What is the Handibot Community?
Our community is free to participate in; it’s a collaborative environment where you can embark on lots of cool adventures:
- share the projects that you make with the help of a Handibot tool
- comment on projects you see and add your own creative twists to others’ projects
- suggest ideas that will help the Handibot become even more useful, such as ideas for apps, accessories for the tool, even ways you’d like to see the tool itself evolve
You don’t have to “sign up” (join the community), but this will allow you to do more.
Anyone is welcome to look around at projects, galleries and ideas. You can read the forum and blog posts, and sign up for our newsletter.
When you sign up (for free), you’ll also be able to participate!
You’ll be able to share your projects, photos and videos; bookmark and add your rating to others’ projects; post your ideas for apps, post on the forum, and instant-message other community members.
Icing on the cake.
Here’s something we’re working on right now: we’re building an initial suite of apps that will make it even easier for anybody to use the Handibot tool. You won’t need to know programming language or be a CNC expert. The goal is: pick an app, click a couple of buttons, get cuttin’! You’ll be able to do this right from your smartphone or tablet too. Check out Handibot Labs now to see the latest news from our developers.
We welcome you to sign up and join our community. We’ll be sure to keep you posted about “all things Handibot,” including ways for you to get involved in both software and hardware development.
How do I share my files?
Files and formats:
Your motivation should be to make it easy for people to cut and build your project, so you’ll want to include files in formats that make it easy for the largest number of people. We all love Vectric software and include it with all tools, so including those file formats is probably the most helpful. VCarvePro for 2d and Cut3d for 3d machining
There are however ShopBotters that…gasp!…might not have VCarvePro or Cut3d, or haven’t kept their copies up to date. so we recommend that you also include an additional format for those folks. A Universal vector format like .dxf or .eps works well for 2d cutting, and .stl for 3d models.
What about ShopBot files? Feel free to include them, and they make a lot of sense for Handibot projects where all the tools are the same size with the same cutting capabilities. There’s a wide range of other ShopBots of different sizes and speed capabilities, though, so be aware that a file that cuts great at 6″/sec on your brand new PRSAlpha won’t be too useful to the ShopBotters with a 10 year old PR!
At the minimum please include a readme.txt file that includes details like materials, bit size, and any extra supplies that are needed. Add a little about yourself too, especially how someone can contact you with questions. For anything but the simplest projects though, including a little more complete set of instructions…maybe with some pictures…will be very helpful. And just like design files, use formats that are universal and accessible like .pdf and .html.
We REALLY don’t want to be the copyright license police, so to make it simple any files that you offer must not include any copyrighted designs. Before uploading your project you’ll have to agree to an Open License, so no Micky Mouses or NFL logos please!
When you’ve got all your files assembled, zip them up and share them here.