Touch probe no longer going to be offered?

(Leith) #21

iPhone / Android App for machine control through carbide connect is my guess. If that’s the case I would rather have a touch probe…

(William Adams) #22

No, that was a bad joke / inside reference on my part.

The first instance of “Shapeoko 3” was an April Fool’s Day gag (done w/o permission) by the folks at Inventables back when Edward Ford was still with them and the current version was the Shapeoko 2. (it helps to understand that the Shapeoko 2 used a rotary tool (Altocraft brand) as a spindle).

(Bill) #23

Gotcha, thanks for the clarification.

I’ll cross my fingers and hope for a tool changer! Keep thinking the S04 will be announced right after I purchase. Currently using a friends upgraded s02 and getting sick of sharing. :grin:

(mark robinson) #24

Having a windows phone id rather the probe aswell lol

(F B) #25

If they release shapeoko 4 before they get a proper set of assembly instructions for shapeoko 3 I’ll be very disappointed.

(Jorge Sanchez) #26

It’s not a new machine. We’re going to restart work on the touch probe pretty soon though.
@1st_Kiwi_Nomad, good guess but not quite :wink:

(Leith) #27

Well that’s fantastic news, I’m glad to be wrong and glad the touch probe is still going to happen :slight_smile:

(Dan Nelson) #28

Can we get the features that used to work in CM3 working in CM4 before adding a new SuperDuperGoBuyAnAndroidTablet interface, or WashYourClothesWhileDoingCNC attachment?

I’ve sent these issues in to the beta email a couple times now with no response. I sent an email to support and got a response, very quickly (Thanks Will!), at this point I’m just trying to roll back to CM3 and Grbl 0.9, albeit unsuccessfully :frowning: I have said before, I really like new features, and I really like the new smoother CM4, but the missing/broken features make my machine a doorstop and adding “new” features does not solve the current bugs (especially if I have to buy more hardware just to make my machine functional again). I’m sorry for the public rant, but I’m getting really exhaustipated at this point. Are these features/bugs going to be corrected?

Thank you,


(Dan Nelson) #29

Update: With the help of Will at at Carbide support I was finally able to reflash back to Grbl 0.9 and CM3. All appears to be ok now, so I will quit moaning and go back to my previously programmed day :slight_smile:


(Craig) #30

Is the new offering a Carbide 3D pendant?

(Rob Grzesek) #31

The touch probes should go into production next week. We’ve got the Haas tied up making Nomad vises for a few days and then we’ll start on the (hopefully final) probe design.

We did start a pendant project at the end of 2016 and even had some PCB’s made. When we shifted to Carbide Motion 4, it became less necessary because we can just add a jog interface available over the network on your phone or tablet. Maybe we’ll go back to it at some point if there’s a demand.

Just to be clear- no new machines are in development at this point.

(William Adams) #32

On the pendant front, there’s a lot of easy functionality which can be had just by connecting a Wii Remote or wireless numeric keypad to the computer and using that.

@robgrz — I’d dearly love a button assignment for go home which could be mapped to a user-defined location for tool changes

Even better would be to add in support for a jog wheel such as the

(Tormach also uses this re-badged: )

There’s a bit written up on this sort of thing on the wiki:

(Jason) #33

You say production…are we to to pre-order? And any projected price for the probe?

(mikep) #34

I’ve been holding off building my own, waiting for this probe…getting closer yet?

(William Adams) #35

Oh yeah, and FWIW, I was totally wrong in my guess. That said, I did what little I could to help the surprise project along — but no idea when it’ll be released. Hopefully soon.

(Ivan Nix) #36

Touch plate a must, crazy not to have one for any machine you are milling on. Ready to see it.

(Brad) #37

Is the surprise a 4th axis addon?

Nomad 4th Axis Addon
(Leith) #38

i want to mega like that idea!!!

(mikep) #39

How are the touch probes coming along?

(Jaron Andre) #40

Looks like they’re coming along nicely in this instagram pic:

Can’t wait to get my hands on one of these.