[Noisebridge-discuss] Other Mill for Noisebridge?

Adam Munich adam at aperture.systems
Mon Jun 29 07:37:35 UTC 2015


I'm just gonna leave this here.

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1090944145/pocket-nc-the-first-5-axis-cnc-mill-for-your-deskt
On Jun 29, 2015 12:09 AM, "Jake" <jake at spaz.org> wrote:

> On 06/28/2015 05:07 PM, Mitch Altman wrote:
>
>> Other Mill is a robust CNC milling machine made by a small company
>> here in the Mission.
>>
>> Maybe you saw it when they came to Noisebridge a few months ago and
>> gave a demo.  It's really nice for making PCBs (amongst other things).
>>
>> They really want to sell us one of their machines, at a 5%
>> discount.  That would come to ~$2,100.
>>
>> Do you think there's enough interest for raising the funds to get one
>> for Noisebridge?
>>
>
> The MaxNC mill is still at noisebridge in the dirty shop, and it's better
> than the othermill in every way, and did i mention we already have it?
>
> https://www.noisebridge.net/wiki/MaxNCMill
>
> it was semi-recently used to make keys:
>
> https://noisebridge.net/wiki/Key_Milling
>
> I think noisebridge could get much more interesting things for $2100 than
> another mill, but we would have to think creatively and put time into
> playing with them.  I would say we should get a pick-n-place machine but we
> just got one donated!  So instead, put your time into learning and teaching
> CAD software (like KiCAD which is FOSS) and making circuitboards, and
> having the machine put the parts on!
>
> also, i was really turned off by the othermill because the authors said
> the software was ONLY for macOS, and when i asked if the machine worked
> with regular G-code (on other platforms) they straight-up DIDN'T KNOW.
> Also, their software is closed-source!  WTF?
>
> so while i like the idea and i think it's cute, i don't think noisebridge
> needs one at all.
>
> noisebridge needs hackers to go there and hack on stuff, like the MaxNC
> mill and the new Pick-n-place machine.
>
> -jake
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