Robotic Arm Makes Icing a Piece of Cake

Robotic Arm Makes Icing a Piece of Cake

Designers can use the Makerarm to laser engrave, power-carve and write a hand-written note

Jason Brick
  • 19 october 2015

Makerarm is a robotic assistant with an arm and interchangeable tool heads, a Jarvis-level assistant designed for makers ranging from Etsy shop owners to serious industrial inventors. The heads can 3D print, carve into wood, laser engrave into leather or plastic and assemble pieces together once finished.

Last decade saw an explosion in user-produced books, film and music because the means of production and distribution had become democratized by the Internet and steep drops in the cost of equipment. The 3D-print revolution is beginning to do the same thing for inventing, product design and manufacturing. Makerarm could push this trend forward by offering an affordable, flexible toolset that requires neither a five-figure investment nor a spare garage to house.

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Makerarm’s unique arm length gives it a wider work space than typical 3D printers and makes it easier to move. The arm can reach 15.7 inches from side to side, 31.4 inches wide and 10 inches tall. Engineers can take advantage of this by giving the arm plenty of space to create what they want, such as to scale ship replicas or parts.

The arms act on instructions entered via an attached smart phone, and are as accurate as anything similar on the market.

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The developers behind Makerarm have created a wide variety of heads, and opened instructions for makers to design and print their own custom, compatible tools.

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The developers are not interested in prohibiting any project from reaching its goals because they didn’t create the best part to use.



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