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September 23 – September 30, 2022 “A Project That is Autumn/Thanksgiving Themed” Contest

Happy Friday, everyone. We want to give a big thanks to the makers who participated in the contest for this week. There were many creative kitchen-related projects that amazed us. It was extremely hard to choose six of the best ones since all were crafted to perfection. We love seeing all the projects shared within our community.


Last Week’s Winners

We are excited to announce that Tony Boon, Morris Forbes, Carmine De Luca, Chris Smith, Michael Trickey, and Mosher Woodworking are the winners of the “A Project Made for the Kitchen” contest! Lookout for a prize!


This Week’s Theme: A Project That is Autumn/Thanksgiving Themed

A short message from our Content Creator, Scott Saari

Hey everyone, for our American neighbours, did you know that Canadian Thanksgiving is coming up soon? Help us celebrate by posting any Autumn or Thanksgiving-related projects made with your LongMill, and we’ll choose our favourite projects to send awesome prizes to!

Happy making!

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“Remote Control/Headless” Feature in gSender Edge

Hi everyone. If you’re a more adventurous CNC user, did you know that our experimental version of gSender includes a powerful Remote Control feature (sometimes referred to as headless) that can enable new functionality of your CNC within your shop?

You can load in a file from your design computer outside your shop and then run it on your computer inside the shop, use a tablet to control your CNC rather than a mouse and keyboard, use a phone for jogging or running functions, or leverage a mini PC or Raspberry Pi as the tethered computer for cheap, fanless, and reliable operation without taxing them with a display, keyboard, and mouse.

This feature is new so don’t expect it to be perfect, but try it out and give us feedback if you find anything we can do to improve it. Be sure you don’t use this feature to run your CNC remotely, we discourage unsafe use of the CNC including leaving it running unattended.

Follow our guide below to learn how to set up Remote Control using gSender Edge.

While you’re using Edge, try out and give us feedback on some of its other new features as well such as visualizing laser raster files, laser job outline, custom visualizer colours, and the ability to create a print of all your custom gSender keyboard shortcuts onto a piece of paper that you can hang up next to your machine. These features are easy to find and are also further explained on our release forum post here: https://forum.sienci.com/t/gsender-edge-headless-support-better-laser-support-custom-visualization-and-more/6291

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September 16 – September 23, 2022 “A Project Made for the Kitchen” Contest

Hi everyone. Thank you for participating in the contest for this week. We saw a lot of outstanding contest submissions for this week’s theme and are happy to see many makers participating. Choosing the winners for this theme was tough as all decorative projects were fantastic. We are glad to see all the projects shared within our community.


Last Week’s Winners

We are excited to announce that Merlin Dundas, Lydia Fitzpatrick, Jasper Tizon, Don Rideout, Kevin Medlin, and Devon Coles are the winners of the “A Project That Is Decorative” contest! A prize is on its way to you!


This Week’s Theme: A Project Made for the Kitchen

A short message from our Content Creator, Scott Saari

This week’s theme is “a project made for the kitchen”! Post your noodle boards, trays, cutting boards, charcuterie boards, and other kitchen-related projects that were made using the LongMill. We will select our favourite ones and send makers some awesome things.

Happy crafting everyone!

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Stiffness and Deflection Testing on the LongMill MK2

The LongMill MK2 is an exceptionally rigid machine. By optimizing the design, we’re able to build and design a capable machine at an affordable price.

It seems rare for CNC companies to share this sort of data and testing, so it’s difficult for consumers to be able to compare apples to apples on different hobby CNC machines. Hopefully, this is a good start for our industry to work towards bringing better, more rigid machines to the market.

Based on our results, a LongMill experiencing regular cutting forces of 10N, which we’ve determined to be representative of a normal cutting load on a hobby CNC machine, we see that the total deflection is under 0.1mm on both the X and Y axis. Given that 0.1mm is roughly the thickness of a sheet of paper, users should expect a very high level of accuracy for their machines.

We created these tests to show users that even though the LongMill is substantially less expensive than other hobby CNC options, it still offers a highly competitive level of rigidity and that customers are not missing out on something just because we’re so affordable.

Results:

(Tested at 10N)X Axis DeflectionY Axis Deflection
48×30 Longmill MK22.8 thou / 0.072mm3.2 thou / 0.080mm
30×30 Longmill MK22.3 thou / 0.057mm3.0 thou / 0.076mm
12×30 Longmill MK21.9 thou / 0.049mm3.0 thou / 0.076mm

We also did an additional run at 25N, the results are as follows.

