Adam sez, "My friend Judah is attempting to crowdfund a project to build an open-source Kikori CNC router. As he says in the project description, the Kikori is 'essentially a robot capable of milling complex three-dimensional shapes out of wood, soft metals, and plastics.' The version that Judah wants to build is designed to be cheap (under $5000 to make), able to mill the parts to make more routers ("self-replicating" in the not-scary-robot meaning of the term), and capable of meeting the needs of makers creating everything from furniture to custom engraving and sculptures.
As with any Kickstarter project, there are rewards for various levels of sponsorship. The higher-end ones include the parts to build your own router (which is awesome if you've got the skills to do so, something I freely admit I lack), but my personal favorite is the custom-engraved clue-by-four ('Know someone who needs a clue? We'll engrave a custom message into a pine 2x4 to help get the message across!')."
Kikori Open Source CNC Gantry Router
The Bureau concludes! — with a summoning of The President and a performance of “Ignore Him (The More You Say His Name)” by the Aloha Aryan Fellows.
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Just a reminder: Print isn’t dead. And now that printers are becoming as portable as cell phones, it might be around for quite some time. Enter the MEMOBIRD Mobile Thermal Printer, a mini-printer that is versatile, portable – and most importantly, never needs a refill on ink or toner. Measuring just a few inches around, […]
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There’s a reason you’re hearing about the gig economy in every other business story these days. More than ever, people are finding income from more than one source. And if you find the right one, a side hustle can do more than just pad your pockets – it can allow you to finally get paid […]