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UNIMAT 1 Basic and Classic

UNIMAT1 BASIC is ideal to introduce children into the world of machine tools because of its multifunctionality and the child friendly use. The machines have the same features as big industrial machines, the only differences are their size and the 12V drive.

The main area of use for the BASIC kit is wood working. Especially for woodturning and fretsaw models, where the design is done freehand, you will have much pleasure with UNIMAT1 BASIC.

For model-making professionals who also make functional models we recommend the UNIMAT1 CLASSIC kit. The CLASSIC kit contains all the components of the BASIC kit and much, much more. So e.g. the slides and the means of clamping, in order to fix the workpiece (e.g. the axis of an RC-car) and the required tool(e.g. lathe tool) at the most accurate position and at any random angle.

For additional machine variations, the CLASSIC kit contains the components necessary for building-up to a stationary drilling machine, a metal turning machine, and a horizontal and vertical mill.

In brief, for creative freehand working of wood and plastic we recommend the BASIC kit, for metalworking, and everywhere where it depends on precision, the UNIMAT1 CLASSIC is the kit of your choice.

By accessories optionally numerous further machine tools can be constructed. The hobby mechanical engineer is offered all possibilities by the modular system, to realize his technical dreams and ideas. The operating gear cutter still is nothing special, try to fiddle about with a spiral milling machine.... Everything conceivable is possible. To the interested our extensive supporting documents offer the equipment for starting into the world of mechanical engineering.

Actually PLAYmake is rather a toy with a 12V drive, whereas UNIMAT1 BASIC represents a real machine tool.

UNIMAT1 BASIC originally was developed for model construction, but is also best suited for children. Strong 12V motor, but still child friendly. Run by a 12V power supply, already included in the kit.

The primary structure of UNIMAT1 consists of aluminium profiles, while PLAYmake is made of plastic. Through upgrade sets UNIMAT1 is upgradeable indefinitely, while PLAYmake is limited to its 4 applications – woodturning lathe, saw, sanding and drilling machine.

Also PLAYmake is a fully functional machine tool, however sense of achievement can only be promised when processing soft wood.

Saw: plywood up to 12mm, solid wood up to 8mm
Lathe: the complete kinds of wood, fibre-free plastics, soft and non-ferrous metal up to the temper of brass
Turning Lathe: basically all kinds of wood are turnable, above all short grained woods as beech and fruit woods turn out beautiful. For the beginner we recommend lime wood, because it is relatively soft and has short grains which results in a beautiful surface. Even soft metals can be worked freehanded.


BASIC: oofficially from 8 years, but if the kids are introduced by someone gradually, it is possible sooner. 
CLASSIC: officially from 12 years, skilled children and tinkerers, resp. those, who have experience with UNIMAT1 BASIC, correspondingly sooner.

The lift of the saw blade and so the cut movement of the teeth is only approx. 3mm. The skin is capable to move this short distance and won't get hurt. A cut into the material happens only when the materials are rigid, like wood, plastics or metals.

UNIMAT MetalLine + PowerLine

For all PowerLine applications we recommend our variable power adaptor 12V or a second standard transformator with a 12V connector


The computerized manufacturing of a model starts with designing it on a PC. For this purpose a wide range of CAD (Computer Aided Design) applications are available on the market.

In the next step, the design file is opened with the CAM (Computer Aided Manufacturing)  oftware. The CAM application generates the tool paths based on your entered and defined processing parameters. These paths, as well as certain other machine commands, are converted into G-Code (normed programming language of numerical control). Most CAM applications can export such machine code in compliance with the RS274D standard (DIN 66025). G-Code for simple geometrical forms can also be compiled manually.

In the third and final step this code has to be imported into a CNC (Computerized Numerical Control) application. Line-by-line, the commands are converted into processing signals for the drive motors. The machine travels according to these directions and the work piece is processed.