DIY PCB Milling Machine – Part 1 – Building Frame

A maker space is never complete without any fast method to prototype a Electronics project. And the longest process in it is to make the PCBs. Till now I have been using the Toner transfer method and Ferric Chloride. You can watch a video I made here. Etching method involves many steps. The printing, transfer, corrections after transfer, etching, scrubbing and then drilling holes before I get so solder.

Now you can understand why I desperately want a PCB milling machine. After I design a PCB on the computer I just want to click a button and the PCB should be ready. A PCB milling machines costs about 35000 indian rupees. But whats the fun if we can’t make our own.


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Co-founder of Makerbot, Bre Pettis acquires milling machine company Other Machine

Former CEO and co-founder of 3D printing company Makerbot, Bre Pettis has acquired a non 3D printing associated company – the CNC milling system firm Other Machine.

American firm, Other Machine operates from Berkeley and is the designer of the Othermill Pro desktop milling system. Bre Pettis by now serves as CEO and founding father of Bre & Co, founded in 2016, the firm creates customized 3D printed gifts and heirlooms.

Othermill Pro

Other Machine unveiled its Othermill product line on Kickstarter with the original machine raising over $311,000 back in 2013. The most up-to-date system, the Othermill Pro, currently sells for $3,199.

With the help of its 3-axis toolhead, the machine has the potential to mill Printed Circuits and carve 3D shapes. The most crucial feature of the equipment is its capability to be incorporated in an office setup. The Othermill Pro is sufficiently small to fit on a worktable, peaceful enough to feature in a communal working environment and can accelerate production processes by creating in-house in lieu of outsourcing.

Together with hardware equipment, the Berkeley company in addition has introduced its unique Otherplan software for the CNC machines. Bre Pettis states he is “thrilled” to acquire Other Machine as,

The Othermill Pro is an superb milling machine that is so exact that electrical engineers has the ability to mill Printed Circuits with 6 mil traces and develop Printed Circuits more rapidly than a Printed Circuit service. I’m happy to return in the arena boosting forerunners.

Printed Circuits and electronics

CEO of Other Machine, Dr. Danielle Applestone points out, “I wait for building on our commitment of accessible prototyping machines for professional engineers and empowering a generation of students using the Othermill Pro to learn and make their thoughts be realized.”

Applestone additionally said she’ll continue in her position as CEO and is “delighted to get Bre’s support.”

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