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7 Responses to “Othermill: kickstarting a desktop 3D computer-controlled mill for circuit-boards, jewelry and more”

  1. dragonfrog says:

    A somewhat similar product was a successful Kickstarter project a few years ago:
    http://www.mydiycnc.com/

    It lacks the easy portability of the Othermill, but it looks like you can buy one now.

  2. It’s worth noting that it can only print 1-sided PCBs, and only at 10 mil trace/space. 4-layer and 7 mil trace/space are about the minimum to implement a compact, complex design.

    • Mike Estee says:

      Hi Max!

      Currently the smallest micro-endmill we have tried is a 10mil. Our machine will do 2 sided boards quite nicely, but like all board mills one still has to solder the vias by hand.

      You are correct that 4 layer boards would probably be to much trouble for a machine like ours and would be a better job for a production board house.

      Thanks,
      Mike

      • I checked the KS page before posting, and it says:
        “We are working on double sided PCB functionality for Othercam. It probably won’t be ready for the initial release but it is in the works.”

  3. Al Billings says:

    How is this better than the much larger and cheaper Zen Toolworks CNC mill? The Othermill mainly seems to have portability and ease of use going for it but has sacrificed working area extensively.

  4. openfly says:

    This is pretty damned expensive compared to bigger better mills coming out of hong kong / china.

  5. classic101 says:

    Way too expensive!!!

    The two best USA manufacturers that have been in business for decades are http://www.sherline.com and http://www.taigtools.com  these two machines can cut steel and are one of the best desktop semi portable mills you can buy.

    SHERLINE and Taig are fantastic machines for the money. Grab their CNC ready version and a set of motors and drivers out of ebay. and you are good to go. 

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