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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.