There were dozens of 3D printers at Maker Faire this year, at various price points and with different specialties.
But it wasn’t all about 3D printing. Here are 2 other machines for making objects that we found and liked.
Computer-controlled desktop 3D milling. What does that mean? You can use your Mac computer to create a design, and then use this to incise your design into wood, metal, plastic, or other materials. So you can make your own computer circuit boards, wooden stamps, or jewelry (and lots of other things). Cost is $2200.
This is a desktop wire-bender. So you can draw a wire design on your computer and then use this device to custom-bend based on your computer design. It bends 1/8” and 1/16” wire; uses steel, aluminium, or brass wire; and is the size of a breadbox. Cost is $3200. Check out the very cool photo gallery of light fixtures, clocks, tables, and other cool things that have been made with it.