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The Origami | A portable, folding-arm laser cutter

A project in Pittsburgh, PA by Red Ant Lasers

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The Red Ant "Origami" is the first portable laser cutter with a fold-out arm and no limiting enclosure. Laser anywhere!
Backers: 146
Average Pledge Per Backer: $396

Funded: $57,820 of $80,000
Dates: Sep 20th -> Nov 4th (46 days)
Project By: Red Ant Lasers
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Latest News

Halloween update: etch a pie!

October 29th - via:
Emilie etches a pumpkin pie for Halloween- what will you do with your portable laser cutter? Spread the word- only five days left!!  (Read More)

Good Press for Red Ant in Pittsburgh

October 24th - via:
We are very excited to be part of an emerging start-up community here in the Pittsburgh region. Check out the article on it's a great introduction to our company and our project.  Share with your friends, and thanks for... (Read More)

Torch through stuff on the fly with portable laser cutter

October 22nd - via:
Crave writer Michael Franco catches up with one of the creators of the Origami laser cutter, now blasting through a campaign on Kickstarter. (Read More)

Kickstarting The Origami, a new kind of portable laser-cutter

October 7th - via:
Created by a team from Pittsburgh's Techshop makerspace, the Origami uses a novel, fold-out arm that lets you laser-etch and -cut much larger designs than you could get into a normal, enclosed cutter. (Read More)

Origami portable laser cutter slices and etches whatever, wherever

October 7th - via:
When I covered MakerCon last month in New York for Gizmag, literally one of the first things I did was text a photo of the 45-lb (20 kg), tote-able laser cutter to my friend who owns a shop back home in New Mexico. As it turns out, that's exactly the type of consumer Pittsburgh startup Red Ant hopes to target with its Origami. (Read More)

Watch the Origami etch on its back.

October 4th - via:
We've updated our Kickstarter page with a video of the Origami etching in a non-traditional orientation --vertically against a wall. This is really what sets us apart from other desktop laser engravers. Put the Origami on a cart, roll it up to a wall... (Read More)

You spoke, we listened. We've posted a much better video.

October 4th - via:
Our original video (now featured lower on the page) was thrown together quickly so we could have an active Kickstarter campaign when we hit Maker Faire. While it was a good effort for the short deadline, we knew we had to shoot another, better one. ... (Read More)

The Origami is 'Cutting' Edge!

September 30th - via:
Not only is Pittsburgh our home, it’s also home to another company called Red Ant Lasers, who have invented a new portable laser cutter. Check it out! (Read More)

Awesome tech you can't buy yet, for the week of September 28, 2014

September 28th - via:
Check out our roundup of the coolest crowdfunding projects and product announcements that hit the Web this week. You can't buy this stuff yet, but it sure is fun to gawk! (Read More)

A Folding Laser Cutter

September 23rd - via:
Want a laser cutter, but don’t have the space for one? How about a portable machine to engrave and cut wood and plastics? A folding laser cutter solves these problems, and that’s exactly what Red Ant Lasers was showing off last weekend at Maker Faire. (Read More)

The Origami Portable Laser Cutter With Fold Out Arm Unveiled (video)

September 22nd - via:
A new portable laser cutter has been created by Red Ant Lasers based in Pittsburgh called the Origami, which has been designed to be the very first laser cutter with a fold-out arm and no limiting enclosure. (Read More)

Red Ant Returns from New York with Awards!

September 20th - via:
While at the New York Maker Faire, we received our "Staff Pick" award from Kickstarter and an "Editor's Choice" award from the Digital Fabrication Editor of Maker Media, Anna Kaziunas France. Here's a pic of our Maker Faire blue ribbon.  The Maker... (Read More)

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