Dear John Smith,
We are happy to send you this next new issue of the DeskProto newsletter, about
"CNC machining for non-machinists". We hope that you will enjoy reading.
New terms for the hobby license !
This week the license terms for a DeskProto hobby license
have been changed. Reason is that many hobby users now and
then want to sell a CNC machined product (to cover some of their
cost) without the intention to create an income. The old hobby
license did not allow that.
The new hobby license allows such "hobby businesses",
up to an annual revenue of 3000 Euro.
This can of course also be used by a startup business, in
order to upgrade to a commercial license when the revenue has grown
above this limit.
When you need to stay at home because of the
corona-control regulations: this may be a good time to see if your
hobby CNC machine can be used to generate some extra income.
Or just for fun: the DeskProto
website offers nice free models for download! Both 2D and 3D models, see
DeskProto for MacOS delayed
Finalizing 'DeskProto for MacOS' to be released takes much more time than
expected. Our beta testers found a number of issues (thanks!), and
some of these can't easily be solved as Apple does not make things easy for software developers...
addition, the development for MacOS has now come to a halt: due to the corona
crisis the programmer is working from home, and from there
he can't access our development Mac computers.
So please be patient: the new version is on it's way,
though we cannot yet tell you when. The version for Linux will be completed
after the version for MacOS has been released.
Service release for DeskProto V7
In the DeskProto Help menu you can find the option "Check for
Update". It will tell you if you are using the latest build of the program:
we regularly release Bugfix Builds (Service releases)
The latest V7 build was released this month (rev 9534),
the list of fixes can be seen on the
Here you can also find a link to the Updater setup
(which can only be used when V7 has already been installed).
Download it and update your DeskProto V7 free of charge.
MiG-29 project in progress
In June last year model builder Mike (Australia) started a
a MiG-29 model jet,
scale 1:10. He started with test-parts
in foam, to check the parts before machining in
tooling board. The (many) steps in this process are shared
on our social media pages:
follow us to see each
step. Currently Mike is working on production molds
for the thin-walled actual parts in fiber-reinforced polyester.
This jet (a radio controlled flying model) will be optimized
for speed. Wingspan 1200 mm, total length 1550 mm. Jet engine will
be a 63V 90mm fan with 6 kg thrust.
Mike is an enthusiastic DeskProto user since 2006: DeskProto
proves to be a perfect tool for his application. Also see
a previous project by Mike: the Lockheed U-2 spy plane on
Try for yourself and download the DeskProto
Free edition from our website. To get
started you can use the tutorials (both video and PDF) and the sample geometries.
This is all possible completely free of charge !
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