A headline from a recent Maker Pro newsletter caught my attention:
3 “HYBRID PERSONAL FABRICATORS” ON THE LAUNCHPAD
Get ready for a new genre of 3D printer: the “hybrid personal fabricator” that combines 3D printing with other related capabilities.
One of the machines featured is the Microfactory being developed by Mebotics at Boston-area Artisan's Asylum (which I visited last weekend after the Open Hardware Summit):
"The Microfactory, which describes itself as “a machine shop in a box,” is a combination 3D printer and CNC mill. The unit also has an onboard computer, which expands its networking capabilities. A team based at the Artisan’s Asylum makerspace in Somerville, Mass., Mebotics, just launched a Kickstarter campaign for the Microfactory. They are hoping to raise a cool $1 million. To reserve a unit, you need to pledge at least $4,495. Estimated delivery: October 2014."
Their kickstarter has quite someway to go with 13 days left:
One way or another, I can't wait until these so called hybrid personal fabricators cheap enough for a hobbyist to afford (like me ).