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Factory Friday: Our Photo Box

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Nov 6, 2015 9:35:00 AM

I take a lot of photos as part of my job. All the photos in our store were taken by me, as well as most of the photos in our support guides. It’s important for customers to be able to see the things they’re considering buying — clearly and without distractions — so high-quality photos are a necessity.

Until recently, taking good photos was slow and cumbersome. We had a flimsy portable photo studio that took a long time to set up. To get entire objects in focus, I had to reduce my aperture as much as possible. This decreased the amount of light reaching the sensor, so I had to take very long exposures, sometimes as long as two seconds. My pictures would often come out slightly blurry because our office building is old and vibrates from the machine shop downstairs. So I had to take several pictures and closely inspect them to make sure I got ones that were nice and sharp. I was able to do all this, but I yearned for a simpler, faster, brighter setup.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Photography, Inside OMC, Factory Friday

Factory Friday: Solder Fume Extraction

Posted by Eric Weinhoffer on Jun 25, 2015 3:53:00 PM

Solder fumes can be dangerous to breathe, especially over a long period. That’s why, here at the OMC factory, we’ve spent a lot of time using and developing solutions for extracting nasty solder fumes while we work.

Months ago, when we began developing wiring harnesses and the board assemblies that make every Othermill run smoothly, we invested in a benchtop fume extractor. We quickly added an LED bar to the top of the extractor to improve the soldering experience. It worked great, as long as the soldering happened close to the extractor, but if we wanted to solder a batch of boards in one go, we quickly moved out of its range, rendering it useless.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Inside OMC, Factory Friday

Factory Friday: The Art of Kitting Containers

Posted by Eric Weinhoffer on Apr 24, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Welcome to Factory Friday! As in the last installment, I’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look from the factory floor by describing one of the ways we’re streamlining the process we use to assemble each Othermill here at the OMC Factory.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Inside OMC, Factory Friday

Factory Friday: E-Stop Install Tool

Posted by Eric Weinhoffer on Mar 27, 2015 1:55:00 PM

The Emergency Stop switch on the right side of the Othermill is a critical component. Although we hope our users don’t need to resort to it very often, its ability to immediately halt all motion inside the mill can be extremely useful, especially when experimenting or attempting a heavy cut through metal.

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Topics: Inside OMC, Factory Friday

Factory Friday: The Importance of Crimp Tools and Test Jigs

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Jan 16, 2015 12:30:00 PM

Hey guys! I’m Owen, a Hardware team member at Other Machine Co. For those of you who don’t already know, we build the Othermill right here in our San Francisco office/factory. As we continue to refine the processes for assembling Othermills in-house, I’m learning more about how important it is to use the right tools and to find creative ways to catch errors. Why? Because timely error correction can mean the difference between limping along and zooming ahead. It can mean the difference between a successful product, and a returned one.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Inside OMC, Factory Friday

Factory Friday: Custom Tooling

Posted by Mike Estee on Dec 19, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Welcome to Factory Friday! Like many complex machines, the Othermill is a truly global product. It takes hard work from multiple companies spread across the globe. Some parts are made in East Asia, some parts are made on the West Coast, and some parts are made downstairs.

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Topics: Inside OMC, Factory Friday