[Noisebridge-discuss] Other Mill for Noisebridge?

Mitch Altman maltman23 at hotmail.com
Mon Jun 29 09:01:33 UTC 2015


A new CNC mill for Noisebridge isn't  mutually exclusive of our new pick & place machine and old CNC mill (which works, but is kinda finicky).  But, Other Mill being MacOS only is quite a hindrance. 


> Date: Mon, 29 Jun 2015 00:02:16 -0700
> From: jake at spaz.org
> To: noisebridge-discuss at lists.noisebridge.net
> Subject: Re: [Noisebridge-discuss] Other Mill for Noisebridge?
> 
> 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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