Machine shop in a box could be the next step in the DIY revolution.
Even if 3D-printing might seem like the be all and end all of fabrication technology, there is a group of people who thought they could do better. So they came up with a box that can 3-D-print, bevel, edge, and cut all manner of materials right on your desktop.
Known as The Microfactory, the box is actually a fully fledged miniature production facility. It uses four print heads with two independently controlled heaters, meaning it can print in four colors at once, or print simultaneously with two different materials. A central drill also lets users mill and etch plastics, metals, and wood, meaning that you can mix machining and printing.
All of this is sealed inside a box that can fit on your desk. A see-through door lets you see what is going on inside – and reduces noise by 10 decibels. Cleaning the mini-factory is easy as well, just hook up a shopvac using the port on the side.
Built-in magnetic sensors on the door mean its safe as well, stopping any process when it’s opened – there is even a panic button should the situation be more serious.
Watch out for a Kickstarter campaign over the next few weeks that will go towards an even more advanced machine, capable of milling steel!
If you have the time, be sure to watch this video that demonstrates how much potential the machine really has:
If you are a little short on time, this video should give you all the information you need: