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Monday, May 20, 2013

Cool Stuff from Maker Faire: The Othermill

I went to Maker Faire last week, and saw lots of cool things.  I will be profiling them here.

I am going to start with the Othermill.  I saw it and immediately wanted to buy one to tinker with.  Unfortunately the price ($1399 on Kickstarter) was a little high for an impulse buy, but is a good deal for a machine like this.  I hope to get one in the near future.

The Othermill is a portable, computer controlled, 3-axis mill that is specifically designed for use at home or in a small workspace. Our objective is to build a mill that is compact, clean, and quiet enough for use at home, yet is precise enough for high level electrical and mechanical prototyping work. The Othermill will be at home on your desk, in your workshop, or on your kitchen table.

Check it out in action.

The Othermill is the first project out of OtherFab in San Francisco.  According to their website, they are interested in portable, accessible, computer-controlled machines, and how they can help us design our world. With the ability to make custom circuitry, they can now build our own smart objects - medicine bottles that email reminders, shoes that tell you how fast you went, and even glasses that know when you need to put on sunscreen. The Othermill is their contribution to custom circuit design and the desktop manufacturing revolution.

If you want one, or want to support the project on Kickstarter, you have until June 4th when the project ends.  I am excited that they already met their initial goal and are working towards their stretch goals.  I look forward to the other things that they develop.

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