no anodizing)?

Bart:

I poorly worded my initial question. Do you have any MakerSlide V-rail beams available in the 1000mm & 1800mm lengths in mill-finish (not anodized)?

Asked by Michael Crocker on Mar 17, 2014

Michael, Sorry, but it is all clear anodized.

Bart

Answered by Bart Dring Inventables on Mar 17, 2014