New maker toy arrived today. I had kickstarted the FR4 from PocketNC, which is a simple small CNC milling machine (I already have a 1000mm X-Carve). What makes this so cool is not that it is just another micro-mill, since the OtherMill is likely a way better CNC. What I bought it for was that it is a really novel construction technique.
Anyone who has ever made a 3D printer or CNC mill from a kit knows it is painful as there is wiring and there is a frame, and connecting that whole mess together in a way that doesn’t pinch wires, has all the different drivers hooked to the right wires (who hasn’t flipped a y-axis motor?) etc. Well they decided to make the whole thing out of extra-thick structural PCB. instead of gluing or screwing the frame together, you solder the tabs in place, since that is actually the “wiring” of the device. The case and wiring are all one thing.
@Dan, can you laser cut PCB? (obviously prior to putting copper on) These are milled since you can see the dog-bones in the tabs. And if anyone is feeling generous in the forums, yes I would love one of the PocketNC 5-axis CNC machines for my birthday!