Bantam Tools Blog

From the Archives: Convert Gerber Files to G-Code with FlatCAM

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on May 9, 2018 11:10:55 AM

Here at Bantam Tools, we believe one of the most important assets we can provide to CNC mill users is a robust library of support materials. Sharing knowledge is caring about community. To that end, we've been digging through our extensive Bantam Tools archive of support materials and unearthing some timeless gems to resurface and share.

Over on our YouTube channel, one of our most popular videos happens to be from 2015, and it's still proving to be useful, getting views and positive comments to this day. It covers Converting Gerber Files to G-Code with FlatCAM, a skill useful to any PCB designer and CNC mill user. 

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Topics: How-To, Gerbers, CNC, PCB Design, PCB Files

Build Your Own Bantam Tools 8-Bit Capacitive Synth

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Feb 26, 2018 10:21:12 AM

 

With the professional precision and reliability the Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine offers, it can singlehandedly turn your classroom into an electrical engineering lab.  We're confident that once you see what our easy, fast, and affordable Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine can do, you'll want one in your classroom.

There's something infectious about 80s synth music. You almost can't help but to get visions of classic Atari games. Bantam Tools content developer Emily Coker was intrigued by a synth project we put out about four years ago and wanted to give it a healthy refresh. The result is our new 8-Bit Capacitive Synth project (click link to see full project), a super fun build for anyone with a Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine, from seasoned pros to students. 

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Topics: How-To, Tutorials, Electrical Engineering, PCB Design, PCB Files

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