Kickstarter campaign nets 80+K for CNC router startup
By Peggy Townsend
UC Santa Cruz
Makesmith CNC markets “The Most Affordable Desktop CNC Router”
UC Santa Cruz student Bar Smith just wanted to solve a problem: How could an electrical engineering major like him turn ideas into prototypes when the equipment he needed to do so was out of financial reach?
Two years later, the shaggy-haired College Ten graduate and his business partner, Tom Beckett (Kresge ’13, history), not only came up with a solution but now find themselves entrepreneurs. After a successful Kickstarter campaign netted them more than $80,000, the two are marketing a programmable desktop 3-D router that carries a price tag within reach of the masses.
Instead of a machine that costs many hundreds or even thousands of dollars, theirs sells for $200.
“It lets people compete in a world of really complex things,” said Beckett.
A tool like Smith and Beckett’s, dubbed a CNC (Computer Numerical Control) router is the opposite of a 3-D printer. While a 3-D printer is an additive technology — it builds something from the ground up — a router is subtractive. It allows a user to carve a shape out of a variety of materials from wood to circuit board to polystyrene foam and even brick.
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