Closing in on Desktop Manufacturing

A little while ago I posted on desktop fabricators, many of whichcompucarve are user or kit built.  Sears is selling a “desktop” woodworking system called the Craftsman Compucarve.  From the Web site:

Compact, computer-controlled, 3-dimensional woodworking machine with an easy-to-use interface. It allows a novice to make a complete project without a shop full of tools.The unique configuration allows it to perform many other woodworking functions, including ripping, cross cutting, mitering, contouring, jointing and routing. The CompuCarve can work in most soft materials, including wood, plastics (polycarbonate or cast acrylic) and certain types of high density foam.

It’s a bit pricey (as you’d expect) at around $1,900, but it moves us that much closer to the day when we can dream up a product and manufacture it on our desktops.  At first glance it appears to be simply a carving machine (although a pretty nifty one), but as you can see by some of the comments to this article, with some imagination it can become much more.  This is a first generation machine and as it is improved it will get easier to use and more capable.  You can read more about the Compucarve here. Another sign that the huge trend toward customization and personalization isn’t limited to the digital world.  

(Also discussed at Core77)

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    3 thoughts on “Closing in on Desktop Manufacturing

    1. Here is link to a related project from MIT.
      http://fab.cba.mit.edu/

      … and the book “FAB: The Coming Revolution on Your Desktop–From Personal Computers to Personal Fabrication” by Neil Gershenfeld

      Thanks for the great blog!

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