This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, April 26 2019 3:59 AM UTC +00:00.
It's finally here. Introducing the LongMill.
In 2016, we started Sienci Labs with the goal of making CNC technology more accessible to makers like you. Our first goal was to create a small but powerful open-source desktop CNC kit that was perfect for beginners and people who wanted to explore CNC as a hobby.
In August 2016, we launched a successful Kickstarter raising over $60,000 to build the first batch of Sienci Mill One CNC machines.
People loved the Sienci Mill One for it's simplicity, and affordability, but wanted a way to do larger projects. That's why we created the LongMill.
The LongMill comes in a variety of sizes, depending on the length of your rails.
We designed the LongMill to be rigid, reliable, and easy to put together. With larger extruded aluminum rails, fully supported Y-axis, 1/4" steel gantries on all axes, and high precision MG-12 type linear guides on the Z-axis, the LongMill is the most powerful CNC router in its class and price point.
The LongMill helps you take your woodworking and fabrication to the next level. Its range of workable materials include: any species of wood, a variety of plastics, soft metals like aluminum and brass, and a variety of machinable foams and waxes for model making or metal casting.
Not only does the LongMill have tonnes of oomph, the price point is like none other. By using highly accessible and standardized materials and parts, as well as utilizing our angle v wheel design, we're able to build a machine at a price point never before seen of a machine this caliber.
Every kit comes with all...
- Hardware, rails, lead screws, and gantries
- Motors, drivers, and electronics
- Software (downloadable from our website)
- Instructions (downloadable from our website)
Assembly only takes a few hours, and can be done with a set of wrenches, allen keys, and a flat head screwdriver. There is absolutely no soldering. We've spent hundreds of hours designing and testing the LongMill to ensure that this machine is easy to put together. If you can put together IKEA furniture, then putting together the LongMill will be a breeze.
You will need to get...
- Your own wasteboard/spoilboard (found at your local hardware store)
- A router (purchase one from us, use one you already have, or find one at your local hardware store/online)*
*Routers that we supply will be 110V only (North America). If you live in a country which uses a different voltage, please purchase a router in your region. LongMills will come with a power supply that supports both 110V and 220V.
For routers, we recommend the Makita RT0700/RT0701. It's a reliable and super powerful router that we've been using on our CNC machines for years.
Here are some other compatible routers we recommend
- Rigid R2401
- Bosch Colt
- Dewalt 611
Don't see your router listed? You'll be able to let us know the diameter of your router so that we can make a router mount for you (in the backer survey).
Please note that routers/spindles which are
- Over 2.7kg/6lbs
- Wider than 75mm/3"
May not be compatible (but we'll try to make it work)
What makes this machine unique is that it is designed to be mounted directly to a wasteboard/spoilboard (we recommend using 3/4" MDF) or other flat surface.
3/4" MDF is readily available at virtually all hardware and lumber stores such as Home Depot and Lowes (you can even get them to cut it to size).
LongMill 12x12: Fits on a 2ftx2ft surface
LongMill 12x30: Fits on a 2ftx4ft surface
LongMill 30x30: Fits on a 4ftx4ft surface
Not only are we providing a Kickstarter discount for all machines backed through this campaign, we're also going to throw in a set of end mills to get you started.
- 1x 1/4" upcut bit
- 1x 1/4" downcut bit
- 2x 1/8" upcut bit
- 2x 1/8" ball nose bit
- 1x 1/4" to 1/8" collet adapter
Back this Kickstarter to get the best deal on your LongMill.
To include add-ons, just add the value of each add-on to your pledge. For example, if you want a LongMill 30x30 and the dust shoe, make your pledge:
$1300CAD(LongMill 30x30) + $45CAD(Dust Shoe) = $1345CAD
If you didn't get the add-ons you want, or want to wait until after the end of the Kickstarter campaign, you'll be able to purchase them from our store before your machine ships.
We have strong relationships built between our manufacturers through the last few years building the Mill One.
- Aluminum stock comes from Cambridge
- Fasteners come from St Jacobs
- Steel gantries are manufactured in Wellesley
- Powder coating is done in Linwood
- Aluminum drilling and tapping is done in Conestogo and Princeton
- Custom boxes are manufactured in Kitchener
- Packaging supplies come from Milton
- 3D printing material comes from Vaughan
With their help, we are able to build high quality machines and provide you with affordable prices.
Along with the help of ten beta testers across North America and France, we've spend the last eight months testing and iterating on the design of the LongMill. Beta testers have made everything from guitars to signs, charcuterie boards to birdhouses.
This not only helped us nail down places to improve the LongMill, but helped us figure out how to improve manufacturing, packing, and assembly.
Things to know about the beta testing program:
- 10 beta testers were chosen out of approximately 40 applicants. Testers were chosen to ensure a diverse set of backgrounds, skills, needs, and wants
- Beta testers had the option of testing a LongMill 12x12 for $850CAD or LongMill 30x30 for $1200CAD
- Each beta machine came partially assembled and shipped to the beta tester, with some assembly done by the tester
See what some of our beta testers have to say.
To ensure that the LongMill is as simple and easy as possible to use, we've made it compatible with all of the most popular CAM software. We even made our own free CAM program called CAMLab.
CAMLab was created to allow users to easily create gcode from STL files, and runs completely on the cloud.
There are also many free and easy to use softwares available for added functionality. You can find the ones we've use here.
If you're interested in learning more on how to create gcode, make sure to sign up for our mailing list to be notified about webinars, classes, and other resources. Also, check out past webinars on our Youtube playlist.
We will continue to work on and create additional resources to help our community of users utilize their LongMills to their fullest.
Chris and I (Andy...I'm the one writing this) are excited to share our passion for CNC and automated manufacturing. Since meeting each other in first year mechanical engineering at the University of Waterloo, we've done countless projects in robotics, manufacturing, design, and more.
We hope to share this journey from Kickstarter to a future where everyone can realize their designs and ideas through machines like the LongMill.
*Update* Due to the high number of backers (thank you!), backers who pledged for a LongMill after April 7th should know that their machines may deliver into September. This is to help provide reasonable expectations and timelines. We have already started production on these machines to give ourselves a head start and ship machines as early as possible.
Risks and challenges
This isn't our first rodeo. We've learned a lot from our first Kickstarter campaign and we plan to make this one go even smoother.
Our experience building and manufacturing the Mill One has helped us create close relationships with manufacturers and suppliers in Ontario and overseas that have helped us build the first 12 prototype and beta LongMills, and we plan on working with them to build out our Kickstarter machines as well.
We built the first batch of beta machines and gave them to a diverse set of people to help us test the performance, durability, and fun-ness of the LongMill. This has helped us make improvements to the design and guide us in making new innovations.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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