Young tech team (Bar Smith, Hannah Teagle, and Tom Beckett) has launched a Kickstarter campaign for Maslow, a four-by-eight-foot at home CNC cutting machine made to assist construction efforts by cutting user-specified shapes out of wood or any other flat material. Designed to be affordable—at under $500—easy to use, inclusive, and powerful, the project aims to share designs digitally so that you can build on the work of others or create your own from scratch.
Based on the design of the hanging plotter, Maslow “uses gear-reduced DC motors with encoders and a closed-loop feedback system to achieve high accuracy and high torque.”
The machine is easy to assemble, requiring no soldering, programming, or complex tools, but rather, only a Philips head screwdriver, a pair of pliers, and a handsaw, as well as additional materials of two bricks, two sheets of plywood, and three two-by-fours.
Furthermore, Maslow connects to your Mac, Windows, or Linux computer with a standard USB connection. All designs, PCB layouts, firmware, and software for the project are available for free on the project website, and users are encouraged to also share their digital files so others can benefit.
“Building things digitally is the future, and we believe it should be for everyone,” says founder Bar Smith.
News via Kickstarter.