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Milling a Metal Basketball Net

Milling a Metal Basketball Net

In this promotional spot for CAD/CAM software developer Open Mind, they demonstrate how a 5-axis CNC mill can transform a solid block of metal into a replica of a basketball net, by gradually carving away bits of metal until only a woven net remains. Skip to 1:06.

Milling a Metal Gear

Milling a Metal Gear

Machine shop DataPro shares hypnotic time-lapse footage of a Datron CNC milling machine, as it takes a disc of aluminum and transforms it into a precise and smoothly formed gear. It was shot as a time-lapse, but won’t it be awesome when machines can do this in real time?

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Machining the Eiffel Tower

Machining the Eiffel Tower

German CNC machine maker Hermle shares footage of its C 42 U 5-axis milling machine cranking out an intricate model of the Eiffel Tower, carved from a single block of solid aluminum. Why can’t we have a machine like this in The Awesomer office?

Perfect Fit Metal Art

Perfect Fit Metal Art

Artist Dieter Stahlwerx shows off a couple of his creations – thick metal sculptures which are cut so precisely that their second part nearly disappears into the background as it glides smoothly into place. Second video here.

Mag iCreatum All-in-One 3D Printer

Mag iCreatum All-in-One 3D Printer
~$115+  Pledge Comment

The Mag iCreatum is an extremely affordable and durable modular 3D printer. The delta-style printer features a 270mm x 300mm build area and automatic calibration. With the equally affordable optional modules, you can turn it into a laser engraver or a CNC carver and plotter.

Pocket NC V2 Milling Machine

Pocket NC V2 Milling Machine
$4999  Buy Link Comment

A brief look at the Pocket NC V2, an amazingly compact and precise 5-axis milling machine that’s small enough to put on your workbench. This desktop manufacturing marvel costs just under five grand, tens of thousands of dollars less than most 5-axis machines.

CNC Engraving Photos

CNC Engraving Photos

When combined with software that converts images into halftone or other artistic patterns, a computer-controlled engraving machine can produce some really impressive images by varying the depth of its carving bit. CNC user Jānis Šatrovskis shows off the technique.

High-tech Knifemaking

High-tech Knifemaking

We’ve seen knives being made using classic blacksmithing techniques, but Gough Custom, shows off how they make their Resolute MkIII knives using modern materials and CNC technology. Machines or not, there’s still a ton of labor and craftsmanship in each knife.

Machining a Sphere

Machining a Sphere

A (mostly) satisfying video which shows how a Heller 5-axis milling machine carves away at a solid block of metal, transforming it into a spherical shape, first starting with rough lines, and gradually refining it. Though we really need some closure after they left it with a flat top.

Goliath CNC

Goliath CNC
$1850+  Pledge Link Comment

A portable and affordable CNC machine. The Goliath has omnidirectional wheels that allows it to move directly on top of the material that it’s cutting. Its wheels are designed to ensure that dust and debris and won’t affect the machine’s accuracy.

Cubiio Laser Engraver

Cubiio Laser Engraver
$299+  Pledge Comment

Laser engravers are nifty, but they usually take up lots of space. The Cubiio aims to change that, offering up a computer-controlled laser engraver which can work just about anywhere. It can engrave a wide variety of materials, and cut through thin ones.

CNC Machining a Bust

CNC Machining a Bust

There’s something just so satisfying about watching this Thermwood 5-axis milling machine gradually transform a nondescript block of low-density foam into an intricately-carved sculpture. We wonder how long it took to complete the entire model.

Kniterate

Kniterate
$4700+  Pledge Link Comment

A CNC knitting machine. Kniterate (knit + iterate) lets you create apparel and accessories (or at least their prototypes) out of digital templates. You’ll be able to design templates using Kniterate’s web app or import previously made designs.

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DIY Knife Upgrade

DIY Knife Upgrade

Carbide3D shows us how to use one of their cool desktop CNC machines to carve upgraded wood and metal parts for a cheap Milwaukee Fastback knife. It’s a great demonstration of how desktop fabrication tools can make quick work of otherwise difficult tasks.

