© Otherfab General | May 14, 2013
Desktop manufacturing made real – meet the Othermill
Ok, but exactly what is 'desktop manufacturing'?. Well, it's like industrial manufacturing – but on a smaller, really smaller scale – with for a example a computer numerical controlled (CNC) machine, such as the Othermill.
The machine is developed by a company called Otherfab, located in San Francisco. “When we designed the Othermill, we made a number of careful decisions about materials, construction, and components. We wanted to produce a machine that would be easy to use, but output high quality parts. The Othermill stands out in appearance, because it is made from high density polyethylene (HDPE). HDPE is chemical resistant and moisture proof, leading to a longer lasting machine”, the company writes. But the real question is, what can you do with it? Well firstly, it can cut a number of materials such as; wood, plastic, metal, machining wax and PCB stock FR-1. So with the Othermill, you can produce custom circuit boards at home, or at the office. So in conclusion, the machine would allow one to test out ideas without involving a manufacturer. Specifications:© Otherfab - Othermill
- Outer dimensions: 10” x 10” x 10”
- Working area: 5.5” x 4-5” x 1.4”
- Weight: 15 lbs.
- Max traverse speed: 1'000 mm/min
- Max spindle speed: 12'000 rpm
- Max resolution: 0.001”/0.01mm
- Power supply: 110/220 VAC
- Interface: USB
- File input: Eagle BRD SVG
- Materials: Single or double sided FR-1 copper-clad PCB. Wood, such as birch plywood and maple. Plastics, such as HDPE, ABS and PVC. Non-ferrous metals such as brass, copper and aluminum. Machining wax.
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