The front view of EasyMaker with a Proxxon mounted

EasyMaker

EasyMaker is a modular robot used to make things. It currently has a 3D printing module and a CNC module available. Other modules can be designed for the EasyMaker frame, and enable it to do other things.

Features:

  • Wide open design allows easy access to operations.
  • 7 tool mounting points allow a wide variety of tools.
  • Motor mounts support either belt or screw drive.
  • Integrated workpiece holding allows milling without a vice.
  • Lightweight — can be carried in one hand.
  • Designed to fit in the trunk of an average 4-door sedan.
  • Small enough to fit on a desk in a dorm room.
  • Frame design allows for milling/printing of parts larger than the machine.
  • Removable gantry allows for flat storage when not in use.
  • Open Source Hardware — Design files on Thingiverse, All BOM parts available from multiple vendors.
  • Optional enclosure  will be available for containing dust, as well as controlling cooling rate of printed thermoplastic.

Videos

You can find videos of EasyMaker in Action here:

https://peerbhairobotics.wordpress.com/2012/11/01/easymaker-printing-experimental-parts/ — EasyMaker printing experimental parts out of PLA.

https://peerbhairobotics.wordpress.com/2012/10/18/easymaker-printing-a-new-part/ — EasyMaker printing an experimental part out of ABS ( 1′ square  Aluminum bed mounted — I now use 8″ Glass instead of Aluminum. )

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D0SmSfOZBZQ — an older youtube video with EasyMaker’s T-slot spoilboard.

https://peerbhairobotics.wordpress.com/2012/09/10/easymaker-milling-epvc/ — EasyMaker milling some EPVC sheet, 1/2″ thick, with the wooden spoilboard mounted.

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/2040894600/easymaker — failed KickStarter project.

If you got through the blog, you’ll find other videos, pictures, etc…

Purchase:

EasyMaker recently went through a KickStarter, and the KickStarter failed. I am now working on a new robot design, and will not be able to support EasyMaker. If you’d like to purchase EasyMaker as I have it now, I can make it on demand for you. Please email me @ ipeerbhai [ at ] aol [dot] com if you’d like one. Payments will be via paypal. Thanks!

4 thoughts on “EasyMaker

  1. How accurate is this bot? The application I have in mind is using it to cut diy circuit boards, I would like to be able to print my own board and would need fine traces for micro controllers. I am not sure if that would even be possible using a spindle or not.

    • The printer’s precision is around .001″ as a mill. This can be raised and lowered based on the drive system — High precision, high TPI ball screws in manufactured mounts would increase precision, probably to around .0001″ — high-precision ball screw and mounts would add about $700 to the BOM. However, I don’t think what you want to do is possible with a mill. There are three problems — the flatness of the PCB, the minimum width of the cut circle, and the thermal variance of metal. There are mills dedicated to milling PCBs — they pre-heat the PCB and tool-head to a high temperature, consistent to the steady-state temperature of the cut, they manufacture their own mills, and they have pressure plates to hold the PCBs flat. Those mills cannot manufacture boards compatible with most MCUs. Some of the slower 8-bit MCUs that come in a DIP package can work with them, but that’s about it. Also — a mill is meant for a single or double layer board — I don’t think you cold route the traces with so few layers once anything larger than a 40-60pin MCU is involved. That’s why high-precision PCBS use a photo-etch process. If PCBs are your game, you don’t want to use a PCB service, and you want to mount an MCU, then you’ll want to look at processes that involve using a laser or inkjet printer, and creating a trace pattern, then etching with a solvent.

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