Bantam Tools Blog

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

Project Wednesday: Valentine’s Day at OMC

Posted by Simone Davalos on Feb 5, 2015 2:02:00 PM

Here at OMC, it’s really lovely having a mill or two lying around, since it means we never need to scramble for a last-minute gift for a friend or loved one. As Valentine’s day is coming up, we thought some nice chocolates would be just the thing.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Machining Wax, Inside OMC, Chocolate, Molds

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

2015: Year of the Mill

Posted by Mike Estee on Jan 5, 2015 3:45:00 PM

Last year was a whirlwind for us here at OMC. We wrapped up our Kickstarter project, redesigned the Othermill for public release, built out our assembly line, and started shipping our V2 machines.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Inside OMC

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

My Experience as an OMC Summer Intern

Posted by Sam DeRose on Oct 20, 2014 2:00:00 PM

Hello! I’m Sam DeRose, and this summer I had the fantastic opportunity to work for OMC! Sadly, I had to return to college to finish learning stuff, but I’m hard-set on coming back to this wonderful group of people.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Inside OMC, Projects

It’s Official! The Othermill is Ready

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Oct 13, 2014 12:22:00 PM

We haven’t done a ton of posts lately, but we’ve been busy! Last month, we finished our Kickstarter shipments. And today we are finally ready to talk about all of the work we have been doing behind the scenes.

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Topics: Inside OMC, Othermill, Announcements, Otherplan

Why I'm So Excited About This Misshapen Piece of Wood

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Sep 28, 2014 5:35:00 PM

Today, in a matter of hours, I went from never having done 3D CAD to having a physical object from an idea I had. I went through some tutorials and got a bit of nudging from the people on my team, but the only barriers standing between me and this wood cut were what I knew, not the quality of the tools involved.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, CAM, Design, Inside OMC, Fusion 360, Software, CAD

Visiting Brit+Co Makeshop

Posted by Simone Davalos on Apr 7, 2014 5:00:00 PM

We’ve been playing around with a bunch of different materials in the Othermill. Last week, we got a bug in our collective bonnet, and made a lot of things out of anodized aluminum. Anodized aluminum comes in a lovely assortment of colors, etches gorgeously, cuts like a dream, and looks fab as earrings, pendants, business cards - pretty much anything to which you can apply your imagination.

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Topics: Inside OMC

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