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By Karl Blacker & Melissa Ta
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We are at the early stages of setting up our own product design company and decided that we desperately needed the ability to manufacture our own ideas and products. A CNC router was the perfect solution as it allows aesthetically pleasing and fully functional products to be made. With 3D printing, particularly at the personal desktop level, we felt limited by the type of material we could use.

Having researched on the Internet we found that most of the kits and machines available where out of our price range. Those that did meet our budget were either unfit for purpose or had ceased production.

With that we decided to design and build our own. After lots of iteration we finally came up with a very simple and functional prototype that almost exclusively uses standardized parts. Every effort has been made to reduce the required number of machining operations.

As a start-up product design company we are aiming to design and make products that will enrich people’s life. Through our own struggles, it occurred to us that access to digital manufacturing technology is still relatively inaccessible for most people. With that in mind, we would like to offer CAMbot kits to help further improve this situation.

CAMbot is targeted at the people who do not have the time, money or skills to buy or design and build their own CNC machine. With this kit you get the fun of building, it doesn’t take much time or skill and it includes everything that is needed at one affordable and realistic price.

The Specs

• 450 x 450 mm build area
• Spindle speed from 5000 to 20000 rpm
• Feed rate totally depends on the material and nature of the design - to give you an idea, it preforms comparably to most other desktop CNC routers 
• Software runs on Windows, Mac OSX and Linux
• Weight is approx. 10 kg
• Construction instructions will be provided 

Risks and challenges

We have spent a lot of time on simplifying the manufacturing process to allow us to manufacture in larger volumes more easily. About 90% of CAMbot is made from standardized parts and we have already identified sources for those components. We just need to place bulk orders and to wait for delivery.

We can do the remaining machining ourselves concurrent to waiting on delivery of the other components. We have the capability to handle greater order volumes if it is required.

If something does go wrong we promise to be upfront and open. We will do our very best to rectify any issues as soon as possible. We will produce regular updates and you can email us at any time (contact@volican.com).

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    You will receive a thank you email containing some digital art that we have created. Your interest and support in our project is much appreciated!

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    Send us the type of phone you have and we will make you a customised wooden phone case. Give us some information about what you would like your phone case to have and we will create the art, get back to you for a review and then upon your satisfaction we will make it and send it out to you. Worldwide shipping included.

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    Tell us what you would like to have designed and made on our CNC router and we will design it for you, get back to you with designs for approval and then make and send out the item. The item must be less than 3 Kg in weight.

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    Pledge £350 or more About $543

    You get the CAMbot kit excluding the proxxon tool. Shipping within Europe included.

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    You get the full CAMbot kit including shipping within Europe. For other parts of the world please ask for delivery costs.

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    You get the full CAMbot kit and it will be personally delivered and set up for you. Only applies to Europe.

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