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Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 5 2014
$3,621
pledged of $200,000pledged of $200,000 goal
27
backers
Funding Canceled
Funding for this project was canceled by the project creator on Jan 5 2014

About


A CNC robot for makers, designers, engineers, and educators.

The SB-1 CNC robot is an experiment in product design and is intended for people who want to automate the little things in life: drawing shapes on objects, pouring a design in a latte, frosting cookies with vector graphics. The machine can do a few of these things "out of the box", but is also made for people who want to make their own 3d printer, or candy sorting machine, or.. whatever you want. The SB-1 is made of renewable materials, but has some fancy technology under the cardboard hood, and is probably fast and accurate enough to do most of the things you would want that require sub-millimeter positioning. more


What can I do with the SB-1 CNC Robot?

The SB-1 comes with a pen holder and stamper, so you can get started with painting, pen printing, and stamping using included parts and software. Since the machine is modular, and Arduino based, you can also make your own accessories. Here are a few ideas to get you started:

  • Add a frosting dispensor and make a robot that can frost cookies with vector graphics. 
  • Add a RGB LED and time exposure camera to render pictures.
  • Add a color sensor and gripper to make a sorting machine for candy.
  • Add a fluid pump and make a drink mixing robot.
  • Add a conductive ink pen and start printing your own PCBs. 
  • Add a hot wire cutter and start carving up foam using g-code.

Below are a couple examples of "custom head" starting points. These are things that could be attached to the SB-1 and controlled by the included Arduino. The frosting dispenser could be used by makers and educators to draw fancy graphics on gingerbread houses.  The foam cutter could be used by engineers and designers to rapidly create foam models with complex shapes. 

Who is the SB-1 for?

Makers:  The SB-1 is made first and foremost for people who make things. People who are excited about process, and want to do things like paint pottery with vector graphics, pour the perfect latte art, and make the perfect cocktail from their iPad using code they helped write. Since the SB-1 is "hackable", it is a great base for making your own creations.

Educators:  Programming for education is now accessible, but in a world of tablets and mobile devices, it is hard to keep students engaged. For teachers of STEM subjects, the SB-1 is the perfect way to take programming technologies like Scratch and Processing, and make them tangible. For teachers looking to teach physics and math, a "make your own SB-1 accessory challenge" can be a great way for students get engaged in hands-on engineering projects.

Designers and Engineers: If you are an engineer, the SB-1 is a "hackable" way to make something that moves. Buy a couple and see what you can make. Designers, want to see what your custom vector graphics look like when using your favorite markers and card stock? The SB-1 is a great way to print on everything you can't fit in a standard printer, using graphics you can make in Illustrator.

Risks and challenges

The main risk is that the SB-1 will take longer than thought to manufacture. The goal is to have the SB-1 shipped before December of 2014, so you can give it as the perfect holiday gift in 2014.. We will be working hard to reach this goal, and are asking for your support. With your help we can hire the engineers, designers and helping hands needed to make it happen.

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    Want to show your support for the SB-1, but not ready to build one just yet? Donate $15 or more and you will receive a stamped thank you card. See full description for details.

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    Get the SB-1 CNC Robot for your home or office. Each supporter will be sent a stamped thank you card to give this holiday season and the full SB-1 kit as soon as it is ready to ship.

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    Get a limited edition SB-1 CNC Robot, (100 units available) . You will be sent a stamped thank you card and a SB-1 kit signed by the ShoeboxCNC team. You will also receive a poster tube that includes copies of engineering drawings and concept sketches for the SB-1. (to be mailed before your SB-1 arrives).

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