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The MTM Snap was designed by Jonathan Ward of MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms. It costs about $500, runs off an Arduino, is CNCed out of HDPE, and can mill a 5″ x 3″ x 1.75″ area. Design files and BOM are available if you want to make your own. [Via the Arduino blog]

John Baichtal

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  1. I wonder how well it’d do for PCB milling

    1. Anonymous says:

      Follow the first link and they show it doing precisely (a pun!) that.

      Also, I think I would buy one of these.  Someone commercialize/make a kit please.

  2. I am counting the days until WowWee or AirHogs or someone starts dumping these for $100 at Best Buy. I’m actually a little surprised it hasn’t happened yet.

    Heck, make it $300 and sell it at ToysRUs as a thing that lets your kids make their own toys. It would sell like crazy.

    1. migpics says:

      Then ToysRUs wouldn’t sell any toys because you could just make them yourself and you’d have to change the name of the store to “Toys 4 U by U, not Us.”  :)

      1. helifino says:

        Why not?  The big toy makers have been selling toy making toys for decades…
        (http://www.samstoybox.com/toys/HotWheelsFactory.html for example)

      2. helifino says:

        Why not?  The big toy makers have been selling toy making toys for decades…
        (http://www.samstoybox.com/toys/HotWheelsFactory.html for example)

      3. helifino says:

        Why not?  The big toy makers have been selling toy making toys for decades…
        (http://www.samstoybox.com/toys/HotWheelsFactory.html for example)

  3. Anonymous says:

    There is a $300 DIY CNC kit by Zen Toolworks that you can purchase from Amazon and is ready to assemble. Its work area is 7″ x 7″ (not sure about vertical). The kit has been out for quite a while and people seem to be satisfied with theirs. There are some YouTube videos too.

    1. helifino says:

      According to their website, 2″ in z.

    2. helifino says:

      According to their website, 2″ in z.

    3. helifino says:

      According to their website, 2″ in z.

    4. helifino says:

      According to their website, 2″ in z.

  4. So according to the available plans, the following makes up the bulk of the pricing which is why it is $500 – otherwise it would be like $150 or so?

    leadscrew 1/4″-20 2:1 6′ stainless 1 x 123.98
    leadscrew nut 1/4″ – 20 2:1 wear compensating 3 x 23.97
    Nema 17 stepper motor 3 x 20.95