I built the first MicroMill last year to solve a problem my team and I were having - the 3d printers we had just couldn't make parts strong and precise enough for the application, and outsourcing was getting enormously expensive (and the delay was hugely disruptive).
We set out to buy a CNC machine at first - but the cheap/unbranded machines didn't have the build quality to consistently produce precise parts in the range of materials we wanted to use, and the more established desktop machines (OtherMill/Roland) were so vastly expensive it would have eaten up way too much of our budget and stopped all progression.
The solution was to make our own - the end result was so pleasing we started showing people and thats when it twigged that if we spent time refining it, we could solve the problem of a low cost, high precision CNC machine for all! :)
This is one of our favourite pieces we've made so far - and it perfectly shows the benefits of this machine for artists and makers. Talia has some beautiful pieces that inspired us to do make our own out of a PCB. So many people can benefit from making custom circuit boards at home - and with this machine you can do!
CAD model of our finalised version - one of the big things we've learned with our current unit is you want to be able to see into the machine from all round the room to track milling progress. So we're putting in polycarbonate side windows so you don't have to be directly in front of the machine to see whats going on. Also makes for more cool photo taking opportunities!