Friday, April 3, 2015

All-in-one fablab

Here’s an interesting Kickstarter. It’s called BoXZY  and it’s a combination 3D printer, CNC mill and laser engraver. If the Kickstarter progress is any indication, there is a lot of interest ($500,000 on a $50K goal with 15 days left in the campaign.) 

It should be able to mill very precisely (4 micron resolution) - it uses ball screws rather than the belts that may of the other 3D printers use. It comes with interchangeable milling heads and can mill brass, aluminum, plastics and hardwood. It laser-cuts wood, leather or plastic and can print with multiple kinds of filliment (PLE, PVA, Ninja-flex, ABS, Nylon.) I didn’t see a heated bed option or cooling/oil injection for aluminum milling (I asked - I'll update here with any answer I get.)

They’re planning to deliver product yet this year and it looks like it may be priced between $2500 and $3500 depending on options (and markup…) 

I've been experimenting with a PrinterBot - and learning Sketchup at the same time. I'll blog on this experience sometime later this month.

Have you used a 3D printer? What has been your experience?

BoXZY milling/routing attachment

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