Bantam Tools Blog

Why Burn-In and Break-In Processes Are Essential

Posted by Sam Prest on Mar 21, 2017 9:30:00 AM

In order to ensure that a product works well straight out of the box and performs reliably over its lifetime, it's important to consider a "break-in" or "burn-in" process for certain critical components. The difference between these two processes is subtle but important to understand when evaluating how and why to implement them. Both can play a critical role in maximizing lifetime and minimizing failures, ensuring a positive experience for end users.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Inside OMC

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

Domestic Manufacturing FTW

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jul 9, 2015 1:03:00 PM

Did you know that 80% of the parts that comprise the Othermill are made in the US, most from manufacturers right here in the Bay Area? We’re happy to sing that fact from the rooftops because it’s something we think is really important to the future of domestic manufacturing.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Videos, Inside OMC, Events

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

O'Reilly Solid Podcast Chats with OMC's Danielle Applestone

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Apr 27, 2015 12:30:00 PM
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Topics: Manufacturing, Press, Events, Podcast

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: 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

OMC at CES 2015

Posted by Simone Davalos on Jan 7, 2015 11:10:00 AM

Our own Danielle Applestone appeared this week on CNET’s CES panel on New Directions in 3D Printing. It’s a great conversation with interesting projections for the milling and 3D printing communities.

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Topics: 3D Printing, Manufacturing, Press, CNC

Software Release, Projects, and Presales

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Mar 3, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Today is a big day for us. We are announcing the first public release of Otherplan, our revolutionary “what you see is what you make” Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software for free download, as well the launch of Othermill presales through OMC’s online store.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Manufacturing, Othermill, Announcements, Otherplan