You are going to build amazing things.
If you are looking for the Assembly Guide to put your kit together, it's here
What is Maslow?
Maslow is an open source project with the goal of making CNC technology more accessible to everyone. In October & November of 2016, we ran a successful Kickstarter campaign for our Maslow CNC Machine Kit. We raised $314,547 from 1279 backers, and that campaign was fulfilled in July of 2017. We were able to send out around 750 kits to people all around the world.
Since the conclusion of the Kickstarter campaign, interest in Maslow CNC has remained high. We opened for preorders in May of 2017 for kits that will ship in September 2017. Unfortunately, at this time, we aren't selling any more Maslow CNC Machine Kits in order to focus on getting the orders we have shipped, and supporting the community we have. That being said, Maslow is an open source project, and we encourage you to check out our forums and GitHub pages for more information about how you can get involved in the Maslow community. We hope to sell more kits in the future, possibly in the Fall of 2017, but as of now we have no firm plans. We do plan to sell some replacement parts through our website, with more being added over time. Feel free to check out our store to see what's available now.
Our main goal is to promote accessibility to CNC technology. If you're interested in being kept in the loop for potential future sales of the Maslow CNC Machine Kit, feel free to add yourself to our $1 waitlist. Alternatively, you can sign up to receive free news from us by clicking here.
Thanks for checking us out! Please read below for more specific details about the Maslow CNC machine itself.
What is the Maslow CNC Machine?
Maslow is a large (4'x8') CNC cutting machine designed to let you cut big, useful things out of wood and other flat materials. Cut out a tiny house, a kayak, a tree house, some furniture, or anything else you can imagine. Maslow is designed to be affordable to buy, cheap to ship, easy to use, and powerful. Because designs can be shared digitally, you can build on the work of others or create your own from scratch.
- Work Space: 4' X 8' *
- Encoder Resolution: 8148 steps/rev
- Repeatability: +- 1/64th inch (.4 mm) or better
- Max feed rate 48 inches/minute
- AC Voltage: 110-250 volts
- DC Voltage: 12 volts
- Connection: USB
- OS for Software: Mac, Windows, Linux
- Size: H: 6' 8" W: 10' D: 1' 7"
*The work space is defined by the length of the two #25 roller chains so it can be easily enlarged or made smaller by adding or removing links from the chains.
How easy is it to use?
CNC can be intimidating so we've designed Maslow to be easy to use. We know there are a lot of you out there who have a tiny house / wooden boat / home improvement project in mind but the idea of using a CNC machine to make it real seems like a big step.
Maslow is meant to be a machine for everyone. Like any new tool, there are a couple things you will need to learn, but we'll be there for you in the community forums we've set up. You are going to build amazing things.
Check out the videos for a quick overview of what it's like to cut something out.
What is not included in the box?
You will need to buy two standard clay bricks, two sheets of plywood and three 10 foot 2x4s. Shipping a machine the size of Maslow could be tremendously expensive, so we had to think outside the box ;-). You will also need a standard wood router if you don't have one. We recommend the Ridgid R22002 or the AEG MF 1400 KE if you are based in the EU.
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Can't believe it works?
Maslow is something new in the world of CNC cutting machines, but it's based on a design which has been around for years: the hanging plotter.
There are some amazing 4'x8' CNC machines out there, but they are all too expensive and too large. The design DNA of most CNC routers comes from the upright mill found in a machine shop, but their jobs are entirely different. An upright mill is designed to carve a relatively small cube of metal in 3D with extreme precision. A CNC router is mostly used to cut sheet materials. We decided it was time for a completely new design. Check out the video to see a walk-through of the design.