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About this project

[UPDATE: some design info is posted in Update #4]

Hi, I’m Jeffrey Matthias, founder of FurnLab, and I want to help you see your awesome designs get produced on your own CNC machine. I also want to reduce dependence on doodads that are made in one land only to be shipped way over to another land.                 

So here’s the pitch.FurnLab will fully develop and release building plans for an open source, production-ready, precise and fast CNC machine that anyone with a toolbox and a dream can assemble for less than:

> $2500 for a 2’x4’ machine
> $4000 for a 4’x4’ machine
> $7500 for a 4’x8’ machine

The FurnLab open source machine will be capable of producing professional-grade products, so get your design hats on and start thinking up all the possibilities.

Because that’s what we did.Which is why we needed a dependable full-size CNC machine setup—so that FurnLab could successfully design, produce and sell super awesome furniture. But the cost of a CNC machine with a tool changer and vacuum hold-down system rang in at more than $48,000! 

We were disheartened to find that not only could we not justify the cost of even an entry-level system, but neither could we find any DIY plans that would provide us with the professional, full-size, low-cost machine we so desperately needed.

Then a light bulb came on—you know, we had an idea.
Why couldn’t we come up with our own plan for building a CNC machine that met our high standards and then share the awesomeness with the rest of our fellow makers? So we got to work at building a machine (with all the bells and whistles*) that would cost less than $15,000.

Now we need your help.
To finish our machine’s detail work, document our build process, publish complete plans  and instructions and provide thank you gifts to our supporters, we need to raise at least $20,000. Of course, the more money we can raise, the more time we can put toward developing this project.

Ideally, we’d love to do more, like …

  • Develop a kit to go along with the machine plans, so that if someone wants to save time we can sell and ship that person a kit, complete with building plans and all the parts needed to put the machine together.
  • Continue development for production heads. We can't wait to provide endless options for what your machine can do. “You mean options like a laser cutter, large resolution plastic extruder and plasma cutter?” Yes, yes, yes!
  • Build community support. We are working to build a community platform for users to connect by sharing experiences specific to owning and operating a FurnLab CNC machine. (And while they’re at it, they can share design files, too!)

Even if we meet only minimum funding, our open source plans will be awesome because FurnLab machines will offer something others** don’t: a full-size cutting area and metal construction.

But our machine plans will offer more than a full-size cutting area.In addition to having a cutting area large enough for a full-size sheet of plywood, our plans will allow for the following.

  • Upgradeability: Designed for almost everyone to be able to afford a basic machine, you will be able to upgrade to a larger size and to better components without having to start over from scratch.
  • Professional Construction: The plans call for all metal parts and quality components—no short cuts!
  • Detail Options: Limit switches, z-axis positioning system and an emergency stop button are the kind of extras that are normally left out in free designs, but not ours.
  • 3rd-Party Systems Compatibility: Your machine will be upgradeable with affordable 3rd-party options for an automatic tool changer and a vacuum hold-down system. 

* “All the bells and whistles” denotes a FurnLab CNC machine with 3rd-party automatic tool changer and vacuum hold-down systems.

** By “others,” we mean other CNC projects on Kickstarter as of when the FurnLab CNC project went live on the site.

 Reward Images

Limited Edition Flat Pack Robot - $65
Materials - MDF, aluminum

12" Flat Pack Lamp - $100
materials - FSC certified bamboo plywood and canvas
[material corrected image coming soon]

Flat Pack Coffee Table - $500
FSC certified walnut plywood and aluminum

Flat Pack Shelves - $1000
FSC maple ply and powder coated aluminum [lasercut pattern $100 extra]
[color options coming soon]

Flat Pack Shelves - $1000
FSC certified walnut and powder coated aluminum  [lasercut pattern $100 extra]
[color options coming soon]

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- (45 days)