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Othermill on Kickstarter: a robust, personal CNC machine for milling circuit boards and more

David MellisMay 6th, 2013

My friend Jonathan Ward and the rest of the team at Otherfab have posted their new CNC milling machine, the Othermill, to KickStarter. This is a robust, low-cost machine for milling circuit boards, wax molds, wood, aluminum and more. The machine is made from high density polyethylene with an ingenious snap-fit mechanism that’s strong, reversible, and easy-to-assemble (although the machines will come fully assembled). There are lots of other clever features to ensure good alignment, minimal / non-existent slop, and quiet / robust performance. The working area is 5.5 x 4.5 x 1.4″ and the machine itself is only 10 inches cubed.

This is a great tool for milling your own circuit boards, something that’s done a lot in How to Make (Almost) Anything and at the MIT Media Lab and Center for Bits and Atoms generally. It handles relatively fine-pitched components (down to 1/64″ or even 0.010″ between traces) and is great for doing arbitrary shapes and cut outs. Here are some examples from the Othermill KickStarter page.

Jonathan has a long history of making milling machines, and I’m excited to see them get out into the world.

Find out more or support the project on KickStarter.

10 Responses to “Othermill on Kickstarter: a robust, personal CNC machine for milling circuit boards and more”

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  2. Dexxster Says:

    What is the cost to get one ???

  3. Rainer Says:

    I also want to know the cost and where I can order it.

  4. Domen Ornik Says:

    WTF? Affordable? 1000$ for this? And it isn’t even open hardware … Shame on them!

  5. Eric Singer Says:

    What? You want to be compensated for your work and not give away your designs for free? Shame on you!

    In all seriousness, what do you think the selling price will be?

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    This is our version of CNC

  10. thamer Says:

    I have a CNC withe a 3 unipolaire stepper motors . I want the programe of the CNC.

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