Oct 4, 2015

Printrbot Crawlbot CNC Set-Up and Operation

Affordable CNC routers and laser cutters are probably the next big thing in home digital manufacturing and Printrbot is strongly entering into that field.

Here is the presentation of their Crawlbot large area CNC router that can cut standard 4x8 or even larger sheets. It moves along the surface on a sort of wheels and doesn't have a full rigid metal frame in all axis. It looks like it is optimized for low cost and simpler operations on large surface like cutting OpenDesk furniture modules. Z-axis height is very limited, but this is the price you pay.

It is priced at 3499 USD.

Video guide on how to set it up:

Crawlbot in operation, cutting standard plywood sheet:

Technical specifications:
  • Model: 1509
  • Construction: Powder coated steel and aluminum body
  • Belt & Pulleys: HTD5
  • Footprint: Standing up for storage 15″ x 11″
  • Overall Dimensions: 15″ x 66″ x 11″ (L x W x H)
  • Cut Area: 4′ x 8′ (Initially __ x __, until you cut your own table)
  • Initial Setup: Mount your router. Install your belts and tensioners. Install your software.
  • Includes:
  • Frame Pieces: Powder coated steel as well as machined and water jet aluminum construction
  • Electronics: TinyG – https://www.synthetos.com/project/tinyg/
  • Power: 24v Power Supply
  • Router: Makita 1 1/4 HP Compact Router
  • Shipping:
  • Lead Time: 2 weeks
  • Weight: 75lbs (with packaging)
  • Dimensions: ~ 19″ x 70″ x 15″ (L x W x H)

Here is the review by MAKE:


Printrbot Crawlbot homepage: