[vimeo http://www.vimeo.com/36869769 w=600&h=338]
Piccolo is a pocket-sized stand-alone CNC platform. For less than $70, you can assemble your personal Arduino-compatible kit for tinkering, developing and deploying basic 3D output. Be it plotting quick graffiti, printing a one-off business card on the fly, or multiple Piccolos working together to create a large mural, this kit provides a platform for experimenting with 2D or 3D digital fabrication at a small scale. This open-source design emphasizes simplicity, and is entirely composed of digitally manufactured components and inexpensive off-the-shelf hardware.
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26 thoughts on “Piccolo, a Mini CNC Artbot”
John, Are we being just a bit premature here? ;-)
No image on the blog post, or difficulty in rendering the image? No web page yet?
Or is your definition of “small scale” different than mine?
I have heard of pre-release, but this is a new concept for me.
Any chance we can get this in the shed? I have a giftcard and think I found the perfect thing to buy it on… So cute :)
So are printers and plotters “CNC artbots” too?
With the right firmware, I don’t see why not…
This is a job….for kickstarter-man. It’s an awesome project. I’d like to have one myself, just so I can draw strange murals on my windows and have my neighbors across the street think I’m stranger than I already am.
could i modify it to create a “pick and place” component setter, or would it tip over?
I believe that this is what C-Clamps are made for. However, I am not sure if there will be sufficient extra pins on the Arduino-based hardware to drive an additional motor for the vacuum source.
This would make a great electronics-art project…. Get a small “swarm” of them, and give them a large workspace and lots of markers….
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seriously, please change the last three letters of the branding…
Hmmmm… I bet it could be used to draw simple circuit boards with either a sharpie (for etch resist) or conductive ink.
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