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First ever affordable 5axis multi-fabricator that brings most advanced fabrication right to your desk
First ever affordable 5axis multi-fabricator that brings most advanced fabrication right to your desk
135 backers pledged £57,927 to help bring this project to life.

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Our reason for this project:

We’ve designed machine that combines multi- fabrication methods: 5axis milling being one of them. 5AXISMAKER is a machine versatile enough to fabricate most advanced design prototypes in readily available material while on your desktop right next to you.

Stretch Goal £70K: every backer who gets 5AXISMAKER will receive from us a one-to-one tutorial on how to realise your very own project on 5AXISMAKER. 

Being an alumni of Architectural Association we’ve had an access to most advanced fabrication tools in the world. Yet there is no desktop prototyping machine that has versatility to replicate this technology. 

Our company has been initially found as design and fabrication practise, and after years of working with wide range of designers from different fields it has become clear that one should have an instant access to a pallet of prototyping tools. We wanted same machine to include a set of tools like CNC mill, touch-probe, 3d printer, wire-cutter and have a potential for further add-ons. 

That is why we have developed 5AXISMAKER.

Most advanced fabrication comes to your desk!

We felt limited by typical desktop machines which either use only plastic or severely limited by geometry they can produce or are too small to make useful prototypes. 

We created 5 axis platform that gives you an unprecedented versatility compared to 3axis platforms of readily available 3d printers and desktop cnc mills. It lets the tool work on details of the model that other machines could not reach. 5AXISMAKER comfortably sits on your desk and has a large fabrication volume for its size. 

5AXISMAKER is a multi fabricator, simply swap the tool head and it becomes a different type of machine. There is 5axis milling tool that brings you the power of the most common digital manufacturing process in the world. You could attach a 3d printing head and start printing objects in minutes, or use a touch probe to scan physical objects in to 3d models. These are all real world fabrication techniques so you can prototype fabrication process yourself, you can be in control of process affecting your design. There is a potential for practically all digital fabrication techniques to be combined in one platform and we need your help to complete development of this amazing tool! 

 Software

Typically 5 axis machines are extremely large and expensive and software makers don’t see why they should produce an affordable software and this is one of the reasons this technology hasn’t reached the maker community yet. This machine has a potential to break this paradigm and revolutionise the field of desktop prototyping machines.

There are open source options for 5axis software that are being developed at the moment so it is now possible to have an affordable 5 axis system. 

We have created our own open source Grasshopper script that allows programming of 5axis machine. We will continue its development and hope that maker community will join us in this challenge. 

 Stretch goal

However if we reach our stretch goal of £300,000 we would be able to develop a stand alone easy to use, fully featured software package, which we will share with every backer of this project. 

Accessories

Available after Kickstarter Campaign:

- fully enclosed box (to get the work done dust free)

-vacuum table (for easy material filtering)

Technical specifications

Production timeline

Shipping

Shipping prices vary by location and country and will be handled separately after the Kickstarter. Shipping costs vary by location, UK deliveries are around £50.

 Special thanks to people who helped to make this project come to life! We have been long at work and if this project makes a difference for at least someone then it's a success for us!

Risks and challenges

One of the challenges for us is to convey that the cost of this machine comes from it being a more intricate design. We use materials and parts of superior quality to make sure that this machine will last. We hope that people understand once they invest money in this machine there is no hidden material costs from us for selling any material that it works with as it practically works with any of the shelf material.

We’ve been testing 5AXISMAKER for sometime now. We are confident that mechanical and electrical designs are solid.

There is a risk in meeting deadline which can be solved by hiring more people to our team.

Minor delays due to unforeseen circumstances during production process.

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    Pledge £1 or more About $1.63

    MAKER REVOLUTION: Thank you! We will appreciate your support and will put your name in a list of people who made this project happen!

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    MAKER FUEL: In order to appreciate your support we will send you our celebrating animation of jelly bears dancing! AND access to a very first webinar on how to mill your very own models of your design with 5axismaker.

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    ALPHA SPIN: Be the first to receive every updated version of Gcode generator copy to work with any 5axis machine! Let's take it for a spin!

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    Pledge £100 or more About $163

    UnBEARably GOOD: receive your "gummy" bear milled on 5axismaker in timber or acrylic, become part of most advanced fabrication process. (Shipping included)

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    Pledge £1,000 or more About $1,629

    DO IT ALL: Let's work together on your project! Send us any 3d model of choice, and we will do a custom tutorial including setting up a gcode for your model with a step-by-step description.

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    Pledge £4,499 or more About $7,329

    5AXISMAKER KICKSTARTER SPECIAL:
    Base 5axismaker: 5axis machine + 1milling tool head + Set of Tools (Touchprobe, 3dprinter, Wire-cutter, Adaptor for other tools). 5axismaker cutting/making volume 400x400x400 mm. You are the first to take 5axismaker for a spin! (Shipping paid separately)

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    Pledge £4,890 or more About $7,965

    5AXISMAKER SUPER DEAL:
    Base 5axismaker machine (cutting volume 400x400x400mm) + 1milling tool head + Set of Tools (Touchprobe, 3dprinter, Wire-cutter, Adaptor for other tools). You are the second to take 5axismaker for a spin! (Shipping paid separately)

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    Pledge £4,990 or more About $8,128

    5AXISMAKER GREAT DEAL: Base
    5axismaker machine + 1milling tool head + Set of Tools (Touchprobe, 3dprinter, Wire-cutter, Adaptor for other tools). 5AXISMAKER cutting/making volume 400x400x400 mm ( size can be customised to larger after the campaign). (Shipping paid separately)

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Funding period

- (35 days)