LONDON - The first ever desktop 5-axis multi-fabrication CNC machine has been launched by 5AXISWORKS. The device works in solid wood and panel for development of furniture and component prototypes, along with many other materials.
Funded through a two-week Kickstarter campaign by founders Fedor Gridnev and Elena Gaidar, the machine combines a range of fabrication methods, including 5axis CNC milling, which is considered the most advanced and fastest fabrication technology.
Gridnev and Gaida say they were inspired by 5-axis milling’s promise to produce advanced and complex design prototypes, but were frustrated by the lack of affordable 5-axis CNC technologies available to individual designers. Being in their mid twenties and graduates of London’ Architectural Association they hope to shake manufacturing world with new ways of fabricating using industrial robots right at your desk.
While many wood products, furniture or components are made via a milling process, 5AXISMAKER is the first of its kind, since it is a machine that can sit on a desktop with a large cutting volume for it’s size and has the ability to produce generously sized objects.
The CNC developers say that since making prototypes is an integral part of the design process, this machine brings the advanced technology "workshop" to a designer's desk.
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