Bantam Tools Blog

Australia's Diyode Magazine Reviews the Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Feb 8, 2018 1:09:19 PM

There’s a fairly new electronics publication called Diyode across the pond in Australia, and apparently, it’s “the first new magazine supporting electronics enthusiasts and makers that Australia has seen in 30 years.” Issue #8 just came out, and we’re thrilled that they did an in-depth review of our Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine and loved it. 

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Topics: Precision, Circuit Boards, Press, Electronics

Learn How to Design, Mill, and Paint Custom PCB Pins

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jan 24, 2018 10:14:00 AM

Adafruit's super-talented Collin Cunningham shared a great how-to for making custom pins using copper PCBs as the base material—double-sided, copper-clad FR-4 boards, to be exact. Collin used not just any mill, but our reliable little PCB mill to make the project. We got a sneak peek at these neat pins in our recent roundup of community builds.

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Topics: How-To, SVG Files, Tutorials, Circuit Boards, Projects, Adafruit, PCB Design, PCB Files

Everything You Need to Know About Milling PCBs

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jan 10, 2018 11:15:51 AM

With the wealth of materials our Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine can handle with ease, the potential of what you can make is endless, but the area where our small-but-mighty mill shines the brightest is in milling PCBs. After all, PCB is our mill's middle name. We put professional precision and reliability directly on your desktop, so the rate at which you prototype is only limited by your imagination, not the return rate of the board house you use. To boot, we've got you covered with a full library of support guides, detailing all aspects of milling PCBs. Here we offer an overview of our PCB-specific guides. 

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Topics: Tutorials, Circuit Boards, PCB Design, PCB Files

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

Otherplan Public Beta 0.28: Simplifying Tool Selection, Othermill Pro Support, and More

Posted by Ezra Spier on Jun 9, 2016 9:12:03 AM

We’re excited to share today’s release of Otherplan Public Beta 0.28. In this release, we’ve added a new feature that helps you choose tools for PCBs, support for the new Othermill Pro, a firmware updater, and much more. Download it now or read on for the details.

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Topics: Circuit Boards, Otherplan

Boost Your Boards: Speeding Up PCB Prototyping with Engraving Bit Isolation Milling

Posted by Ezra Spier on May 9, 2016 3:35:36 PM

 

What if I told you that you could mill precise PCBs in a fraction of the time, increase trace precision, and essentially eliminate the experience of breaking bits? Starting with version 0.27, the Otherplan Public Beta makes this possible with a new feature: engraving bit isolation milling.

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Topics: Circuit Boards, Otherplan, Electrical Engineering, End Mills

Otherplan Public Beta 0.27: Cutting PCB Milling Time

Posted by Ezra Spier on Apr 28, 2016 9:22:15 AM

Otherplan 0.27 set up to mill an Arduino Pro Mini with 30º Engraving Bit and 1/32 inch Flat End Mill

This month’s Otherplan release improves one of the most important aspects of the PCB milling process: speed! Get Otherplan Public Beta 0.27 for Windows and Mac now or read on for all the details.

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Topics: Circuit Boards, Software, Otherplan

Otherplan Public Beta 0.26: Double-Sided PCBs Now Available on Mac and Windows

Posted by Ezra Spier on Mar 31, 2016 8:25:06 AM

It’s here! This month’s Otherplan Public Beta release includes one of the top feature requests from Windows users: support for milling double-sided circuit boards. Download version 0.26 now, or read on for all the details.

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Topics: Windows, Circuit Boards, Otherplan

How to Make PCBs On a Desktop CNC Mill

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Jan 22, 2016 10:30:00 AM

This post provides an overview of how to design and prototype printed circuit boards on a desktop CNC mill. Most students do not have access to a CNC mill in their electrical engineering or electronics classes. In most classes, students make circuits using breadboards, which allows them to make connections by plugging wires and components into a grid. This method is great for very simple circuits, but it quickly becomes messy as circuits increase in complexity, to the point where it becomes very difficult to troubleshoot.

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Topics: How-To, CAM, Circuit Boards, Workflow, CNC, CAD, Electronics, Electrical Engineering

Video: Use FlatCAM to Convert Gerber Files to G-Code

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Oct 16, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Prototyping circuit boards is an important part of product development. Ordering prototypes from a PCB manufacturer is either very slow or very expensive (and still kind of slow). To speed up the process, many people etch boards themselves, which is much faster than ordering them but requires toxic chemicals.

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Topics: How-To, Gerbers, CAM, Tutorials, Windows, Circuit Boards, Videos