Exactly one week ago our Kickstarter ended. In the end we reached 600% of our initial goal, $311,657 in funding, and the opportunity to perfect and deliver over 200 machines. We are also super happy to report that our estimate of the number of machines purchased by women is 10%. That number might seem low, except that the amount of women who are machinists, operating engineers, or computer control programmers/operators in the US is ~4.5%. * One of our goals is to bring CNC to everyone of all ages, genders, and experience levels, and it looks like we are moving in that direction.Some of you may be wondering… What are we Otherfabbers doing with our lives now that the Kickstarter has completed? Our industrial CNC machines are up and and running, so we are optimizing the manufacture of the Othermill frame. This week, we started running tests on different methods of frame construction. The ‘snap’ construction is great for prototyping and quick to assemble, but milling all of the channels in every snap joint adds quite a bit of manufacturing time to each machine. We know that there is better solution, so we are systematically working our way toward it.
Motors from our first shipment from Haydon Kerk.
We also received our first shipment of motors for the Othermill, which means we have all the parts necessary to build some pre-production machines and refine our assembly and quality control processes.
It was a great week and spirits are high. We love what we are doing, and it seems like other people love it too.
* “Employed persons by detailed occupation, sex, race, and Hispanic or Latino ethnicity,” Labor Force Statistics from the Current Population Survey, Bureau of Labor Statistics, 2012, http://www.bls.gov/cps/cpsaat11.htm