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Easel is now available to everyone


Today we are extremely happy to announce that Easel is available to everyone. 

Easel is a web app for 3D carving with the Shapeoko. You design in 2D while simultaneously viewing a 3D preview of your design cut into the material of your choice with real-world machine considerations like bit size. You'll see instantly what parts of your design can be cut with your size of bit. Import an existing design or use our simple and intuitive design tools to make something new. Then just connect to your Shapeoko and hit "Carve". 





Stamp project
Sign project
Before getting into the why behind Easel, you should try it out for yourself. Go to app.easel.com and try it out. We've also created a section of Easel projects you can get started with right away. This stamp project and sign project are both fun and easy introductions.





Why would a hardware store make software?

To us and to our customers, Inventables is much more than a hardware store. Our core objective is to feed the revolution of small-scale design, fabrication and manufacturing. 

Our first step towards that goal was sourcing beautiful, high quality, hard-to-find raw materials in workable sizes. 

Next, together with Edward Ford, we took on the distribution of the Shapeoko CNC milling machine. The Shapeoko was revolutionary in its low cost and barrier to entry. With $650 you could have a CNC that carved wood, metal, acrylic and other materials. 

It was a natural extension from there to attack the software side of digital fabrication. We wanted to put Shapeokos where they could never have gone with the existing software pipeline. We wanted to put them in schools, libraries, artists studios, design shops. We needed software that would get people excited about using a mill. We needed software designed to help you succeed. So we made Easel.


I am most proud of Easel's accessibility. At the San Mateo Maker Faire, we had people who had never seen a CNC before using Easel to carve things in under 5 minutes. We had children as young as 7 making things on our Shapeokos (remember your safety glasses!). We were blown away by the ideas people had about how the Shapeoko could work for their business and hobby in ways we had never thought of before: things like making carbon fiber frames for drones to making custom frames for a bee keeping operation.

Our core belief is that given the right tools, everyone can and should make their mark. Easel is the next step for Inventables towards that goal, but it won't be our last.


We look forward to your feedback and suggestions as we continue to make Easel easier and awesomer!

-Paul Kaplan, software engineer and lead Easel developer.



4 comments:

JDM929 said...

I never really considered Inventables to be a hardware store. That would be a gross oversimplification.

I appreciate the software, hopefully I can play with it soon.

Brendan O said...

I guess this is different to the easel.io (owned by Github?) that is closing down 31st October.

Unfortunate clash of names for "design" products.

Zach Kaplan said...

Yes this is Easel.com for 3D Carving.

David Williams said...

Would love to see a stand alone version so one can work without the hassle of an internet connection.