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    1. Announcements

      Get the latest news and announcements about OpenBuilds, including new releases and development updates.
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    2. General Talk

      Chat it up with other builders about whats new and interesting
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  1. Open Builds

    This is where all the shared builds discussions are located.
    1. CNC Mills/Routers

      CNC Router Builds
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    2. Laser Cutters

      Share your builds of laser cutters, water jets or plasma cutters here.
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    3. CNC Lathes

      Lathe Style Builds
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    4. DrawBots

      DrawBots Builds
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    5. Vacuum Forming Machines

      Vacuum Forming Machine Builds
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    6. SHOWCASE

      Here's the place to showcase the awesome projects created on your builds. For example, cool CNC routed signs or 3D printed projects, etc... Have fun and show the community all the greatness that can be made from your builds!
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    7. * CONTESTS * Win Cool Stuff!

      Here you will find fun contest for you to enter and win!!!Join the fun!
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  2. Share Build Ideas

    Share your machine ideas and concepts with others.
    1. Concepts and Ideas

      Have a good idea or concept for a machine or mechanism? Discuss it here
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    2. Share Parts

      Resource parts will be discussed here, keep in mind these parts are shared as open source if posted.
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    3. FREEStore

      Items listed here are not affiliated with and have not been reviewed by OpenBuilds. If you have any questions regarding an item, please contact the poster. OpenBuilds is not involved in any FREEStore-related transactions.
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  3. Projects

    What Have You Been Making With Your Machines?
    1. 3D Printing Projects

      Projects made with 3D Printers
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    2. CNC Projects

      Projects made with CNC Machine
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    3. Laser Projects

      Projects Made With Lasers
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  4. Tips and Guides

    Please share helpful advice and tutorials/guides here.
    1. Tutorials

      Share your helpful tutorials/ how to tips here. Example tutorials may be how to solder or may be how to make a screwdriver tip magnetic etc...
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    2. Helpful Tools

      Add helpful tools here like pulley ratio calculators,center distance designers,etc.
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  5. Software

    Discuss Software for designing parts as well as software for machine control here
    1. CAD

      Discuss CAD (Computer Assisted Design) Software Here Example: Sketchup - Rhino - Solid Works - AutoCAD etc...
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    2. CAM

      Discuss CAM (Computer Assisted Manufacturing) [Software Here Control Software] Example: Mach - Pronterface - Repetier - Creator - MakerCAM - CNCUSB - Grbl Controller etc...
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    3. Control Software

      Discuss the different available control options out there for the machines you build.
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    4. Other Software

      Discuss any other helpful software that does not fit in the categories above
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  6. Electronics

    Discuss machine control electronics that drive your machines here
    1. Controller Boards

      Discuss cnc controller boards Ramps/Ardunio - Grbl Controller - smoothie - Gen 7 - Sanguinololu - Megatronics - Easy_electronics etc..
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    2. General Electronics

      Discuss electronics in general or electronic items not in a specific category.
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  7. MakerSpace Hangout

    Local Makerspace hangout. Contact OpenBuilds to add your makerspace here!
    1. OpenBuilds Bug Report

      If you find an error or something that looks out of place in OpenBuilds, please let us know here. We will look into your report as soon as possible. Please do not report bugs in builds here. Builds have their own forums for discussion.
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    2. Suggestions

      Do you have suggestions for the OpenBuilds website or forum? Please let us know
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    3. OpenBuilds Forum Help

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