Roland’s New CNC Hobby Mill

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

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By Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c't – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.

2400 Articles

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Roland DG is a subsidiary of the famous Japanese firm that makes sythesizers, drum machines, and other electronic musical instruments. Since 1983, the DG (“Digital Group”) brand has manufactured business-class plotters, engravers, mills, and other CNC tools. The iModela iM-01 is their first hobby-class product.

Superficially, it looks kind of like a Prusa Mendel with a rotary cutting tool in place of the extruder. The top of the “A frame” actually folds over so the substrate (itself taped to a spoil board) can be taped to the work platform. The product is not yet available in the US, but launched in Japan in early October, with an (English-friendly) official online community here. [Thanks, Billy Baque!]