After we put the finishing touches on each lovingly handmade Othermill in our Berkeley factory, we send it off to its new home, knowing it'll be making amazing things in the hands of our brilliant community members. The fun part for us is seeing what our Othermills have been up to since they flew the nest. You all inspire us!
OMC community member Duncan Haldane has built the world’s greatest jumping robot. No, seriously. Haldane’s bot is named Salto (short for “saltatorial locomotion on terrain obstacles”), weighs 100 grams, is 26 centimeters tall when fully extended, and can jump to 1.007 meters. Impressive, to say the least.
Here at OMC, we love seeing our community’s brilliance at work, particularly when it comes to fabricating solutions to everyday problems. We recently heard from Rundong (Kevin) Tian, a grad student at UC Berkeley who is involved with the powerful work produced at the Hybrid Ecologies Lab. Tian’s work has been previously mentioned in our case study on UC Berkeley’s CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society) and its Invention Lab, where Tian first began working with the Othermill.
STEM education for youth has gained so much attention in recent years (and rightfully so), with everyone from the White House to local after-school clubs singing the praises of hands-on learning. This was definitely not the case in the late 80s, when educator Tom Dubick began teaching engineering at Charlotte Latin School in North Carolina.
We love hearing about all the neat, diverse projects our community members make with the Othermill. Some of the best ones are built to solve a problem, and we recently got the following note from Maria Eberhardt when the Pacific Northwest was facing some serious storms last week. She made a multi-voltage LED light in case they lost power.
New media designer and ITP master’s student Dhruv Damle recently wrote in to share a beautiful project he made using one of the Othermills at ITP’s Soft Lab: his oak and aluminum abstract map of Manhattan.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with offices around the world, Blackmagic Design has been pushing the envelope on digital cinematography and production equipment since it was founded in 1984 by CEO Grant Petty. The company is known for making accessible, cutting-edge, high-end gear, previously cost-restrictive to all but professionals, a mission that strongly resonates with us here at Other Machine Co.
It’s no secret that the Othermill is a phenomenal tool when it comes to milling custom circuit boards. Hobbyist, students, and professionals alike have shared stories of how the Othermill has significantly improved their workflow and allowed them to rapidly prototype like never before (read a few in the story links below).
We love hearing that, almost as much as we love supporting our users and helping making their experience as simple and fun as possible. To that end, we’ve been working hard to increase the support guides we have available. Here is a list of resources that we hope you enjoy and find useful as you mill PCBs on your trusty Othermill.
What’s an .svg file? Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg) is a common image file format. Unlike raster image files (like .jpg, .gif, and .png) that store images in grids of colored pixels, .svg files store image information as lines and shapes. As such, they can be scaled to any size and still look perfectly sharp, unlike a .jpg, which may look fuzzy and pixelated when scaled up.
More importantly, because .svg files store shapes instead of pixels, Otherplan can turn the shapes into toolpaths, which you can then cut on the Othermill.
Did you know that 80% of the parts that comprise the Othermill are made in the US, most from manufacturers right here in the Bay Area? We’re happy to sing that fact from the rooftops because it’s something we think is really important to the future of domestic manufacturing.