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A very interesting concept utilizing a robotic arm with an exchangable head to perform many different maker tasks from 3d printing, soldering, assembly, ect.

I've had great experiences on kickstarter, but I've only contributed to low cost projects. I've seen a number of 3d printing projects fail where contributors lost $1000+ each... But this one is still interesting, what do you all think?

 

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Actually looks pretty impressive, it has a lot more functions than the typical print / scan and milling machine. I do agree with @didierklein that it increase the risk of failing.

It has proven not to be easy to make just a 3D printer, or at least create a design that not only 1 can be build, but thousands. And I am sure that also goes for a milling machine, SLA and pick and place. Let alone a machine that can do it all..

But I am curious to see what will come from it.

Did you back it @Printerfan?

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    Actually looks pretty impressive, it has a lot more functions than the typical print / scan and milling machine. I do agree with @didierklein that it increase the risk of failing.

    It has proven not to be easy to make just a 3D printer, or at least create a design that not only 1 can be build, but thousands. And I am sure that also goes for a milling machine, SLA and pick and place. Let alone a machine that can do it all..

    But I am curious to see what will come from it.

    Did you back it @Printerfan?

     

    I'm a big fan of kickstarter and crowd sourcing, but I didn't fund this project for a few reasons. 1. The cost was rather high and I've seen other high profile projects fail and people lose all their money. 2. I wasn't convinced regarding the print quality. 3. I wanted to see more footage of the makerarm in action and hear from users. If it works as advertised, its a big step forward in the maker community in my opinion, but as most commercial items, what is advertised is more of an idealized version of the product.

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    I checked this out and what stood out to me was the poor video quality, specifically the sound. If they aren't going to make a suitable promotional video, that doesn't help their cause {with me}

    The 3D printing looked poor (did you note the spool just lying there...wait til it tangles!). The CNC milling looked ok. The wood cutting was ok. But you would be confined to very small distances. The video showing the arm unboxing an iPhone was cute. But I certainly wasn't "sold" on it's usefulness.

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