© Otherfab General | June 12, 2013
'People want CNC machines'
Now and then you see a product, or gadget, that you just know you want – some of them just because they fit you, they suit your needs – and with some, you just see possibilities.
Otherfab is a US, Bay Area company that is taking garage/DIY manufacturing to a whole new level, with ready to use products that will enable most people (if not all) to create a great arsenal of things. What's the catch, you might ask. We know there's always at least one. Well, to be honest, it is you. You're now the creator – you set the limits. Here you go, here is the Othermill (a desktop CNC mill) and the Othercutter (a CNC cutter), and now it is time for you decide how to use them. I touched based with Danielle Applestone, CEO of Otherfab, to talk about the product, the success of their Kickstarter project and the direction of the company. So will we see a take over of the prototype industry? Will the Othermill be the first choice for the new start-up companies that are experimenting with new solutions? – possibly – but that would more likely be a positive side effect as that is not really the aim of the company. But a revamp of the home/garage manufacturing businesses is something that is highly likely, that we'll see. The idea for the Othermill came from Jonathan Ward, the company's machine designer, while he was at MIT. “When we were at OtherLab however, we started working on a different machine as a part of an education project. We called the new machine Othercutter; designed to be a low-cost alternative for laser-cutters. And it cuts soft sheet materials, as it was primarily designed for classroom activities. So kids could be exposed to CNC-machines.” And if we were to look into the future, what will we see from Otherfab? What will be the next desktop-machine to roll out of the factory space? “Imagine this; any power tool that you have to use with your hands, you can figure out a way to make it CNC controlled, and if there's a demand for it – and we think that is a reasonable assumption – we're going to pursue it.” “It will be great once there's a full suite of machines – which is what we're going for.”
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