San Francisco-based Otherfab has launched the Othermill on Kickstarter and it is close to reaching its $50,000 funding goal in just one day. It isn't a 3D printer, because it fabricates by cutting instead of adding, but it might be the perfect companion for a personal 3D printer.
The Othermill is a CNC (computer controlled) 3-axis mill designed for use at home or in a small workspace. It can cut a wide variety of materials, including metal, wood, stone, machining wax and FR-1 (circuit board) stock. Its applications range from engraved jewelry to custom printed circuit boards. Any tool with a 1/8" shank can be used with the Othermill, including all Dremel and Foredom Flex-Shaft accessories. It weighs 15 lbs. and its outer dimensions are 10 inches cubed. Its work area is 5.5" x 4.5" x 1.4" (140 x 114 x 36 mm).
The Othermill accepts Eagle BRD and SVG files. It can use any CAM processor that is compatible with the open source TinyG controller board from Synthetos. It supports any program that outputs g-code in arc/mm. Otherfab is also developing its own software called Othercam.
Remaining available pledges range from $1,199 to $2,499, depending on options. All Othermills come fully assembled.