This past weekend, we got to visit the Bay Area Maker Faire and be inspired by all of the creativity that was happening there! Thanks to everyone who took the time to come to our booth and say hi and check out our machines.
It was also a big weekend for us because we revealed the next product that we've been working on in the past months, the FR4 Machine Shield, for the first time. The FR4 is a kit machine that we are hoping to launch on Kickstarter in June at a price point around $400. The structure of the machine is cut out of an entire panel of circuit board, ready to be soldered together into a machine of your choice. We will ship them out with a milling head but we have other applications in the works as well including a circuit pen, microscope pneumatic pick and place, hot air reflow, and 3D printing.
We are working with an Arduino as we develop the machine but it is hackable for BeagleBone and Raspberry Pi as well. Oh yeah, did we mention it's open source?
Another feature that we are really excited about is the Swap Drive. We came up with the idea to make the drivers easily swapped using a card edge connector so that when a better, faster, cheaper drive comes along it makes it easier(and less expensive) to upgrade.
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