(Tested at 25N)X Axis DeflectionY Axis Deflection
48×30 Longmill MK214.2 thou / 0.361mm20.7 thou / 0.525mm
30×30 Longmill MK212.3 thou / 0.313mm18.5 thou / 0.470mm
12×30 Longmill MK213.0 thou / 0.330mm18.2 thou / 0.461mm

For the full report, including my commentary, please read the report below.

Raw data:

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September 9 – September 16, 2022 “A Project That Is Decorative” Contest

Good afternoon everyone. We want to thank those who participated in the contest this week. We know this theme was a little trickier than others, but all of you killed this contest! It was difficult for us to select the winners for this week as all non-wooden projects were crafted very well. We love seeing all the projects shared within our community.


Last Week’s Winners

We are happy to announce that Jack Maree, Kaleb Mannion, Stephen Zumbach, Kootenay Woodcraft, Nicolas Jacques, and Ron Klein are the winners of the “A Project That Isn’t Made From Wood” contest! Look out for a prize coming your way!


This Week’s Theme: A Project That Is Decorative

A short message from our Content Creator, Scott Saari

The theme of the week is “projects that are decorative”! Share with us something that you have created on the LongMill that was used to decorate your space. These projects include any wall art like signs, picture frames, wall carvings, figurines/statues, and other cool decorative items. We will choose our favourite decorative projects and send prizes to the creators!

Happy making!

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September 2022 Production Updates

Hey there, here’s our September 2022 production update.

For all news and updates, please see our Blog.

Just as a reminder, if you’d like to get these updates as a weekly email newsletter, please subscribe here: https://sienci.us13.list-manage.com/subscribe/post?u=720f140325aaa668a8aa09916&id=e18d59a085

Please note that we will be closed on Monday Sept 5, 2022 for Labour Day. We’ll be back in the office on Tuesday Sept 6, 2022.

Michael our QA engineer going through our latest batch of gantries

LongMill MK2 and Extension Kit Orders

Production continues to move fairly smoothly for all LongMill and Extension Kit orders. We have now cleared the pending queue for 48×30 and Extension kits and now lead times for all machine sizes will be more or less the same. We are expecting lead times to be around 1-2 weeks for most orders for this month.

This past month we did pause production shortly due to us running out of rail extrusions to make 48in X-axis rails, however, we have received another batch of rails that should cover for another 400-500 machines. Because we were working with our extrusion manufacturer to work out some kinks in the consistency of the rails, which placed the order on hold rather than going to press. Thankfully they were able to move the extrusions to the weekend schedule and have them made with only a few days of added delay.

X and Z gantries we also ran out as well have also been restocked. The next thing we’re expecting to run out of are the front and back steel feet for LongMill MK2 machines which we currently have 70 units worth left, however, those should be restocked back around the end of next week.

LaserBeam Orders

We are now stocked on enough LaserBeam units to last till the end of the year. Most are shipping out within a few days.

Batch 7 Production

We are now at the final third of Batch 6 Production. This means that we’re at our last 500ish machines, and we’ll be getting to the end of the batch sometime likely in December. Depending on the status of our shipments, our lead times may change around this time.

Batch 7 production has been underway for the last few months and we’ve been getting parts in to prepare. There won’t be any major changes but we’ve made some small tweaks to production overall including:

  • Small tweaks to the design of the 5mm to 8mm coupler to help customers identify which side goes on which side
  • Fully custom-produced v-wheels to improve quality control and consistency of the wheels

Some additional changes to our production reflected in Batch 6 and 7 include:

  • New tools to check the consistency of all of our rails
  • Additional checks to ensure the flatness of all gantry plates and other steel parts
  • Individual motor tuning on all control boards

When we started Batch 6 in 2021 and early 2022, we were at the height of the pandemic and supply chain constraints. Recently, we’ve seen lower lead times, shortages, and transport times than before, so we are hopeful that this new batch of machines will have a smoother production process than before.

Price increases from UPS

UPS has recently informed us that they will be charging an “Additional Handling Fee” on shipments weighing over 50lbs. Previously this limit was set to 70lbs. This means that some shipments on new orders may see roughly a $10 increase on LongMill shipping prices on new orders placed Sept 6. We are working with UPS to negotiate and reduce the impact of this charge.

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September 2 – September 9, 2022 “A Project That Isn’t Made From Wood” Contest

Hey everyone. We really appreciate those who participated in the contest this week. It was hard for us to choose the best useful household item projects since they were all so unique. We always look forward to seeing all the projects shared within our community.


Last Week’s Winners

We are excited to announce that John Fischer, Scott Nolen, The Wooden Board, Little Owl Craft Co, Michael Mascaro, and Academx Woodcraft are the winners of the “A Useful Household Item” contest! A prize is on its way to you!

P.S. We will be closed Monday, September 5th for Labour Day and back in the office on Tuesday, September 6th.


