Bantam Tools Blog

Technique: How to Apply Solder Masks to Milled PCBs

Posted by Dr. Craig F. Feied on Jan 31, 2018 10:32:14 AM

Editor's Note: A solder mask is a thin layer of polymer applied to the copper traces of a printed circuit board (PCB) for protection against oxidation and to prevent solder bridges from forming between closely spaced solder pads. Community member, physician, and technologist Craig F. Feied has developed a great technique for applying solder masks to boards milled on his Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine, which he has documented and shared here.

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Topics: How-To, Tutorials, PCB Design, PCB Files, Solder Mask

Learn How to Design, Mill, and Paint Custom PCB Pins

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jan 24, 2018 10:14:00 AM

Adafruit's super-talented Collin Cunningham shared a great how-to for making custom pins using copper PCBs as the base material—double-sided, copper-clad FR-4 boards, to be exact. Collin used not just any mill, but our reliable little PCB mill to make the project. We got a sneak peek at these neat pins in our recent roundup of community builds.

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Topics: How-To, SVG Files, Tutorials, Circuit Boards, Projects, Adafruit, PCB Design, PCB Files

Everything You Need to Know About Milling PCBs

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jan 10, 2018 11:15:51 AM

With the wealth of materials our Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine can handle with ease, the potential of what you can make is endless, but the area where our small-but-mighty mill shines the brightest is in milling PCBs. After all, PCB is our mill's middle name. We put professional precision and reliability directly on your desktop, so the rate at which you prototype is only limited by your imagination, not the return rate of the board house you use. To boot, we've got you covered with a full library of support guides, detailing all aspects of milling PCBs. Here we offer an overview of our PCB-specific guides. 

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Topics: Tutorials, Circuit Boards, PCB Design, PCB Files

Othermill PCB Milling and Masking Tutorials from SAIC

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Apr 18, 2017 9:04:00 AM

Founded in 1866, the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) is not only one of the most well-respected art and design schools in the U.S., but it’s also known for its forward-thinking interdisciplinary curricular offerings and for pushing the envelope on what education in the arts can look like. We’ve previously covered their use of desktop manufacturing tools and are proud that Othermills are among their robust tool offerings.

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Topics: PCB Design, Solder Mask

Winter Othermill Project Roundup

Posted by Amber Hancock on Feb 28, 2017 6:18:00 AM

Winter is almost over, and that means it's time for another Othermill Project Roundup! Throughout the season, we've collected quite a few Othermill-made creations from community members near and far, and we're excited to share them with you. Projects range from 2D engravings made using SVGs, to both simple and complex PCBs, to 2-1/2D mechanical parts in all shapes and materials (wood, polycarb, and aluminum, just to name a few). 

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Customers, Things We Like, Projects, Education, PCB Design

Dave's Guide to Using Altium with the Othermill

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jan 4, 2017 9:22:00 AM

We recently heard from one of our intrepid community members, Dave Cox, who reached out to share a guide he's written about using the Othermill and Otherplan to make mechanical prototypes using Altium. Dave is an engineer at SeeScan, a company that specializes in designing, manufacturing, and supporting  diagnostic and utility-locating equipment. 

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Topics: PCB Design, Altium, PCB Files