The DIWire transforms drawn curves into bent wire that can be assembled to make just about anything.
- November 18, 2013
Pensa Labs has developed the DIWire Bender, the first desktop CNC wire bender. A new archetype for desktop manufacturing and rapid prototyping, the DIWire transforms drawn curves into bent wire that can be assembled to make just about anything.
To date, desktop manufacturing has focused on 3D printers outputting plastic volumes and laser cutters cutting 2D planes. However, nothing exists that converts lines into bent rod, wire or tubular forms quickly, accurately, and repeatably. The DIWire can bend various metals and plastics, allowing for the output to be used as the final product. Additionally, the build volume is limited only by the length of the wire.
By being transportable, accessible and affordable, the DIWire fills the market gap between time-consuming hand-bending and large scale, mass production CNC wire bending, which is too expensive for custom, short-run productions. This changes the dynamics of STEM education, as well as local, mass customized, prototype and just-in-time manufacturing for industries ranging from aerospace, automotive, medical, to consumer products.
In developing the DIWire, we focused on creating a seamless user experience, from the software interface, to the machine design, to accessories that help with assembly.
Pensa Labs is the brainchild of Pensa, a Brooklyn-based design firm with a track record of developing successful products, brands and strategies. Pensa firmly believes that the world can be continuously improved through understanding people and providing them with great design and a bit of clever invention.
Pensa has years of experience bringing products to market. We already have 10 working machines successfully being beta tested, so there will be no surprises about the function of the machine and software. That said, no production run is without its hiccups. We know that production schedules are predictably unreliable due to a number of factors: factory adjustments for speed/efficiencies, shipping problems, supply snags and so on. We have the team and timeline to address production delays and logistical challenges of shipping to a wide range of people and places. We will take the time needed to get it right. If there is a delay that looks like it will threaten our timeline, we will update you immediately. None of these challenges are insurmountable. We know because we have done this many times, and we'll bend over backwards to get the DIWire to you.
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