We have seen enough great progress on software from our team and hardware from our new contract manufacturer that we are now confident about setting a shipping date for our Kickstarter machines. If all goes according to plan, we will be shipping in four weeks. I know that still feels like a long way off, but we have purposefully not stated any dates for shipping until now, because we wanted you to feel confident in the date that we set.
We have a bit of great news to share: we are incredibly honored to announce that we’ve been chosen by Popular Mechanics for a 2013 Breakthrough Award! The Breakthrough Award is given to products that “represent the highest standard in innovation and execution…they solve real problems…they push technical limits…” Wow! We certainly think so, but it is always nice to get a thumbs up from an organization like this.
We’ve been working hard on the software side of the project. A lot of people have wanted to see an end to end demo of how cutting out a board will work. We put together a quick video, to show you the process from start to finish. There’s still lots to do, and some of the user interface is not finalized, but we have some pretty cool stuff up and running and we’re excited about how well it’s working.
It has been beautiful in San Francisco this week. We left the doors open and kept testing our machines in the sunshine.
Last week, most of our testing involved secondary materials: machining wax, linoleum, brass. We will keep testing those materials and others, but this week we moved on to our main material, PCB.
The shop is buzzing, literally, We’ve been running Othermills all week to find the best speeds and feeds for each material and bit combination.
Over the last few weeks we filed all the necessary paperwork to form a company!! We are now: Other Machine Company.
Other Machine Co. was on NPR Monday morning. Saul spoke with Jon Kalish about the need for easy to use CNC machines in schools. Machines like those made by OMC offer a way to interest students in careers in manufacturing and help them understand how fun engineering can be. Both the Othermill and Othercutter are being designed to fit organically into a classroom setting and we’re excited to see all the interest educators are taking in them.
Otherfab was featured in this month’s Popular Mechanics. They named us one of their “backyard geniuses.” Thanks Popular Mechanics, we love you too!
Topics: Inside OMC
Join us this very evening for Dorkbot #69 at Otherlab.
The dorkbot motto is “people doing strange things with electricity.”
And true to form, Otherfab’s own Danielle Applestone will be talking about her experiences and continuing interest in batteries.