The Origami | A portable CNC, folding-arm laser cutter by Red Ant Lasers

October 8, 2014 0 comments

The Cool thing on Kickstarter today

The Red Ant “Origami” is the first portable laser cutter with a fold-out arm and no limiting enclosure. Laser anywhere!

David, Scott, Ollie, and Mike met at Techshop Pittsburgh when it first opened in March 2013.  They all came from different backgrounds, using the resources at Techshop for all sorts of different projects, but what brought them together was an exciting idea Ollie hatched:  making a laser cutter that you can bring anywhere.  He wanted to etch the skyline of Pittsburgh into his own DIY coffee table, but unfortunately his table wouldn’t fit in the standard laser cutter bed, at least not all in one piece.

Instead of giving up, Ollie embarked on inventing the tool that could complete this challenge: a portable laser cutter.   He knew he couldn’t do it alone, so he approached the three biggest nerds in Techshop.  Scott, David, and Mike immediately embraced the idea and jumped into engineering the prototype.  They quickly discovered that they work well together, and are all driven by creativity, a love of innovation, and odd working hours.  The prototype quickly went from paper to fabrication.

Meanwhile, Ollie approached local start up accelerators and was happy when the Idea Foundry accepted Red Ant into their accelerator fellowship program, providing the group with $50,000 in funding and support. With this funding, the team officially setup the business, applied for patents, and finished the first prototype.  They called it the “Origami”.

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