This 3-D Carving Tool Lets Makers Create Custom Guitars and Game Boards

Sunday, 24 September 2017 - 2:03PM
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Sunday, 24 September 2017 - 2:03PM
This 3-D Carving Tool Lets Makers Create Custom Guitars and Game Boards
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Everybody is psyched about 3-D printing their own fidget spinners and tiny plastic skulls, but people are already grumbling about shelling out thousands of dollars for a machine that turns out cheap plastic knick-knacks. This is where Inventables comes in with a slightly different take on DIY design: 3-D carving. Rather than layering tiny rows of plastic, 3-D carving crafts objects from a solid material, usually wood (thought plastic and soft metal can also be used).

At this year's Maker Faire in New York, the CEO and Founder of Inventables, Zack Kaplan, spoke about the new trend of 3-D carving, the X-Carve (Inventable's desktop 3-D carving machine), and his upcoming book, "Make: Getting Started With 3-D Printing." Here's a short intro to the X-Carve:



One of the advantages of the X-Carve (and Inventables) is that all the official and fan-made designs are in one place. Interest in DIY projects has been growing across the world, whether it's around drones or custom R2-D2s, but even more important is the fact that the communities have been growing with (or outpacing) it.

Here's Zach's previous talk about the future of 3-D carving and digital manufacturing, in association with Technori:



There are a couple advantages to 3-D carving: durability, the ability to use different materials, and some opportunities to do post-creation touch-ups with techniques like polishing and burning. However, some of the magic and novelty is lost when you realize that what you're really doing is an advanced form of woodshop.
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