The Northype Adam All-In-One Making Machine

By on September 19th, 2015 in printer

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Another all-in-one making machine has emerged: the Northype Adam. 

The Adam uses an approach that’s becoming increasingly common: leverage the mechanicals of a 3D printer to enable use of additional toolheads. The 3D printing extruder is replaced temporarily with other tools, but uses the same cartesian mechanicals for movement. 

The Adam sports a standard 3D printing configuration including a 0.4mm nozzle, heated print surface, 1.75mm filament, color touch screen for operations, with a very generous build volume of 165 x 165 x 275mm. 

But the magic happens when you swap the 3D printing extruder for alternative tools. So far, Northype has provided the Adam with the ability to install three: 

A low-power laser enables 2D engraving and cutting of light materials, including paper and films. Northype says the laser is able to engrave “plywood, polystyrene, MDF and leather”. 

A milling toolhead enables 3-axis milling. This means you can carve out custom electronic circuit boards, as well as milling 2D and 3D shapes from light materials. Note that this will be a 3-axis mill, so you cannot mill any overhangs. 

Finally, the Adam is also equipped to perform 3D scanning. 

Apparently they are already working on a new toolhead that will enable 3D printing of paste materials. However, it is not yet ready but might appear as a stretch goal of their Kickstarter. 

The Adam is not yet available; the company says they will be launching a Kickstarter campaign within a few weeks, when we will be able to determine the final pricing for the Adam. We do know, however, that the early-bird price for the Adam will be a rock-bottom price of only €899 (USD$1020). That’s not a bad price for a machine that performs four different functions! 

Via Northype

By Kerry Stevenson

Kerry Stevenson, aka "General Fabb" has written over 8,000 stories on 3D printing at Fabbaloo since he launched the venture in 2007, with an intention to promote and grow the incredible technology of 3D printing across the world. So far, it seems to be working!