I only plan to pursue one or two of these. These are just ideas that are popping into my head as I write the list.
- CNC Laser Engraver.
- CNC Lathe. (Light duty, duh.)
- CNC Mill, micro-benchtop style.
- Second-gen 3D printer.1
- Home Analytics and Security platform. Combining Arduino, an array of sensors, and some ruggedized off-the-shelf cameras, and some 3D printed parts, you could build something comparable to a Nest suite for a fraction of the cost, that did cool stuff like report to Google Analytics.
- 3D printer extruder that prints with gummi bear materials.
- A bicycle framebuilding fixture. Another idea I’ve been futzing with since I first started building bikes, one of my upcoming projects will be to design one that works with v-slot extrusion, and then do 3D prints to test all the parts until I finalize a design. Once nailed down, I’ll have the actual parts machined so that I can have a fixture that won’t melt.
- Open source drill press.2
- Wind power generator. 3D printable blades, hookups for generator, power regulation, etc. Scalable from portable/USB charging to house-scale generation.
- A LEGO-based Difference Engine.
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Actually been brainstorming this one extensively, will feature a much larger build area — 36″ by 36″ by 18″ and a heated enclosure, among other things. Probably something I’ll work on in late 2017 through part of 2018.↩
Simple idea, but why not? You could even set it up for one-axis CNC with a controllable depth, if you’re inclined.↩