When I think of what makes America great much comes to mind:

When I think of what makes America great much comes to mind: our indomitable work ethic, our spirit of innovation, American Manufacturing (…hat tip to our CNC machine operators and machinists out there!…), the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women of our armed forces (a hearty salute to those American warriors!)…the list is endless.

Speaking of innovation I came across a few items this past week that the DIY CNC crowd may find interesting…

Where do you see that the designers of Handibot and Othermill are American?
And…why does it matter? (As long as they use sane, metric nuts and bolts.)

@Marcus_Wolschon while I sympathize with the subtext of your comment, and can do without the RA!RA!USA! bs myself, Handibot is designed by ShopBot, a company from North Carolina. Othermill is designed by Otherfab, a San Francisco based group. Odds are good they both used imperial nuts and bolts, not to mention slot screws.

How did you find out where they are from?
Even the contact form didn’t mention an address.
(Often have that problem with sites that try to sell me things, yet don’t give me a way to find out where it would be shipped from.)

For the handibot, I read announcements. IIRC, @MAKE1 wrote up something about it when shopbot announced it at one of the big makerfairs. Also, if you go to http://handibot.com, it says “shopbot introduces…”. Then I went to http://shopbottools.com and looked at About The Company.
For Othermill, I looked at the kickstarter page. On the right, down a little, there’s a pale blue box titled “project by” that says its otherfab from SanFran. Also, I vaguely recall reading an announcement about it, also probably from Make Magazine. IIRC, Otherfab is looking at designing tools and corsework for high-school high-tech shop classes and have received some sizeable government grants.

(I don’t read Make Magazine and up to now all makerfairs where out of travel distance. Except Make Munic, wich didn’t fit my schedule.)

I don’t subscribe to Make at the moment… Its a good magazine, but it tries to be the magazine for ALL makers, so it doesn’t have a good signal to noise ratio. However, I would recommend following their blog, and following them on G+.

Too much on their G+ page that I’m not interested in.
Takes away too much time from making stuff myself.

Hey Marcus,

ultimately it doesn’t matter whether they’re American or not, but in the context of what I was writing about, which was American work ethic, innovation, etc, I felt it was applicable. As far as I could find, regarding Kickstarter projects relating to CNC type applications, they’re all stateside. Seemed fitting for the post…