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The correct name for the MakerBot 3D printer is the Cupcake CNC, suggesting that all sorts of attachments could be substituted for the usual plastruder — in this case, Andrew “Clothbot” Plumb created an assembly out of some makerbotted connectors and a length of MakerBeam, allowing the mounting of the business end of a Dremel Flex-Shaft. The result? A mini CNC mill slash drill press.

John Baichtal

John Baichtal

My interests include writing, electronics, RPGs, scifi, hackers & hackerspaces, 3D printing, building sets & toys. @johnbaichtal nerdage.net


  • Matt Mets

    Oooh, cool! That could be super useful for lightweight material. I wonder if you could do PCB hole drilling with it?

    I’m working on a dremel attachment for a little desktop cnc robot, but am concerned about the torque required for machining. It’s encouraging to see that the Makerbot is able to push the head around!

  • https://creativecommons.net/clothbot

    Fortunately, the MakerBot design is such that the only tool-head motion is z-axis/vertical. The only thing being X/Y pushed around is the material being drilled/milled.

    PCB hole drilling shouldn’t be a problem. I haven’t tried full-CNC yet, but Nate has with his own MakerBot mill design: see http://wiki.makerbot.com/roboteernat-s-mill-documentation-page

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