It’s that time of year again where businesses of all kinds discount their goods for the holidays — of course, I’m talking about Black Friday and Cyber Monday. For us engineers, that means getting our hands on new tools and gadgets that we've somehow convinced ourselves we need for work but really want just for fun.
With that said, I’ve compiled a list of some of the better deals to be had that are or will be available for both Friday and Monday but will not leave you in debt by Tuesday while still eating leftover turkey by Wednesday. If you have been holding out for cheaper software, 3D printers, CNC machines or desk/workbench accessories, perhaps your wait is over. Here are ten deals that are going on this year.
Inventalabs actually started their Black Friday/Cyber Monday deals earlier this week on Wednesday and are offering discounts on a pair of their carving machines and upgrade kits. The machines themselves are CNC routers (both the Carvey and X-Carve respectively) that can cut most materials with ease, including wood, plastics, soft metals, foam and linoleum if need be.
The Carvey itself is a self-contained unit that has a work area of 11.6-inches on the X-axis, 8-inches on the Y and 2.75-inches on the Z with an accuracy of down to 0.003-inches. The X-carve on the other hand is an open mat-based CNC router ideal for use with larger projects over the dimensions listed above — up to 39.3-inches on the X-axis, 39.3-inches on the Y and 2.5 on the Z respectively.
Inventilabs is also giving discounts on upgrade kits for the X-Carve machines that include an X-Controller (control unit), a wider marker slide, a slide board for securing electronics, Zboard (for help centering the Z-axis) and a longer stepper-motor cable. Deals are broken down below-
Carvey- $250 off of regular price of $2,499- $2,249
X-Carve- $100 off of regular price of $1,328- $1,228 (for 500mm version)
X-carve upgrade kit- $50 off of regular price of $369- $319 (for 500mm version)
Buy $200 or more for bits and materials and receive a $50 gift card.
Deals are good through 11/28 by 5PM and are available here