Bantam Tools Blog

Free Tool Libraries for Every Material & Common End Mill Size

Posted by Emily Shore on Jul 14, 2017 11:50:14 AM

Even if you’ve only done just a few projects on the Othermill or Othermill Pro, you know the importance of using the correct feeds and speeds for your design and material type. This is a topic we’ve previously covered in detail in our Speeds and Feeds Guide and Materials Guides, but with the recent addition of SVG milling in Otherplan, we've made it possible to mill designs without creating G-code or thinking about speeds and feeds ahead of time. 

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Topics: SVG Files, Tutorials, Tips & Tricks, Projects, Metal

SVGs and Milling Metal Cutouts Without Breaking End Mills

Posted by Emily Shore on Jul 13, 2017 11:41:35 AM

Using SVG files is an easy way to mill simple shapes without using traditional CAD and CAM software. When you use SVG files, you can create your design using clipart, screenshots of images, hand drawings, or your graphic design software of choice, such as Illustrator or Inkscape.

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Topics: SVG Files, Tutorials, Tips & Tricks, Projects, Metal

3D-Print a Handy Tool Rack for Your Othermill

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jun 20, 2017 11:18:31 AM

Community member Troy Gomez recently shared this neat tool rack design he made for his Othermill Pro. He describes it as "very functional with stadium-style seating." The rack, which Troy 3D-printed using black ABS filament, has slots to hold 14 bits and pegs to hold two bit fans and an alignment bracket. 

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Topics: 3D Printing, Tips & Tricks, Projects

Use Fritzing to Personalize Your PCB with Text or Image

Posted by Emily Shore on May 17, 2017 11:15:09 AM

Did you know you can easily design a PCB in Fritzing and export Gerber files that can be cut on the Othermill? We have a new support guide that walks you through the steps.

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Otherplan 1.1: Improved Collision Warnings and Bug Fixes

Posted by Sam Prest on May 16, 2017 2:36:03 PM

Today, we’re excited to share a new release of Otherplan. Otherplan 1.1 adds a new type of collision warnings and includes several bug fixes. Read on for the details or download it now: 

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Topics: Software, Otherplan

How Cal Maritime Uses the Othermill to Teach Electronics

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on May 13, 2017 12:33:28 PM

One of only seven degree-granting maritime academies in the U.S., California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) is also the only one on the West Coast. They offer degrees in three branches of engineering: Facilities Engineering Technology, Marine Engineering Technology, and Mechanical Engineering.

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Topics: Education

Neptune Uses the Othermill to Make Custom Microfluidics Systems Accessible

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on May 2, 2017 1:26:22 PM

Boston University has long held a reputation as one of the most respected research institutes in the U.S. One branch of the intriguing work being done stems out of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s CIDAR (Cross-Disciplinary Integration of Design Automation Research) lab, which focuses on advancements in synthetic biology and microfluidics.

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Topics: CNC, Microfluidics

Othermill PCB Milling and Masking Tutorials from SAIC

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Apr 18, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Founded in 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is not only one of the most well-respected art and design schools in the U.S., but it’s also known for its forward-thinking interdisciplinary curricular offerings and for pushing the envelope on what education in the arts can look like. We’ve previously covered their use of desktop manufacturing tools and are proud that Othermills are among their robust tool offerings.

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Topics: PCB Design, Solder Mask

Metalnat's Lessons Learned from Broken End Mills

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Apr 11, 2017 8:37:00 AM

Over on Hackaday.io, Burbank Makerspace cofounder Metalnat Hayes is sharing the trials and tribulations of designing and fabricating a no-code custom controller infrastructure for mobile devices as part of his Supplyframe DesignLab residency. 

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Topics: Customers, Circuit Boards, Electrical Engineering

High School Robotics Team Uses Othermill to Mill PCBs and Salvaged Aluminum

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Apr 4, 2017 9:55:00 AM

By day, Bloomsburg, Penn.-based educator Tom Gill teaches physics and astronomy at Central Columbia High School. After school, he mentors two robotics teams: the Jaybots and the Jayborgs, the names a nod to their school mascot, the blue jay. A year ago, Tom added an Othermill the teams’ tool arsenal. He recalls, “I was inspired to get one because of the variety of tasks that it can perform and how it complements our other equipment, such as laser cutters and 3D printers. Another big factor was its small footprint and relative quiet operation, so it can be run during the school day next to the library.”

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Topics: Customers, Education