MilleBot is a deep-tech company whose mission is to create next-generation mobile manufacturing technologies that give people the ability to create anywhere. Using this philosophy, they have successfully designed and built the first patented advanced digital-manufacturing system within an ISO shipping container. Andy Tran, founder of MilleBot, describes their system as a conex machine platform for advanced digital manufacturing. It can print, mill, and more, with multiple interchangeable tool heads that extrude plastic (PLA), clay, concrete, and metal hybrid pelletized materials. It also contains a laser deposition head, with options for customization, as well as a newly integrated a five-axis CNC that is used for cutting composite carbon fiber panels.
The mobile challenge
One of the unique features of this machine platform is that it is housed within a shipping container, allowing it to be rapidly deployed in all types of locations. This challenge of building a mobile system that will operate in a variety of conditions requires a machine that is equipped with enduring components, software, and a robust overall structure. This was especially true when it came to implementing the multi-axis linear motion hardware.