Xmas Deal: This one single desktop device can 3D Print, laser engrave, and is a CNC machine

The Snapmaker 2.0 literally turns imagination into reality. Designed to practically transform into any prototyping tool you’d need to bring your ideas to life, this modular prototyping-station can be built to operate as a 3D Printer, a Laser Engraver/Cutter, and even a 3 or even 4 Axis CNC Machine. Here is what’s amazing about it though. All these machines exist in the same amount of space a laptop would take on your desk. The Snapmaker 2.0 is constructed using modular components crafted from aluminum alloy extrusions that allow you to make your device as small or as big as you want. Its all-metal construction means near-perfect tolerances, resulting in precise work, whether it’s laser cutting or 3D printing. Within minutes, you can assemble a fully-functional machine with an X, Y, and Z-axis, and simply attach or detach modules that let you use the apparatus as a CNC Machine, Laser Engraver, or even a 3D printer with sheer simplicity, and no specific skill-set or learning curve. The Snapmaker 2.0 comes even with a touchscreen interface that lets you control your device and gives you alerts like letting you know when to change the filament on the 3D printer, or a milling-bit on ...

Amerequip Corp., Kiel, Wis., wants to keep growing its business with a handful of key OEM

Amerequip Corp., Kiel, Wis., wants to keep growing its business with a handful of key OEM customers. To do that, it can’t afford to supply assemblies and end products that don’t meet customer expectations. In the metal fabrication business, everyone would rather be busy than slow, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy. In 2018 Amerequip Corp., a fabricator of custom equipment for the lawn, landscape, agricultural, and construction markets, was trying to keep up with a manufacturing economy that was red-hot. It had just completed a major expansion of its welding and fabricating areas at its main manufacturing facility in Kiel, Wis., in 2017 and boosted its laser cutting capacity with a major investment in cutting machines and a huge 15-tower, 200-shelf automated raw material storage and retrieval system, but it was still having trouble handling all of the new opportunities from its customers. How fast was the company growing? It had $55 million in sales revenue in 2016 and expects to reach $110 million in 2020. “We simply didn’t want to tell the customer ‘no,’” said Rob Abfall, Amerequip’s chief operating officer. Amerequip had made significant investments—$25 million alone in capital ...