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What would you make with a desktop CNC milling machine

The MTM Snap is an open source CNC desktop milling machine designed at the MIT Center for Bits and Atoms. The frame, milling head and bed are milled from 1/2" HDPE and are designed to snap together around the other required hardware for fast and easy construction.

It's designed primarily for use manufacturing PCBs but the project site lists waxes and plastics as other materials that it can be used to machine.

I've been given one to play with, if YOU had access to one, what would you use it to make?



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jaesn3 years ago
Oh, so beautiful. Allow me a moment to to wipe the drool from my keyboard. I would fab so many PCBs I would have to hook that up to a 20gal shop vac. Not to mention the sound proofing required to keep them both quiet. Don't want to get evicted since it would be running 24 hours a day.
ASCAS3 years ago
I would build cool custom made project enclosure, giving it a cool professional look. And not to forget making robot such as the bioloid and buttler bot :))))))
purpulhaze3 years ago
Cheamical free PCBs!
protolabs4 years ago
i would make signs,sprockets, and gears. gears are hard to make otherwise.
what woldnt i make ? if i had to replace something iwould....CNC IT
Looks pretty cool!
I would make the parts needed for a spazzi robot...I have wanted to finish it for a long time but I don't have the 3d parts!
Hmm...

Attempt to print a desktop milling machine within a desktop milling machine within a desktop milling machine within a desktop milling machine within a desktop milling machine upon my desk.

I'd probably take it for walks too.
This was the first thought that came to my mind, as well! Kudos!
Chein4 years ago
Talking from my own CNC milling endeavour, milling basic parts are easy, but for complicated/intricate parts, coming from zero machining background, it will take a very long time and lots of ruined parts before you finally figure everything out and get things right..

CNC milling is not for the faint hearted, lots of things to learn. But going through all that I well worth the trouble..
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