Roland have released the iModela, a desktop 3D mill aimed at the consumer market.
... the iModela is an inexpensive ($1000), easy-to-use (cough) desktop device that mills
wax, foam, balsa wood and plastic materials commonly used in craft and
iModela also comes with iModela Creator design software to create and mill shapes, holes, textures and patterns along with free-hand drawing tools so users
can sketch out "more complex ideas". With iModela Creator, users can
either download a file or create original 3D models and designs right on
a personal computer.
Roland iModela iM-01 Features:
Precisely mills 3D shapes, patterns and designs out of foam, wax, balsa wood and plastic
iModela Creator, Roland’s 3D
design software, is included, allowing users to accurately mill shapes,
holes, textures and patterns right out of the box
Affordable, easy-to-use platform for exploring creativity
Easy to setup and operate, with
just a power switch, simple LED display and external control panel for
adjusting computer settings
Compact, desktop device stores in a dedicated carrying case and travels easily
A specially designed spindle motor unit supports a variety of milling tools commonly available at model shops and do-it-yourself (DIY) retailers
iModela artists can share projects and learn from others around the world by joining the online community at http://icreate.rolanddg.com
The icreate site was down at the time of writing but it will be interesting to see how they run the site.