Bantam Tools Blog

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

PCB Milling Resources: Guides, Videos, and Projects

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jul 22, 2015 10:45:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Tutorials, Circuit Boards, Otherplan, Electronics

The Nerd Watch, Unveiled

Posted by Katie Wilson on Jul 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM

If you haven’t taken a minute (well, actually 1:36) to watch our newest product video, check it out now! It beautifully illustrates the possibilities of what you can make on the Othermill by showing off a multi-material case created for Other Machine Co.’s popular binary timepiece, the Nerd Watch.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Design, Circuit Boards, Videos, Inside OMC, Announcements, Electronics

Video: Setting Up Otherplan to Mill Circuit Boards on the Othermill

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jun 29, 2015 11:13:00 PM
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Topics: How-To, Tutorials, Circuit Boards, Videos, Othermill, Otherplan, Electronics

Making Breadboards for Surface-Mount Packages

Posted by Joachim Pedersen on May 20, 2015 11:32:00 AM

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you’ll be quite familiar with our use of the Othermill as an integrated tool for prototyping circuits. One of the biggest challenges in quickly prototyping electronics is the lack of available through-hole packages for use with solderless breadboards.

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Topics: Circuit Boards, Electronics, Prototyping

Circuit Board Tips and Tricks

Posted by Simone Davalos on Apr 22, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Though the Othermill is wonderful for a wide range of 2.5 and 3D applications, it still remains true to its roots as a very fine method to build and protoype circuit boards. We have a few trips and tricks we’ve discovered in milling boards that make the board-cutting process on the Othermill even more pleasant.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Circuit Boards, Electronics

Collin's Lab: Capacitive Synth PCB Milling with the Othermill

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Mar 24, 2015 1:45:00 PM

Adafruit’s Collin Cunningham is like the teacher you always wish you had in school. In his top-notch video series, Collin’s Lab, he makes topics like RFID, MIDI, and solar accessible to anyone with interest. We were thrilled that in his latest video, Collin walks us through using an Othemill to mill the PCB for our simple (but awesome!) capacitive synthesizer project. He jams out on the final product, proclaiming that it’s “pleasingly glitchable, capacitively touchable.” Collin approves.

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Topics: How-To, Circuit Boards, Videos, Adafruit

Projects: Ice Fishing Made Easy with the Othermill

Posted by Simone Davalos on Feb 24, 2015 10:57:00 AM

Home tinkerer, Github user, and Othermill owner Jetty recently contacted us about a project he made on his shiny new Othermill, which involves making ice fishing slightly nicer for the fish as well as the humans. We’re excited about this project because it employs both a 3D printer and the Othermill for an elegant finished product.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, 3D Printing, Circuit Boards, Stories

Prototype Boards for Faraday Bikes

Posted by Mari Hsu on Mar 11, 2014 5:00:00 PM

Faraday Bicycles is another successful Kickstarter project in our neighborhood, and is in the process of building their first run of beautiful electric bicycles. Faraday’s lead electrical engineer, Jim, needed two boards in a hurry for testing; a 24-hour turnaround time from a commercial source could have cost as much as $400 each! Instead, he came over with the .brd files in his USB cufflinks, and walked back to his office a little while later with the completed boards.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Circuit Boards, Stories

Othermill Instructables Out in the Wild

Posted by Simone Davalos on Mar 5, 2014 4:00:00 PM

As we send Othermills off to their new homes, we here at Other Machine Co. are excited to indulge in the fun part of desktop manufacturing – inspiring people to make fabulous projects on the Othermill by putting up few of our own as inspiration.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Circuit Boards