Hey all. I’m Josh the originator and admin of the Facebook Shapeoko and Nomad User’s Group. I have had a SO3 XXL for a couple of years, but I now have a Nomad Pro in the stable. It joins my SO3 XXL with Jtech 7W laser, four FDM 3D printers, one resin printer, some aerospace machine running experience, a decade of fabrication experience, self taught CAD/CAM, a dash of madness, and a few tools out in the shop.
I actually contacted Carbide 3D with a potential opportunity for both them and myself. I’m way into amateur rocketry. Not only does this satisfy my need to have hobbies that challenge me from an engineering standpoint, it makes 12 year old Josh (about as far as I’ve progressed in maturity) happy to be a (crappy) rocket scientist. I have completed my level 1 &2 certifications and am in the acquisition, planning, and design phase for my level 3 rocket and certification. But assembling a kit is not what I consider fun and challenging…so time to over-engineer some rocket parts! I also have 3D printer mods/upgrades, custom parts for my vintage BMW motorcycle restoration and modification, and other projects planned that will fit nicely on the work envelope and ethos of the Nomad Pro. Amateur rocketry is a group of people that are very DIY and I have not seen any hobby CNC companies market to them. The Nomad Pro (and the Shapeoko for other parts) fits a lot of the needs of that group. Carbide 3D agreed that my planned projects would be a good opportunity for them, that my background/skill set can make it happen, and were kind enough sent me a Nomad Pro with a host of their peripherals to use as well. I am required to document my projects and share files, which was my plan to do regardless. I’m not required to give a review or praise, and they are happy for me to continue my strict policy of honesty and openness. I will share my projects, success, failures, opinions, data, and let you form your opinions while I share mine. Besides, how are pictures and videos from 25,000 ft (and MUCH higher planned in the future) not good marketing?
So look forward to some literal (amateur) rocket science in the group! I also plan to jump on some more SO3 projects as well and plan to keep both machines busy documenting projects, sharing files, and making sure the community we’ve built thrives and stays a useful place for us to get help and share information. Thanks go out to the Carbide 3D team for having faith in my abilities.