I’m typically skeptical of tools that claim to do multiple things. (One notable exception is the LogOx, which I’ve confirmed performs all of its tasks well.) I’d be extra-skeptical of a tool that claimed to be able to handle three separate digital fabrication operations. But 5,050 Kickstarter backers were not skeptical, and thus a couple of years ago the Snapmaker Modular 3-in-1 3D Printer was successfully funded, and the company has thrived.
Snapmaker’s invention is a desktop machine that can 3D print, and do lasercutting, and do CNC milling. The metal-framed machine has different heads that can be attached, depending on which operation you’d like to perform.
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This year they announced version 2.0, which is faster, larger and more powerful than its predecessor:
The 2.0 comes in three different sizes…
…and can be custom-configured according to your needs:
Here’s the thing: Snapmaker’s still got some 1.0 versions in stock, and to liquidate them they’re selling the $800 machines for $700. The $100–off sale runs up until the end of December, so if you’ve got an entry-level digital fabrication enthusiast in your life, click here.