Danal's passing


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    It's been brought to my attention that one of our most active and valued community members has passed away. If you've ever read one of Danal's helpful and informative posts you'll likely be as disheartened as I was to learn that he has passed.

    https://www.dignitymemorial.com/obituaries/frisco-tx/danal-estes-9198882



  • Terrible news. He was one of the Duet community's best assets, I always enjoyed both his posts and our emails back and forth. Thanks for sharing the link, @Phaedrux .



  • @Phaedrux, thanks for sharing. This is sad. I appreciated his contributions here.

    BTW, for anybody that may be interested, his duet related code is in this link. For example a python API to talk to a duet board. https://github.com/DanalEstes



  • Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

    While I did not know him personally his contributions should be remembered.

    Frederick



  • This is heartbreaking news, but thanks for sharing.

    Danal and I only interacted online over the last 6 months, but he certainly left his footprints behind on my work in ways that really kept me going.

    Danal was the first person I know of to build a Jubilee and join the Jubilee Discord. When I kicked the files online back in September, Danal was the first person to find bugs and improvements for the documentation. In the months that followed, Danal took Jubilee and the rest of the community with him to a whole different level of capability by writing TAMV, a machine vision add-on enabling automatic tool offset alignment using an upwards facing webcam.

    But let's forget about project contributions for a second. Danal was the first one to jump onto Jubilee Discord, and his discussion points was always sincere. And he became one of the chattiest community members, answering a multitude of first-timer questions and setting the tone for a warm discussion where new folks can learn from experts in a laid back session of IRC. In the tough world of online discussion forums, some earnest, light-hearted chat is hard to come by, but Danal was the one who set the tone for that. It was incredibly refreshing to engage with Danal online. Through his sincerity and responsiveness, it was like he believed that people would put their best feet forward if you did the same first.

    I will miss a ton of things about this guy. I'll miss his transparency, his willingness to solve a problem and then share a well-formed solution online in code. I'll miss his kindness, how he always tried to meet folks where they were at in answering their questions. And I'll certainly miss his excitement for this stuff. Seriously, Danal was one hell of a great human beings to have hanging around these parts of the internet with us. It's going to be tough without him, but I think it's on us to keep echoing some of his character in the stuff we do here.



  • I'm shocked and speechless. That's so sad.



  • This is not the type of forum post I was expecting or wanting to read. I'd noticed we'd not heard from him recently but never expected this as the reason.

    He was always helpfully chiming in on all sorts of different projects, be it Delta's, tool changers, corexy's or supporting one of his many software contributions.

    This forum (and the rest of the 3D printing world) will be quieter without him and he will definitely be missed.

    Thank you Danal for the support you've given everyone.


  • administrators

    Danal gave so much to this community, he will be sorely missed. He was generous with his time helping people, as well as pushing the state of the art forward.


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    Such sad news. His impact on the community was great, and I always enjoyed reading his posts. For posterity: https://forum.duet3d.com/user/danal

    Ian


  • administrators

    Danal helped so many users solve problems on this forum, racking up ~3500 posts in not much more than two years. He developed several open source projects related to Duet - see the link in @zapta's post above - including DuetLapse. His death must have been sudden because he was on this forum the previous evening. We will miss him greatly.



  • @dc42 said in Danal's passing:

    Danal helped so many users solve problems on this forum, racking up ~3500 posts in not much more than two years. He developed several open source projects related to Duet - see the link in @zapta's post above - including DuetLapse. His death must have been sudden because he was on this forum the previous evening. We will miss him greatly.

    David

    We will all miss his input and help but is there any way that his work on DuetLapse and the Python stuff he did get preserved with the Duet systems.

    It would be a sacrilege if that was lost to everyone as some of his accounts are likely to get closed down in time.

    Doug



  • So sad. I particularly appreciate DuetLapse, and Danal was so helpful to so many people.



  • I was shocked by hearing that. I remember Danal as being very helpful and polite.

    Such sudden events remember me that we are all mortal and how important it is to "carpe diem".



  • I am saddened by the news. While I had limited direct interaction with Danal, his posts were always insightful and his projects an inspiration. He will certainly be missed in all the communities he participated in.


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    We will all miss his input and help but is there any way that his work on DuetLapse and the Python stuff he did get preserved with the Duet systems.

    It would be a sacrilege if that was lost to everyone as some of his accounts are likely to get closed down in time.

    Doug

    I have forked DuetLapse. DuetPython and TAMV to the Duet3D account. I am not sure low long github keeps accounts that become inactive up - I imagine a long time.



  • @T3P3Tony said in Danal's passing:

    We will all miss his input and help but is there any way that his work on DuetLapse and the Python stuff he did get preserved with the Duet systems.

    It would be a sacrilege if that was lost to everyone as some of his accounts are likely to get closed down in time.

    Doug

    I have forked DuetLapse. DuetPython and TAMV to the Duet3D account. I am not sure low long github keeps accounts that become inactive up - I imagine a long time.

    Thanks Tony I suspect you may be right but better of not taking that Chance.



  • So sorry to hear this. He was an extremely helpful chap. My sympathies go out to his family and friends.

    Tom



  • Danal's passion to contribute to the Duet community will be sorely missed
    RIP Danal



  • Shocked to hear this. Very sad.



  • Condolences to the his family and to the Duet3d family...very sad news!😪😪😪



  • Oh my. I just saw this. It is indeed a great loss. I have also forked DuetLapse, DuetWebApi, DuetPython, PythonDSF and DuetVersions and will endeavor to support the contributions he's made to the community as I am able.



  • This is so sad. Danal has helped me many times and anyone can see he made a huge impact on this community. He will be missed.



  • A close friend of mine passed away last December. He was a brilliant technologies with 100+ patents on his name and a home office full of machines and contraptions. It was interesting to watch how all of that valuable equipment has little value to the loving family left behind and the burden of disposing them. It's then that I realized that it's the person that gives the value to those machines, including our 3d contraption. From my brief interaction with Danal here, I believe that he gave value for a lot of things in his life and in multiple disciplines of technology and I respect it.



  • A sudden and early parting is the worst and I hope that Danal's values will carry forward in the communities and individuals he helped so much.

    Does anyone know an address to send a print out of this thread to? It was a little joy to my Aunt to receive reminders of the people my Uncle influenced and helped. And how they planned to carry the things he cared about on.


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    @Baenwort No, but the link in the original post allows you to leave a message.


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