May 17, 2017 | By Tess

A Kickstarter campaign has just been launched for the Evezor, an open source robotic arm manufacturing platform that is capable of 3D printing, welding, carving, milling, cutting, engraving, and much, much more. Described as the “most hackable robotic arm there is,” the Evezor manufacturing tool is available through the crowdfunding campaign starting at $3,162.

Andrew Wingate, the man behind the modular and multi-purpose manufacturing platform, set about creating Evezor with the goal of developing a versatile tool that would allow its users to see their manufacturing projects through from the first prototype to the final packaging.

What Wingate is promising to deliver through Kickstarter certainly sounds up to the task. Powered by a Raspberry Pi, the Evezor boasts a 64bit ARM Quad Core Processor, 1 GB of RAM, four USB 2.0 ports, HDMI Out, as well as 10/100 Ethernet, WiFi, and Bluetooth low energy connectivity.

From a hardware perspective, Evezor’s welded tube tower and steel skeleton provide it with the strength it needs to accommodate a wide range of tool heads (weighing up to six pounds), while a set of NEMA 23 motors enable accurate control and a low-noise level of operation. Additionally, with a variable wingspan of 800 mm, the manufacturing tool is well suited for both small and large-scale projects.

“Evezor is a tool for dreamers and creators to build, make, invent, and do things they’ve always been told wasn’t possible," reads the Kickstarter campaign page. "It’s for people who know they have a great idea and wish to share it with the world. It's for people already in industry finding themselves unable to compete in our newly globalized world. It's for our belief in the return of the artisan and the production of labor intensive goods can become local again.” 

Notably, Wingate has emphasized the open source nature of his multi-purpose platform. He says: “We plan to democratize manufacturing and that’s why we’re open source. With open source software and open source hardware, we are able to provide a fertile platform to build your dream.”

With Evezor, Wingate says his team has completed over 30 projects, including 3D prints, metal working projects, vinyl cuts, laser engravings, glass etchings, and even cocktails. The beauty of the machine is that users are not limited at all and have the freedom to create their own tool heads (which Wingate says can be marketed and sold).

The Kickstarter campaign for Evezor is seeking to raise $250,000 in the next month, and offers a range of different reward options. The early bird price for the Evezor robotic arm manufacturing platform is slated at $3,162. This reward option, expected to ship by February 2018, includes the robotic arm, a macro camera toolhead, a special edition hardwood pen holder toolhead, a stakeholder status, and more.

According to Wingate, 10 percent of the revenue from every Evenor purchased will go towards supporting the Evezor community, as well as the greater open source community. If you’re interested in checking out the modular manufacturing platform, you can check out the Kickstarter here.



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Andrew wrote at 5/18/2017 3:44:35 AM:

Hi Tess, I wanted to personally reach out and thank you for writing about our story. Thank you so much, Andrew

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