Bantam Tools Blog

How Building Momentum Uses the Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine to Teach Problem Solving

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jun 26, 2018 10:38:06 AM

Engineers Albert Vega and Brad Halsey are highly skilled real-life MacGyvers who've honed their skills on the field in challenging conditions. They understand that developing keen problem solving skills is much more than mastering any one set of tools — it's a mindset. To that end, together they cofounded Building Momentum, "a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) that provides science and engineering consulting and technology development and training to defense, education, corporate, and entrepreneurial organizations."

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Topics: Circuit Boards, Stories, Education, Prototyping

How STEM Education Has Changed in the Last 30 Years: Tom Dubick and Charlotte Latin Fab Lab Pave the Way

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Oct 24, 2016 12:36:16 PM

STEM education for youth has gained so much attention in recent years (and rightfully so), with everyone from the White House to local after-school clubs singing the praises of hands-on learning. This was definitely not the case in the late 80s, when educator Tom Dubick began teaching engineering at Charlotte Latin School in North Carolina.

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Topics: Stories, Education, STEM

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

Blackmagic Design's Grant Petty on the Othermill

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Apr 15, 2016 9:00:00 AM

Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with offices around the world, Blackmagic Design has been pushing the envelope on digital cinematography and production equipment since it was founded in 1984 by CEO Grant Petty. The company is known for making accessible, cutting-edge, high-end gear, previously cost-restrictive to all but professionals, a mission that strongly resonates with us here at Other Machine Co. 

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Topics: Customers, Stories

OMC Visits Los Angeles

Posted by Diana Mitchell on Oct 9, 2015 10:00:00 AM

Greetings millers! This is Diana, and I’m the director of sales here at OMC. A few weeks ago, I had the chance to visit Los Angeles for the Westec trade show with our esteemed support engineer Simone Davalos. With so many proud Othermill owners in the area, we decided to stay an extra day to make the rounds to a few of our local favorites.

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Topics: Customers, Stories

Projects: Ice Fishing Made Easy with the Othermill

Posted by Simone Davalos on Feb 24, 2015 10:57:00 AM

Home tinkerer, Github user, and Othermill owner Jetty recently contacted us about a project he made on his shiny new Othermill, which involves making ice fishing slightly nicer for the fish as well as the humans. We’re excited about this project because it employs both a 3D printer and the Othermill for an elegant finished product.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, 3D Printing, Circuit Boards, Stories

Digital Interactive Disco Ball Ensures No Parking on the Dance Floor

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Dec 8, 2014 3:35:00 PM

When Colin Willson, a third-year interaction design student at San Francisco’s California College of the Arts (CCA), was given the assignment to create an interactive object designed for a particular space, he found himself inspired by dance. He happened to be walking past a club with a live jazz band playing, and observed the interaction between the musicians and the dancers.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Stories, Arduino, LEDs, Microcontroller, Electronics

Othermill In Uganda

Posted by Simone Davalos on Aug 27, 2014 5:00:00 PM

We’re very pleased to have Othermills all over the world, and when they are used for positive change, education and fun we’re really thrilled.

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Topics: Stories

Stamp Making

Posted by Simone Davalos on Apr 15, 2014 5:00:00 PM

We really like making presents for people around here, and when you have a tiny mill, naturally every raw material looks like something you could make into a present.

We encountered a couple of small folks who enjoy ballet, so we made them something to remember us by.

We got two sets of linoleum block print tile, small packs of blank stationery, two different colored stamp pads, and two boxes. We downloaded a couple of free ballet-oriented clip art images from the internet, popped everything in a CAD program that exports G-code, and came out with some really nice ink stamps.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Stories

Prototype Boards for Faraday Bikes

Posted by Mari Hsu on Mar 11, 2014 5:00:00 PM

Faraday Bicycles is another successful Kickstarter project in our neighborhood, and is in the process of building their first run of beautiful electric bicycles. Faraday’s lead electrical engineer, Jim, needed two boards in a hurry for testing; a 24-hour turnaround time from a commercial source could have cost as much as $400 each! Instead, he came over with the .brd files in his USB cufflinks, and walked back to his office a little while later with the completed boards.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Circuit Boards, Stories