This Week’s Theme: A Project That Isn’t Made From Wood

A short message from our Content Creator, Scott Saari

Wood is obviously the most common material LongMill users use for making projects. Well, this week’s theme is “projects that aren’t made from wood”! Show us your projects that don’t use wood as their main material, like acrylic signs, brass brands, aluminum parts, and more, and we’ll choose our favourite ones and send the creators some free swag and bits!

Happy crafting everyone!

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August 26 – September 2, 2022 “A Useful Household Item” Contest

Hello everyone. We want to give our thanks to those who participated in the contest this week. We were so impressed with the projects you have sold that it was super difficult for us to choose the winners for this week. We are happy to see all the projects shared within our community.


Last Week’s Winners

We are excited to announce that Frank Stephenson, Knotty Hound, Kari Chapman, Dale Haché, John Hughes, and Kevin Ernst are the winners of the “A Project You Sold” contest! A reward is coming your way!

Here is an important business tip that Kari Chapman shared and could help you all succeed in your business. “Don’t be afraid to step out of your comfort zone. Putting yourself and your business out there is never easy – you won’t survive if you stay within your protected bubble. You have to pop that and seek out ideas and opportunities to grow as a business owner and to grow your business. Michael Dell once said, “if you’re the smartest person in the room, find another room.” This applies to your comfort zone as well. (*Mandy Edwards *35 Marketing Tips to Get [or Keep] Your Business Going, 2016).”


This Week’s Theme: A Useful Household Item

A short message from our Content Creator, Scott Saari

This week’s theme is “a useful household item”! Show us something you made with your LongMill that you can use around the house, such as catch-all trays, noodle boards, a piece of furniture, or anything else, and we’ll choose our favorites and the creators some awesomely cool stuff. Swipe to the last photo for more information on this week’s contest theme.

Weekly Themed Contest Rules and Guidelines: https://sienci.com/contest/ 

Happy making!

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August 19 – 26, 2022 “A Project You Sold” Contest

Hi everyone. We want to give a big thank you to those who participated in the contest for this week. We have seen so many awesome 2.5D and 3D projects that it was hard for us to choose the best ones. We love seeing all the projects shared within our community.


Last Week’s Winners

We are excited to announce that Kari Chapman, Paul Arnold, Merlin Dundas, Nelson Joseph, Kibbles N – Bitz, and Kaleb Mannion are the winners of the “Your Favourite 2.5D or 3D Carving/Relief Project” contest! Look out for a reward coming your way!


This Week’s Theme: A Project You Sold

A short message from our Content Creator, Scott Saari

This week’s theme is “a project you sold”! Post any project someone gave you money for, whether it be a custom sign, gift, or any other item made with the LongMill, and we’ll choose our favorites to send our makers cool stuff. Bonus points if you give us a business tip to share with our community. (When posting/sharing your project with us, please specify in your caption that it was sold).

Weekly Themed Contest Rules and Guidelines: https://sienci.com/contest/ 

Happy making everyone!

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gSender 1.1.3 Release

Hey folks. gSender 1.1.3 has been released with firmware tool improvements, input improvements, and bug fixes/feature improvements!

The firmware tool has a new look – settings different than the default for your selected machine profile are highlighted, you can easily look up settings by term rather than number, and machine profile is now located inside the tool instead of in preferences. We’ve also added some new machine profiles for Longmills with extension kits and some other machines.

Machine profile selection has been removed from preferences entirely. The purpose of machine profiles has been gradually lessened over each release, and the only part of the program it was still informing was the firmware tool. Due to this, we’ve removed it from preferences as a selection since it’s purpose was confusing a number of users, especially when it came to machine dimensions (which were actually pulled from EEPROM). Machine profile is now selected in the firmware tool, and only handles which image to flash/settings to use as default values.

We also have a number of feature improvements, including: UI inputs also no longer default to minimum value if the user takes longer than expected to type, Test File mode now restores WCS upon completion, and continuous jogging working more consistently when $13 (report in inches) is enabled.


Patch Notes

  • Added profiles for Longmill extension kits
  • Machine profile removed from preferences and placed in firmware tool
  • Fixed incorrect default values in some machine profiles
  • Test mode now restores WCS after the soft reset performed while exiting check mode.
  • Fixed issue with test mode that would occasionally have it start running the file after test was complete
  • Fixed issue with continuous jog when soft limits were enabled and report in inches EEPROM value was enabled
  • Firmware tool improvements – new convenient profile selection, setting search, performance improvements, highlighted changed values
  • Improvements to value inputs – should no longer default to min value if there is too long a pause in typing
  • Surfacing labels changed to X/Y rather than length/width
  • Minor styling changes

gSender 1.1.3 Assets: Release 1.1.3 · Sienci-Labs/gsender 8