Merchants of the Dark Road

The Buildbotics CNC Controller

A project in Petaluma, CA by Joseph Coffland

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Building CNCs just got a lot easier.
Backers: 75
Average Pledge Per Backer: $345

Funded: $25,893 of $120,000
Dates: Sep 1st -> Oct 1st (31 days)
Project By: Joseph Coffland
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Beyond Kickstarter

October 1st - via:
Our Kickstarter didn't work out. We made some mistakes but learned a lot. Our plan now is to build 50 Buildbotics controllers using our own money. We will sell these directly, first-come-first-serve, to early adopters in January, 2018. To be apart of... (Read More)

Smoothieboard comparison removed

September 10th - via:
The Smoothieboard guys didn't like our comparison chart.  I had a fiery discussion with Arthur Wolf on IRC at #diycnc on  As an act of good faith, we've taken our comparison chart off of our Kickstarter page. Arthur didn't have any... (Read More)

Noisebridge 10 year anniversary

September 9th - via:
We will be at the iconic Noisebridge hackerspace in San Francisco tomorrow for their anniversary.  We are bringing along some CNCs and will be demoing the Buildbotics CNC controller live.  Come check it out! Joseph Coffland  (Read More)

Earlybird specials extended one more week

September 6th - via:
We have decided to extend our earlybird specials one more week to give backers who were away over the Labor Day weekend more time to take advantage of this deal.  (Read More)

We've scrapped much of our project description and rewritten it.

September 6th - via:
After receiving lots of feedback from the maker community on Facebook, Twitter and here on Kickstarter we decided to rewrite much of our project page in order to better explain the Buildbotics controller.  As engineers with no previous Kickstarter... (Read More)

Revoking the circuit board only option.

September 6th - via:
After much deliberation, we've decided to drop the bare circuit board option.  It's not the product we set out to make and we don't feel we can support it.  The Buildbotics controller is an all-in-one solution.  Offering an unassembled half... (Read More)

Now you can buy just the board

September 5th - via:
We've added another reward option.  Now you can buy just the board.  You will need to add a Raspberry Pi 3 and an SD card but then you can use it much like other bare board CNC controllers such as the Smoothieboard or TinyG and get all the advanced... (Read More)

Buildbotics compared to the competition

September 3rd - via:
Some people have been asking how the Buildbotics CNC controller compares to other popular products like the Gecko 540 or the Smoothieboard.  So we've added a detailed comparison chart which you can find on our Kickstarter page or here:... (Read More)

Working hard to get more eyes on our project.

September 2nd - via:
We know we have a great product that will help people make amazing things.  Several awesome individuals have jumped in to support us as early backers.  It's only two days in but we are off to a slow start and we need help if we are going to make... (Read More)

We are live!!!

September 1st - via:
As promised in the pitch video, you can watch our how we rebuilt a Dyna Myte 2400 CNC mill for the RobotGarden Makerspace here.  We will be publishing more build videos and updates through out the campaign so stay tuned.    (Read More)

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