CNC, or computer numerical control, is not dead, but its popularity has no doubt dwindled as among DIY-ers and low scale operations look towards 3D printing. However, assuming if CNC is dead to DIY-er, well, then I supposed this little machine here could be the spark that will rekindle DIY-ers interest in including CNC in their future projects. CNC machine are big, bulky machine that has an impossible learning curve, but Shaper Origin Handheld CNC Machine is not – both in physical size and simplicity of operation. In fact, as the product name already points out, it is a handheld CNC machine and yes, it is the world’s first.
If you have mucked around CNC machine, Shaper Origin may sound like a fantasy power tool. Well, it is not. In fact, it is a thing now and the machine you see here is that real-deal. Using a combination of camera and adhesive visual markers called Shaper Tape, this perceptive handheld power tool enables you to rout or cut whatever shapes you desire with precision. Clever algorithm keeps track of your progress and automatically retracts the cutting tool if the device stray from the digital template or the work surface.
There are tons of other features, like a 5-inc touch display, last position recall, provision for dust extraction, cloud-capable et cetera, but the gist of this device is, it brings back CNC to everyday people – minus the bulk and hefty cost, and most importantly, ease of use across a wide range of skill level. Speaking of cost, you can pre-order Shaper Origin Handheld CNC Machine as we speak for $1,499. Ok, maybe it is not your power drill kind of affordability, but it is as far as CNC is concerned.
Continue reading to learn how the device works and also, catch the product pitch video.
Images: Shaper Tools.