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    A new industry has emerged called the "Maker Market." It's an industry of people who make cool sh*t from home. Along with the industry, there's a lot of companies selling shovels in the form of scaled down industrial equipment designed for garage-sized spaces.

    I was hoping we might have some "Makers" among us who could share their thoughts on the different nifty tools and machines. For instance, I'm about to buy a laser engraver, my mom has a cool little paper cutter called a Cricut, and I just came across this thing called the Carvey that carves up all kinds of neat stuff.

    What else is out there? What are some cool maker machines that were formerly only available to manufacturers? What machines cost just a few hundred or thousand that used to cost 5 or 6 figures? What opportunities are there for tools or machines that haven't been scaled down yet?

    Glowforge - Laser Engraver
    Cricut - Cutting Machine
    Carvey - Carving Machine
     
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    3D Printers.

    I'm printing something I designed on Fusion360 as we speak.

    It will be done printing in a few hours. I'll test out the prototype and if there are no issues then i have to figure out my next step.

    Manufacturing is the real hurdle isn't it?

    China (cheap but a headache) or US (almost prohibitively expensive).
     
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    What kind of stuff can you make with Fusion360? Does it just print plastic?
     
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    Mine prints plastic. There are other hybrids like wood filament (plastic/wood). I printed a wooden baby Groot, which was awesome.

    Here is the printer I have (Creality CR-10s):

    [​IMG]
     
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    To get a jump start on learning the program take a look at this guys channel:

    Lars Christensen
     
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    On another note, if anyone in here knows a reputable anodized aluminum extrusion manufacturer ...gimme a holler.
     
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    Here's a baby groot printing from a printer in my garage (using wood filament):

    babygrootprint.jpg
     
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    I make stuff, so I'm fascinated by stuff that makes stuff.
     
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    Awesome thread, looking forward to seeing what's out there. Fascinating as heck! Should be an easy GOLD/NOTABLE thread in no time.

    Any vacuum packing machines for canning food?
     
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    3D printer.
    I was just watching some videos on it and it's got lots of potential.
     
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    My friend showed me this little beauty Kniterate: The Digital Knitting Machine

    It's a fully programmable desktop knitting machine, you could start a nice little biz with one of these things, and scale up as things go. Or even use it to create samples, saving you having to meet a factory's minimum order quantity requirements.

    It raised over $600,000 on Kickstarter and costs around $5000

    [​IMG]
     
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    Consider my mind blown!

    Let me just make sure I'm understanding what is going on in that picture...

    Am I right in thinking that you are printing wood?!?!

    Fricking awesome dude.
     
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    How much was this?
     
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    Vaquform
    Professional-grade thermoforming made compact, affordable and easy-to-use. Claims you can start manufacturing from home instead of just prototyping. It's in pre-order stage now.


    Hot Foil Stamping Machine
    This one comes thanks to a link @RazorCut sent me. I'm not sure on the quality, so I'd probably look for a better model. If anyone has a link to something more reliable even if it's a higher price, I'd like to see it.
    [​IMG]
     
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    That is truly badass. It's bigger than it looks in the picture, but still cool. Looks like it's about $7200 pre-order. Love the idea of making my own clothes.
     
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    Shapeoko 3.jpg


    The Shapeoko 3 is a great piece of kit. I have been a long time follower of the inventor as he is part of a 3 some podcast I listen to. They also do a Shapeoko XXL.

    Carbide 3D


    It didn't look that big so I thought you might only be able to use it for scarfs and willy warmers. ;):happy:
     
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    I'm not sure on the quality either but its just a thermostatically controlled hot plate so really just an iron in a frame at the end of the day.
     
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    Yeah that's what put my friend off getting one in the end (that and the fact he's an eternal procrastinator). It won't fit on your desktop, unless you've got a big desk! However would fit nicely in a spare room or garage.

    I think this could make the fee back just in the money you save yourself on your own clothes, let alone selling anything you make. :)
     
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    Anyone know of an affordable machine for making corrugated boxes?

    Would love to control my packaging instead of paying crazy prices for U.S. or playing guessing games with China. I like this idea because it's a service most crafters and makers need.

    All I've found so far were industrial size machines that need a full-size warehouse or manufacturing facility and a team of people to operate. On the sourcing websites they go for $20,000 up to $500,000 or more.

    Plus it seems like you need several different machines to complete the process. This could make a good Kickstarter project if someone could figure it out. Here's what a smaller machine looks like. Not exactly small-space friendly. Definitely not wallet friendly.

    [​IMG]
     
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    Is there a freelance platform for makers?

    The closest thing I found was Etsy, but you can't post a job and let makers come to you (as far as I can tell). Seems like a potential "next big thing" in freelancing. Where can I go to just post what I want and have someone pitch me on their services?

    "I need a leather worker to create 50 custom leather shark laser key chains. If that's you, please send past samples and your price."

    Is this a thing yet or is this an opportunity?
     
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    There's a few out there. Looks like they're mostly manual operation. A few semi-automatic models around $800. They don't have reviews on Amazon though.

    Semi-Automatic Can Sealer
     
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    etsy used to have something similar called 'etsy manufacturing' which was a marketplace for matching small batch manufacturers with sellers sounds like what your describing, they closed it down earlier this year. A bit different but theres also makers row.
     

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