I’m sorry for the slow reply. It’s been a busy week. You’ve brought up some really good points. I’ll try to answer your questions as best I can.
Since the V-One launched we’ve made several improvements to both the software and hardware over the years and there is a lot of appetite to continue. The challenge though is our bandwidth. We are still a very small team and it seems like our biggest constraint is the number of hours in the day.
NOVA will be browser based, so desktop software will not need to be installed. (The interface will be very similar to the V-One software though).
However, we’ve spent time making our code modular so that we can share libraries between the V-One and NOVA platforms effectively. Improvements to our core algorithms (i.e - gerber processing, height mapping and toolpath planning) will benefit both platforms.
Yes - 100%. We will continue stocking consumables and replacement parts for the V-One for the foreseeable future.
I want to clarify that NOVA is not necessarily an upgraded V-One. There are some features that the V-One has that NOVA does not, namely the integrated heater and the drilling attachment. Instead NOVA comes equipped with a vacuum bed which is better suited for flexible substrates.
When developing NOVA, we took all the lessons learned from the V-One and implemented them into NOVA. Once NOVA launches we would like to take all the lessons learned from NOVA and implement them back into the V-One.
Consumables will be compatible. We will continue using the 5cc paste cartridges and the same nozzles. Unfortunately physical attachments will not be cross-compatible as the mounting interface between the systems is incompatible.
If you are interested in obtaining an early access NOVA, I would encourage you to reach out to our sales team (firstname.lastname@example.org) or fill out the form here.
We appreciate your kind words and support. If you have any more questions feel free to reply to this post, or reach out through our live chat.
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