Altium is running a summer competition around their free PCB design tool CircuitMaker, giving electronics designers around the world a chance to win a brand-new OtherMill Pro milling machine to the value of USD 3,199. The deadline for entries is end of August.

Hold on to your seats! This is really great news – in addition to the ongoing Project of the Month competition we hold, we get to run a Project of the Summer Competition as well! (Southern Hemisphericals are included too, though it’s winter down under right now). How is it possible? Our friends at OtherMachine Co. are generously donating a brand-new OtherMill Pro. What’s better yet, the Othermill Pro will be the very first off the production line – yep, serial number 1.

In my last blog I was showing how I got from idea to prototype in a single afternoon using the current model of the OtherMill. It’s a remarkable machine, extremely well-manufactured, and what glues it all together is the really excellent CAM processor software, OtherPlan. In fact, just in the last week they released an updated version which sliced the milling time to a fraction of what it was. You can now literally route a board in minutes, route a solder paste stencil, assemble and reflow, test, rinse, repeat. And the Othermill Pro takes the accuracy to a whole new level, being able to go down to 25 microns! That means you can prototype 5mils track and space no sweat, and make the most intricately detailed CNC parts.

Full competition details, including rules and how to enter are available at