Like any other technological device currently out there, newer 3-D printing machines aim to out-do the competition and take things to the next level. Enter Mebotics LLC, a group of four friends who spent the past year building the Microfactory. Becoming known as "the world's first Machine Shop in a Box", the Microfactory combines additive and subtractive manufacturing into the same machine.
Aside from 3-D printing up to four colors and with multiple materials, the Microfactory can do other tasks like cut wood and precisely mill and etch parts into shapes--even something as intricate as a circuitboard. Its noise-reducing housing and WiFi connectivity also makes it possible for the machine to be operated anywhere, anytime.
Other features include a shop-vac hose enabling the machine to "clean up after itself" as it operates, a full on-board computer, and industry standard built-in software. And to no surprise, the hybrid-manufacturing machine ain't cheap, with preorder prices starting at $3,995.
Last week, Mebotics launched a Kickstarter fund with an ambitious $1 million goal by Sept. 27 to determine public interest and garner support for the final stages of preparing the Microfactory for large-scale production in early 2014.
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For more details on The Microfactory, check out Kickstarter or this press release on its debut. You can also visit Mebotics' website and Facebook.
All images from the Microfactory Kickstarter.