About this project
CNC Piranha Fx - Make Anything.
Piranha Fx is the Make Anything machine. It will be the only machine available that can carve, laser engrave or 3D print – no other machine can do ALL of these things!
Piranha Fx is the latest in a long line of maker and woodworking machinery from a small, but super-innovative company, called Next Wave Automation. Shown below is Piranha Fx with the included Laser Engraver Module.
Piranha started off as a highly capable CNC – Computer Numerically Controlled – machine for woodworkers. But Piranha Fx, with your help, will be an entirely new generation of machine – a make anything machine.
Piranha Fx will include three easy to use modules letting you carve, laser engrave and 3D print, all on a single machine, all using a super simple, highly intuitive touch screen, all with an optional digitizer.
Piranha Fx is an all-inclusive, CNC routing machine that lets you design and carve just about anything.
Whether you want to carve in wood, aluminum, soft metal or plastic, Piranha Fx can handle it all. Though easy enough for a novice, Piranha Fx is also a very serious CNC! You will not outgrow the Piranha Fx and because it uses a standard router, the possibilities and flexibility are virtually endless.
Piranha Fx includes everything you need, just choose your material and press “Run.”
Piranha Fx has a sophisticated and powerful – yet easy-to-use - laser module that can cut or engrave flat sheet materials such as paper, wood, plastic or fabric. What’s unique about the Piranha Fx laser is that you can engrave existing images, like photographs or drawings, in addition to creating your own designs. The laser is a full variable laser that allows you to control how much power you would like to use.
Piranha Fx can also perform raster functions (that means engraving one line at a time) that will allow you to load in an image or actual photograph and have it engraved onto a number of surfaces. You can either create your own design OR import an existing picture or design into the included Vectric software. Download onto a thumb drive or connect your computer directly to Piranha and you’re ready to engrave. Right on a desktop or a small workbench, from design to prototype, you can make just about anything, quickly and easily.
Piranha Fx – Print Anything using the 3D Printing Module. Piranha Fx also comes with a 3D Printing Module. Now your maker and prototype tool arsenal is complete. And, just like with the carving and laser modules, you can either design your own object with the included Vectric software on your own pc or laptop OR you can get the optional digitizer to copy an existing object. Replicate parts, create figures, design and fabricate literally anything. Your design and DIY manufacturing ability is limitless with Piranha Fx’ 3D printer.
Piranha Fx – Copy or Re-create anything when you use the optional 3D Digitizer.
Piranha‘s digitizer is also perfect for hand-made objects you might want to mass produce. Want to recreate a hard to source part? Want to copy a game piece? Piranha Fx can do it all. See the digitizer in action below, “copying” an intricate American eagle relief in wood:
Piranha Fx - Carve, Engrave or Print. Design or Recreate.
Piranha Fx will be made in the USA by Next Wave Automation, located in Holland, OH. Next Wave Automation is a small company founded a little over eight years ago and has been widely recognized for its CNC Woodworking routers. In order for Next Wave to bring Piranha Fx to market, they need the help of the Kickstarter community so that they can produce an affordable unit. Review the Piranha Fx campaign reward levels and you will see how affordable Next Wave will be able to make the Piranha Fx! Better yet, people who get a Piranha Fx will have full access to Next Wave’s tech support team and software updates, help and other resources.
Risks and challenges
Piranha Fx will be made in the USA by Next Wave Automation, a highly regarded company that's been widely recognized for its CNC Woodworking routers. Next Wave is already in the manufacturing business - though small, Next Wave has dedicated engineers, tech support and admin already in place. All engineering, design, manufacturing and assembly is done at Next Wave Automation. We already have working prototypes and now just need the funding to ramp up production. We're not saying that nothing can go wrong, we're just saying that we're a reliable, proven small company.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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