a networked, easy to operate, affordable, mess free, quiet, safe desktop machine capable of: printing functional parts in four colors or multiple materials and computerized etching and computer-controlled milling!
Use the “Machine Shop In A Box”, the first machine to combine additive and subtractive machining in one package, to unleash your most innovative ideas!
The Microfactory was designed by experienced industrial makers and incorporates a ton of useful quality, safety and durability features into its revolutionary design. Watch our Kickstarter video and check out the Machine Specs for lots of incredible details! Subscribe for updates from Mebotics below!
The Microfactory was made by makers for makers, but we need your help to go into production. The Microfactory team has footed the bill for the entire cost of development over the last year (some of us had to work some pretty interesting day jobs to make it happen).
In order to raise the cash to hire a production staff and negotiate the best price on your machine’s parts we need money up front. We are preselling a limited number of units through the crowd funding site Kickstarter. Please support our campaign, and help us bring about the personalized manufacturing revolution.
The dream behind Mebotics LLC began in 2009 when four soon-to-be friends met by chance at a local makerspace in Somerville, MA. One of them, Calvin, was wrestling with an issue common to many do-it-yourselfers and small business owners: When he got home from his day job, he went to work in the living room of his small apartment, developing his ideas with his power-tools. The noise and the mess was a point of contention with his longtime girlfriend, Jamie. He voiced this problem to the group and after some spirited conversations, the concept for the Microfactory was born.
While all four members come from different backgrounds and have diverse skills – Judah is an industrial designer by trade who started a CNC router table company, Jeremy is a biomedical engineer turned product developer, Calvin is a network architect who moonlights as a jeweler and Edison is a network architect who used to weld in the oil industry - they are all, first and foremost, die-hard, hands-on, makers. The Microfactory is the culmination of a collective 68 years of experience building things (yeah we all started young), using the lessons gleaned from working with and rebuilding both industrial and hobbyist machines.
The Mission of Mebotics is simple: we strive to enable individual creativity by providing diverse capabilities at a good value, in compact, easy to use packages.
was born an inventor in Cincinnati, Ohio. After getting a solid grounding in the liberal arts at Grinnell College, he studied industrial design at the College of Design, Art, Architecture, and Planning (DAAP) at the University of Cincinnati. It is there that he fell in love with rapid prototyping machines and made it his goal to use these technologies to enable anyone to design amazing things. As the capstone project for his degree, he developed an open source CNC robot called the Kikori. a machine capable of fast, high-precision work at a fraction of the cost of traditional CNC machines. After a successful Kickstarter campaign, he completed the design and released it under a creative commons license. When Judah isn’t working on the Micro Factory or teaching CNC classes at the Artisan’s Asylum, he designs exotic Nerf guns and furniture that he makes on the Kikori.
has been tearing things apart and redesigning them for as long as he can remember. He graduated from University of Chicago in 2007 with degrees in Biology and Sculpture and from Tufts University with a Masters in Biomedical Engineering in 2010. In between college and Grad school he worked for M5 industries on both the television show “Mythbusters” and doing contract design work on military prototypes. It was this experience, having way too much fun solving crazy problems, that inspired him to start his own product development firm - Protivent. In his spare time Jeremy builds precarious furniture - his work has been shown in New York’s prestigious International Contemporary Furniture Fair. He also won the 2009 Tufts 50k business plan competition and used the money to further his interest in microfinance by starting the Strivers Foundation – a registered 501(c)3 charity focused on assisting entrepreneurial youth in Sub-Saharan Africa launch innovative businesses.
has a lifelong love affair with building things. He started teaching himself Basic at age 8 and was Oxy acetylene welding by age 12. He studied computer science and cognitive psychology at Northeastern University. He has worked in construction, electrical engineering, software engineering, and currently designs global scale educational systems as the director of enterprise and service architecture at Scholastic Inc. When Calvin doesn’t have the right tool for the job, or it just plain doesn’t exist, he invents it.
was born on a ranch in Gillette, Wyoming, and from an early age was causing “trouble” with his computer and electronics experiments. Largely self-taught, he has had a wide range of interesting jobs, including welder in the oil exploration industry, senior systems architect for iQuest Analytics, and senior development consultant as the owner of his own software company. In his free time he creates machine learning proteomics software.
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