Product Ideas

  • Current needs:
    • Flattening beams
    • Flattening & sanding slabs
    • Cutting mantel cavities
    • Making small repeated parts or cuts
  • Inlays
    • Coasters, tile or slate inlaid into interesting wood.
    • Slate or other material in table tops
    • Other inlays
  • Screens and dividers
  • Signs and house numbers
  • Boxes
  • Printing blocks and type
  • Paste paper tools
    • Rockers
    • Rollers
    • Cut into softer material, wrapped around cylinder
  • Incised picture frame stock or frames
  • Plant and other stands
  • Radiator covers
  • Architectural parts
    • Rosettes
    • Brackets
    • Shelf Supports
  • Lamps
  • Cabinets and cases
  • Spindle attachments other than router bit
    • Sander
    • Vinyl cutter
    • Laser
    • Buffer or polisher
    • Engraving bit
  • Stencils
  • Mortise and tenon or dovetail
  • Jig and fixture parts
    • Patterns
    • Parts

The MakerMade M2

M2

The M2 is a commercialized version of the open source Maslow CNC machine.

I’m evaluating this machine right now, before buying.

The M2 is a vertical machine, leaning back at 15 degrees. The spindle is mounted on a sled, driven by two motors and chains for the X and Y axes (left and right, up and down) and another motor for the Z axis (in and out). The spindle is usually a consumer-grade router.

The out-of-the-box installation cuts most of a 4′ x 8′ sheet of plywood. Longer chains and a bigger frame enable larger cutting areas.

Its upsides are lower cost, less space needed because of the vertical orientation and a large community of users. It’s also made in Arkansas, so there’s local support and parts.

Its downsides are lower speed and a more experimental approach to using, meaning there’s a lot to learn and a lot of tweaking needed. It’s also being heavily developed/improved by MakerMade and the wider community, which is both an up and downside.

MakerMade bundles MakerVerse, the controlling software (CAM). MakerVerse is fed by various drawing/modeling programs such as Easel, Sketchup, Fusion 360 and several others.

CNC

This page documents the current (Spring 2021) CNC project, centering on the MakerMade Maslow M2 machine.