Bantam Tools Blog

Free Tool Libraries for Every Material & Common End Mill Size

Posted by Emily Shore on Jul 14, 2017 11:50:14 AM

Even if you’ve only done just a few projects on the Othermill or Othermill Pro, you know the importance of using the correct feeds and speeds for your design and material type. This is a topic we’ve previously covered in detail in our Speeds and Feeds Guide and Materials Guides, but with the recent addition of SVG milling in Otherplan, we've made it possible to mill designs without creating G-code or thinking about speeds and feeds ahead of time. 

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Topics: SVG Files, Tutorials, Tips & Tricks, Projects, Metal

SVGs and Milling Metal Cutouts Without Breaking End Mills

Posted by Emily Shore on Jul 13, 2017 11:41:35 AM

Using SVG files is an easy way to mill simple shapes without using traditional CAD and CAM software. When you use SVG files, you can create your design using clipart, screenshots of images, hand drawings, or your graphic design software of choice, such as Illustrator or Inkscape.

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Topics: SVG Files, Tutorials, Tips & Tricks, Projects, Metal

3D-Print a Handy Tool Rack for Your Othermill

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jun 20, 2017 11:18:31 AM

Community member Troy Gomez recently shared this neat tool rack design he made for his Othermill Pro. He describes it as "very functional with stadium-style seating." The rack, which Troy 3D-printed using black ABS filament, has slots to hold 14 bits and pegs to hold two bit fans and an alignment bracket. 

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Topics: 3D Printing, Tips & Tricks, Projects

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

Othermill Project Roundup

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Jul 19, 2016 10:00:39 AM

Recently we've gotten some inquiries asking what people are making with their Othermills. Projects range from introductory to advanced, and I thought I would collect some of the examples from the past two months in one place. It is impressive to see the volume of work being done out there. If you have a project or technique you'd like to share, email us at hello@othermachine.co.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Projects

Dhruv's Oak and Inlaid Aluminum Map of Manhattan

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on May 23, 2016 6:00:00 AM

New media designer and ITP master’s student Dhruv Damle recently wrote in to share a beautiful project he made using one of the Othermills at ITP’s Soft Lab: his oak and aluminum abstract map of Manhattan.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Precision, Customers, Stories, Projects, Wood, Aluminum, Metal

Introducing OMC Educational Content: The Truss Experiment

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Feb 4, 2016 11:32:08 AM

Teaching engineering is hard. It’s one thing to explain concepts, but most students require concrete, practical examples in order to fully understand those concepts. Practical examples cost money, and they also require time and effort to develop. That’s why we’ve started creating free educational content for Mechanical Engineering courses!

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Topics: Mechanical Engineering, Projects, Announcements, Aluminum, Education, STEM, Metal

Milling Tensile Test Specimens in the Classroom

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Jan 5, 2016 12:01:06 PM

In many Engineering Mechanics and Materials classes, “dog bone” tensile test specimens are required at some point, as part of determining the yield strength and ultimate tensile strength of various materials. For each of these materials, the test specimens are often milled one at a time in the university’s machine shop by a certified lab technician, until there are enough for the entire class. What if there were an easier way that didn’t require a machine shop or certifications, and could even be used as a teaching tool?

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Topics: Mechanical Engineering, CAM, Videos, Projects, CNC, CAD, Aluminum, Metal

14 Wooden Projects Made on the Othermill

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Dec 14, 2015 4:37:00 PM

Want to see some cool things Othermill users are making out of wood? We’ve got ‘em! These inspiring projects use many different kinds of wood and are milled many different ways. We’ve got inlays, scale models, toys, enclosures, jewelry, and more! Some of these projects even have tutorials for making them.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Projects, Wood

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

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