Makerarm will be practical for those already using small CNC devices or 3d printers. Big step forward in the segment is "platform approach" - one system is able to scale and adjust to range of previously specialized tasks. But how rapidly you can become proficient with using it for different purposes is another matter.
Although we still think $1199 is very optimistic price-point, campaign is very likely to deliver on time. Delivery date is set for end of 2016
Complete digital fabrication system packed into an affordable robotic arm––starting at $999!––that makes just about anything, anywhere.
Does it have the kick?
Some people compare Makerarm to 3d printer, but we think it’s roots are more sophisticated. It is reminiscent of commercial multi-purpose robots we see in assembly lines and it offers similar flexibility to consumers, but on smaller scale and at an affordable price. Quality of various attachments and how useful/precise they will be is big question to consider but based on what we have seen so far – we think this platform has solid potential.
Here are some of the details
Large work area: Makerarm has one of the largest work areas among desktop 3D printers. Makerarm’s reach is 15.7 inches long, 31.4 inches wide and 10 inches high for a total work area (in a semicircle configuration) of 378.5 square inches.
Auto-leveling: Makerarm allows you to print and build on any flat surface, consistently and reliably.
SCARA: Makerarm is a 3 axis (expandable to 4 axis) Selective Compliance Assembly Robotic Arm (SCARA).
Trainability: Makerarm’s teach mode allows you to train the arm to repeat specific actions flawlessly.
Collaboration: Makerarm works in collaboration with other Makerarms to accomplish specific tasks such as pick and place.
Wireless control: Wi-Fi connectivity lets you control the arm from any device, anywhere.
We looked t each attachment in details and found all of the to be possible to create and implement, although large number raises concerns about company’s ability to deliver all at once.
Changing attachments will require calibration on the unit, and we wonder how that will work. It is important that process is seamless, simple and maintains precision.
Makerarm will be practical for those already using small CNC devices or 3d printers. Big step forward in the segment is “platform approach” – one system is able to scale and adjust to range of previously specialized tasks. But how rapidly you can become proficient with using it for different purposes is another matter.
Remember, that dedicated devices are always better at what they do compared to multi-purpose systems, current generation 3d printer will do better a better job than Makerarm at 3d printing.
This new platform introduces the ability to prototype far more complicated projects, with many different materials and processes. Imagination is truly the limit.
We have some concerns about quality of attachments and how well tolerances will be maintained, but that is something we will need to see.
Overall platform takes very big steps in number of important areas, especially size of useful work area.
Will Makerarm campaign deliver if funded?
Although we still think $1199 is optimistic price-point, campaign is very likely to deliver on time. Delivery date is set for end of 2016