Making Robots from Soda Cans

Making Robots from Soda Cans

ApolloCrowe from Carbide 3D uses one of their Nomad desktop CNC machines to slice up soda cans, and transforms them into parts for a pair of robot sculptures. There’s a lot of handwork involved after the aluminum is cut, but it’s still cool to watch the machine work its magic.

Snapmaker 3D Printer

Snapmaker 3D Printer
$299-$439  Pledge Comment

A bargain-priced, compact 3D printer made primarily from sturdy metal components. It not only can print PLA, PVA, ABS and Nylon, but offers modules for carving and laser engraving. Our main concern is the lack of an enclosure for containing noise, odors, and debris.

Machining Darth Vader

Machining Darth Vader

Watch the Dark Lord come to life via modern machining tech, as an Okuma MU-5000V 5-axis mill completes milling a perfect metal bust of Star Wars’ baddie, courtesy of Morris Midwest. We’d love to see the sculpt from the beginning, but we’ll settle for metal Vader on our desk.

Wazer Desktop Waterjet Cutter

Wazer Desktop Waterjet Cutter
$4499  Pledge Comment

Until now, waterjet cutting has been reserved for large industrial shops, but the Wazer aims to bring the tech to every workshop. It uses a high pressure stream of water and abrasive particles to slice cleanly through even the hardest materials, with precision and smoothness.

LaserStacker

LaserStacker

Engineers from the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Germany’s Hasso Plattner Institute demonstrate an innovative use for a laser cutter – to not just cut materials, but to use their heat to weld layers together, forming fully-assembled 3D objects in the process.

The New X-Carve

The New X-Carve
$1329+  Buy Link Comment

Inventables updates its versatile, yet economical CNC carving machine to be more reliable and precise than ever before, ensuring that makers can use them not just for prototyping, but production work too. It comes in three sizes for a variety of needs.

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DIY 3D Carved Staircase

DIY 3D Carved Staircase

Maker Benjamin Uyeda used Inventables’ X-Carve 3D carving machine to cut hundreds of layers of wood, which he laminated together to make an impressive spiral staircase. The whole thing was made from 13 sheets of Purebond plywood. Full build video here.

Shaper Origin

Shaper Origin
$1499  Buy Link Comment

The world’s first handheld CNC machine uses adhesive markers to scan and keep track of your material. The cutting tool automatically retracts if you stray from the template or your work surface, and you can even save and resume your progress. Demo here.

Additive/Subtractive Combo Machine

Additive/Subtractive Combo Machine

Check out this footage of the DMG MORI Lasertec 65 3D, an amazing marvel of modern engineering which is capable of first building up rough metal forms using laser deposition welding, then switching heads to precisely mill and drill them into finished parts.

Makerarm

Makerarm
$1399+  Pledge Link Comment

Makerarm is a robotic arm with a variety of tool heads that allow it to 3D print (both filament and resin) write, draw, cut, carve, pick & place and more. You can also teach it new actions, control it over Wi-Fi and make multiple units work together.

CNC Milling a Bike Helmet

CNC Milling a Bike Helmet

While we’re not sure of the practical uses for a metal bike helmet, we’re still mesmerized by this Mazak Variaxis 5-axis milling machine as it replicates a Rudy Project Windmax helmet from a block of aluminum using PowerMILL software.

Replicating a Gargoyle

Replicating a Gargoyle

Using Scantech’s SL 3D scanner and a 5-axis Breton CNC machine, they were able to precisely recreate a damaged stone gargoyle from Denmark’s Kronborg Castle. Imagine the work it would have taken to do the job by hand.

Phlatprinter III

Phlatprinter III
$1250  Buy Link Comment

This cool machine lets you cut foam and other sheet materials up to 27″ wide and 2″ thick using your computer as a controller. Computer and Shop-Vac not included. Also draws with Sharpies.

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