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Cool Stuff to Outfit Your Makerspace

Magazine article American Libraries

Cool Stuff to Outfit Your Makerspace

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1. Modela

Tabletop-size milling machine that can drill holes and mill small parts and prototypes from a designer's plan. Modela can also scan a part and then replicate it on demand.

Manufacturers: JET Tools and Woodstock International, Inc., manufacturer of Shop Fox Woodworking

Price: $450--$9,299

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2. Laser Cutter

A carbon dioxide laser that cuts through plastic and other materials, up to a quarter-inch thick. The cutter can also be used to engrave text, graphics, and photos on a variety of materials.

Manufacturers: Jinan Transon CNC Equipment Co. Ltd. and Lightobject

Price: $1,450--$5,995

3. CNC Machines

Computer-guided router makes complicated cuts in wood. It can carve complex designs for furniture and letters for signs.

Manufacturers: PRSalpha and Tormach

Price: $6,850--$23,000

4. Arduino

An open-source electronics platform or board and the software used to program it. Arduino is designed to make electronics more accessible to artists, designers, hobbyists, or anyone else interested in creating interactive objects or environments. …

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