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CNC beats 3D printing for bathroom use.

For immediate release, June 2014.

A practical Maker project, to celebrate today’s 'Day of Making' and the White House Maker Faire.

Utrecht (Netherlands) -- June 18, 2014 -- Today the Maker movement has reached the top: presenting selected projects to the President, on the White House Maker Faire.

Mr. Obama will surely be interested in a practical product that will end White House bathroom wars: DeskProto presents a custom Toothbrush holder, featuring a named position for each member of the presidential family. This will stop alleged regular fights about exchanged brushes. It is a typical Maker project: when you cannot buy the exact part that you need, simply Make it !

The brush-holder being used in the bathroom
A simple part, that can end your bathroom wars.

The brush-holder has been designed using a 3D CAD program (Rhino), and then has been made on a desktop computer-controlled (CNC) milling machine, using the DeskProto 3D CAM software.

"Currently 3D printers are in the spotlight for Makers" says Lex Lennings, DeskProto sales manager "however, for many applications using a CNC machine offers a better solution."

The lowcost filament 3D printers that are used by hobbyists are not suited for this application:
- for hygienic reasons: such 3D printed part is porous and thus cannot be kept properly clean.
- the holder's pins will easily break when printed in layers (depending on their orientation in the printer).

The alternative making technology of CNC machining is perfectly suited for this application: an appropriate material (food-safe, easy to be cleaned, strong) can be used, and the surface can be machined perfectly smooth so dirt won't stand a chance. Lowcost CNC machines are available from many sources: for any hobbyist user. A special hobby license for DeskProto is available as well.
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About DeskProto

DeskProto by Delft Spline Systems is the 3D CAM program that has made CNC milling a competitive technology for Rapid Prototyping. The software can import STL files from any 3D CAD system, and can export NC program files suited for any 3/4/5-axis CNC milling machine. 2D CAM and bitmap machining are possible as well. Key feature is the ease of use: DeskProto is aimed at designers, not (as most other CAM software) at CAM specialists.
Despite its low-end price DeskProto contains many high-end features, like automatic feedrate reduction at high chiploads, collet collision check, full rotation axis support, the two-sided milling wizard, and much more (not all options are available in the Lite edition). Current users range from one-person design and model shops to multinational A-brand companies like Unilever, Lancôme, Sony-Ericsson and NASA.
DeskProto is a registered trademark of Delft Spline Systems. For more information visit


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Illustration caption: "A simple part, that can end your bathroom wars."

For more information

For more information on this press release contact Lex Lennings of Delft Spline Systems
Tel +31 30 296 5957, Email

DeskProto is a registered trademark of Delft Spline Systems.