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Dangrant Pty Ltd The Super Gerbil in front of a CNC mill A small mill carving some wood, controlled by Super Gerbil The Super Gerbil mounted on a CNC mill wood engraving from laser controlled by Super Gerbil Super Gerbil CNC controller
Embargo till launch on Kickstarter.com at 6am, 1st November 2018, Pacific Daylight Time, USA

SYDNEY, Australia - Oct. 31, 2018 - PrZen -- Computer Numeric Control (CNC) technology has been steadily drifting into hobbyist use, with lots of laser cutters happily buzzing away in garages and maker spaces. But CNC mills allow the maker to fabricate a broader range of materials and geometries.   Awesome.Tech have just released a new five axis CNC controller that allows hobbyists to machine complex geometries with smooth contours, which has traditionally been out of reach.

Hobby applications of five axis milling include model aircraft (airframe, propellers and turbine blades), model engines (engine blocks) and wood carvings (face masks, intricate moldings).

"2019 is going to be an incredible year for CNC hobbyists", said Paul de Groot from Awesome.Tech, "So many things are coming together, for example, powerful software like Fusion 360 and precision CNC hardware components are now in reach of hobbyists. Our new CNC controller fills in the controller gap, with lots of high-end features, at a realistic price for hobbyists."

"Beyond hobbyists, I think there's real potential for enthusiasts to go professional with this technology", says Dan Collins, Awesome.Tech's other co-founder. "With a five axis machine, an inventor can move away from the block-like limitations of three axis machining, and compete with the complex and organic surfaces that are seen from large established competitors."

But the extra sophistication of the five axis machines and their controllers can present an adoption barrier:
"According to the CNCcookbook.com 2017 survey results, the #1 priority for CNC users is ease of use, so a lot of our focus went into easy setup and control of machines", says Paul, "we've made customised setup screens for common machine configurations, and you can even use a smartphone as a controller. Awesome.tech and the open source developer community will continue to add more features over time."

The new controller goes by the strange name 'Super Gerbil', as it follows on from the successful 'Gerbil' Kickstarter (July 2017). Gerbil is a play on words of the 'grbl' gcode standard that both Gerbil and Super Gerbil use.

Kickstarter is the obvious platform for campaigns for hobby CNC controllers, as it pitches directly to enthusiasts and fellow innovators. Successful technical Kickstarters can exceed $500k USD once the enthusiast community starts spreading the word.


Dan Collins

Source: Awesome.Tech (Dangrant Pty Ltd Australia)
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