With all the devices and technology available these days, what we imagine we can make. With 3D printers what is created on a screen can become tangible objects without even leaving the room. Millers and lasers can turn blocks of material into just about anything we want them to be. But all these amazing tools can add up in money and space.
BoXZY is a box full of potential for makers and businesses. The team behind BoXZY is calling their creation a quick change fablab that can transform into three kinds of machines. It’s just one box but with the use of interchangeable tool heads it boasts multiple functions.
Check out this Kickstarter video showing what BoXZY really is:
There certainly seems to be some enthusiasm for this machine. BoXZY is currently running a Kickstarter campaign to raise funding for production. The company started out with a $50,000 goal, but they have long since left that number in the dust. Now the team has snagged over $590,000.
To start with, BoXZY’s body is constructed out of quarter inch aluminum to give it strength. It’s a needed feature in a machine that can mill plastic, hardwood, and even metal. The company claims BoXZY can take a beating and keep going.
To increase the machine’s sturdiness and precision, industrial ball screws are used to control BoXZY’s tools, instead of belts that are typically found in other 3D printers.
The company boasts on its Kickstarter page:
“BoXZY’s is an extremely robust maker space that rapidly becomes what you need when you need it. Simply slide one attachment out and slide another in without any compromise in precision. To power all these tools and create BoXZY’s 4 micron resolution, BoXZY drives all 3 axes with industrial ballscrews, which are firmly nested in BoXZY’s sleek, black anodized aluminum body.”
This multi-use capacity is BoXZY’s real selling point. The device’s designers claim each tool head can easily be slid in and out. And this means you can switch between a CNC mill, laser engraver, and 3D printer all the while using the same device in the same space.
No need for multiple expensive machines. No need to have multiple large machines taking up workspace. At least, that’s what BoXZY claims.
For those interested in pre-ordering one of these desktop fabrication devices, the early bird packages are now all gone. But you can still snag the base model for just under $2,000. It may not be the cheapest tool you ever buy. Still with three tools contained in one box, you could save money in the long run.
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