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FLUX Beamo Review: An Easy and Compact CO2 Laser Cutter/Engraver

FLUX Beamo Review: An Easy and Compact CO2 Laser Cutter/Engraver
Ever since I saw a CO2 laser cutter in action at a maker space I visited, I always wanted to have one for my own workshop. The ability to cleanly cut and engrave materials with laser precision has all kinds of uses, from cutting out flat-pack models and puzzles, to adding logos and personalization to objects.

Othermill Pro Etches, Mills, and Prototypes Precise Circuit Boards on Your Desktop

Othermill Pro Etches, Mills, and Prototypes Precise Circuit Boards on Your Desktop
It wasn’t long ago that if you wanted to create precise circuit board prototypes, you’d have to send them out to a shop to be made. That approach isn’t exactly conducive to fostering creativity, and limits engineers’ willingness to experiment.
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MotionKit Teaches Computerized Motion: CNC Jane Run

MotionKit Teaches Computerized Motion: CNC Jane Run
CNC machines have been around for decades, but the past few years have seen the rise of CNC machines for small-scale or personal use. If you’re interested in learning how exactly these machines work, check out MotionKit.

Makerarm Industrial Robotic Arm: One Stop & One Armed Shop

Makerarm Industrial Robotic Arm: One Stop & One Armed Shop
Last month we featured the Dobot, a precise robotic arm that can plot, laser engrave and pick and place objects. But if you’re looking for something even more versatile, the Makerarm might be for you. It can also draw, use a laser head and assemble objects, but you can also use it as a 3D printer, a PCB fabricator, a soldering station and even a screwdriver.

Glowforge Laser Cutter: Make-A-Sketch

Glowforge Laser Cutter: Make-A-Sketch
“What if you could cut a piece of wood in half by drawing a line on it?”, Glowforge Founder and CEO Dan Shapiro asks in his interview with Tested. That’s the elevator pitch for his company’s eponymous machine: A nearly idiot proof CNC laser cutter and engraver.

Using Disk Drives and 3D Printers as MIDI Musical Instruments

Using Disk Drives and 3D Printers as MIDI Musical Instruments
We’ve seen floppy drives and hard drives used to make music, but laurens.weyn’s Unconventional Instrument Orchestra can use “pretty much anything with steppers, or anything that makes noise on a signal pulse as percussion.” That includes hard drives, and floppy drives along with 3D printers, CNC machines and even doorbells.

Tooli 4-in-1 Desktop CNC Machine: Draw It, Cut It, Paint It, Engrave, Dispense, Pick & Place It

Tooli 4-in-1 Desktop CNC Machine: Draw It, Cut It, Paint It, Engrave, Dispense, Pick & Place It
Last year, we featured the Nomad, a desktop CNC mill. Toolbotics’ Tooli is also a desktop CNC machine, but it’s meant for arts and crafts. Its four optional heads lets you automate a variety of tasks, from drawing to assembling small items.

UberBlox Modular System Lets You Make 3D Printers, Robots and More: Makerstorms

UberBlox Modular System Lets You Make 3D Printers, Robots and More: Makerstorms
UberBlox Systems has designed the industrial equivalent of LEGO Mindstorms. Uberblox lets you make machines such as 3D printers, CNC mills and robots using modular parts and controllers that are based on Arduino or Raspberry Pi.

X-Carve 3D Carving Machine: Cut All the Things

X-Carve 3D Carving Machine: Cut All the Things
One of the coolest companies out there for the DIY and Maker scene has got to be Inventables. Based here in my home town of Chicago, they not only sell a wide variety of materials and equipment for 3D printing, milling and laser cutting, they also make some gear themselves.

Shoes that Look Like Meteorites: Debrislliant Idea

Shoes that Look Like Meteorites: Debrislliant Idea
Instead of a sewing machine, Studio Swine used a CNC mill to make its eye-catching Meteorite Shoes. The studio used a 3D scanner to scan meteorite samples at the Natural History Museum. They used the resulting 3D files to create a design for the shoes’ upper.

5axismaker Multi-fabricator: Mill, Scan, Print, Spray & Cut

5axismaker Multi-fabricator: Mill, Scan, Print, Spray & Cut
We’ve seen a couple of compact machines that can print, scan or mill objects. Fedor Gridnev and Elena Gaidar want to raise the bar for affordable workshop machines with the 5axismaker. It’s a 5-axis milling machine, a 3D printer, a 3D scanner, a water jet cutter and a wire cutter in one.

Nomad CNC Mill Turns Desktops into Workshops

Nomad CNC Mill Turns Desktops into Workshops
A company called Carbide3D claims it has developed a CNC mill that’s as compact and user-friendly as the latest consumer-grade 3D printers. The company’s Nomad 883 will be sold fully assembled and connects to computers via USB.

The Desktop Manufacturing Revolution

The Desktop Manufacturing Revolution
Perhaps the most exciting area of technological growth for the early 21st century is in the realm of machines which make it fast, inexpensive and easy for anyone to create physical objects. Devices such as 3D printers, laser cutters, tabletop milling machines and other computer-controlled manufacturing tools are now within reach of small business entrepreneurs and hobbyists, and are headed towards the consumer market as well.

Billet Dock: A Modern and Minimal Home for Your iOS Devices

Billet Dock: A Modern and Minimal Home for Your iOS Devices
So you’re about to receive your new iPad, whether it’s by mail or you’re picking it up at an Apple store. You’ll have to get a nice, new docking solution for it, right? Check out the Billet Dock that’s available through Kickstarter.

Wood iPhone Boombox Gets Birthed by Shopbot

Wood iPhone Boombox Gets Birthed by Shopbot
Are you tired of looking for that perfect iPhone boombox? Are you sick of those cheap looking plastic ones in every store? Take a look at this minimal  wooden boombox.

3Tone Halftone Art: Painting with Drill Bits

3Tone Halftone Art: Painting with Drill Bits
When it comes down to it, pretty much every image you look at is made up of dots – whether it’s a digital image made of tiny pixels, the fine grain in film stock, or the halftone patterns you see in traditional printed media.
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