Inventables, Inc. today announced the launch of Shapeoko 2, the CNC milling machine kit capable of creating precision parts and models from plastic, wood and metal for less than $650. Inventors and designers can use the Shapeoko 2, an open source, low-cost desktop computer numerical control (CNC) mill, to bring their imagination and designs to life.
“During the second industrial revolution, it often took years to get from an idea to a finished product. Today, moving from idea to finished product can take mere hours. Digital manufacturing tools don’t have expensive set-up costs, the tool works by taking data from the computer to produce the part. This means the same machines can produce two completely different parts one after another. At Inventables we believe this – coupled with the fact that digital manufacturing tools that can make consumer products start at $650 – are igniting this 3rd Industrial Revolution.” said Zach Kaplan, CEO of Inventables. “We also believe this movement will be the primary driver of growth in our economy over the next decade. We see this happening because these digital tools give rise to a set of goods and services that were not economically viable before.”