If you investigate many of the 3D printing resources out there, you’ll find a pretty common theme running through many of them. 3D printing is tied directly to the maker movement, a sort of “build local” initiative that encourages people to pool their resources and do more than they’d be able to do on their own.
Mayku is firmly getting behind that philosophy and plans to build desktop factories to further the build local movement.
What You Should Know about the New Initiative from Mayku
If you haven’t heard of Mayku, don’t feel left out. It’s a brand new startup.
The company hopes to further the spirit of “local making” through a series of miniature factories. They also want to help the movement in another way – by supplying tools and technologies that would be otherwise unavailable to home-based makers.
According to Mayku, the initiative is about “taking all of the complicated tools you need to mass produce products, like injection molders, circuit bringers, steel forgers, and making small and simple versions of them. One day soon, you’ll be able to make almost anything, from headphones to mobile phones.”
There are two products in development by Mayku. They’re designed to work separately, but combining their capabilities is the real goal.
The FormBox is a vacuum former that fits on your desktop and turns flat material into three dimensional shapes. It’s capable of using a number of different materials, including those you have lying around the house.
You can also take a previously created 3D object and create a mold from it, for use with a filler.
This is where the RotoBox comes in. The second of the company’s offerings, the RotoBox lets you cast hollow objects using a number of different materials (and a mold).
It’s capable of using concrete, plaster or even something like melted chocolate. It’s essentially a rotational molder, so the material has to be liquid enough to move while in the machine.
According to Mayku, “Designers can make product prototypes in small batches, parents can customize their kid’s stuff and their homes, and small businesses can make unique products. Sweet shops can personalize their candy, and kids can design their own toys.”
The Mayku team right now is pretty small. There is only a handful of employees.
However, they hope to spur growth organically, and roll out a series of mini-factories to help local communities do more on their own. Their recent “MaykuThon” actually saw 60 different makers take the company’s machines for a very thorough test drive.
When everything is said and done, Mayku wants to create a worldwide series of local networks, all of which are capable of creating the products they need, or modifying the things they use daily, right within the community.