Thursday, September 24, 2015
What's Next 9/24/2015
What's Next: A quick look into future technology news
Today we have great innovations and developments in ease of use in the small CNC industry.
Printrbot Releases the New Crawlbot:
This new CNC router from printrbot does not include a table! Instead you attach it to the plywood or sheet material you are cutting (or alternatively it is sized large enough to build a table bigger than a sheet). But at its core it's "the size of a golf bag", so it can easily be transported to a site or the material. As opposed to other full sheet machines, that need a crane to be delivered.
I've had my eye on printrbot since they first debuted, they seem like an exemplary company from what I've seen.
Image Credit; Makezine Review;
GlowForge Looks to Revolutionize Laser Cutting:
Using advanced sensors and software (why has no one done this yet?) and even more advanced software, the Glowforge laser cutter takes the user interface completely out of using a cutter. Just draw a design, the cameras inside record the design and convert it to laser motions. Then hit go, basically. There's no CAD, no drivers, no illustrations,
Additionally no privacy, but quick don't think about that (every design goes into "the cloud" for the magic image processing and other mysterious things).
It looks like an amazing machine, the bigger one with an included pass through, (use any length material as long as it's no wider than 20in) the machine tracks the material as its pulled through.
More: Here; Here; and Here.