Bantam Tools Blog

Custom Delrin Fixture for Milling Four Dog Tags at Once

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Sep 12, 2018 1:03:25 PM

Bantam Tools community member Roberto Lo Giacco, who’s based in Rome, Italy, recently shared a neat custom fixture he milled with and for his versatile Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine. Milled out of Delrin, one of the best performing engineering plastics, the fixture firmly holds four aluminum dog tags at once. He also wrote up his R&D process and shared all his design files on his site

Roberto and his friends are working on a project for the upcoming massive Maker Faire Rome event taking place in October. The project requires them to mill a couple hundred dog tags. While the reliable Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine can handle that with ease, fixturing one at a time would be quite time consuming. Roberto just made the task four times faster with a little ingenuity.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Stories

Lee Krasnow Makes Mind-Blowing Puzzles

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Sep 5, 2018 9:29:46 AM

At Bantam Tools, we’ve been making high-precision, accessible desktop CNC mills for years, so it’s no surprise that we love all things CNC-related and glean inspiration from many forms of making. Being aficionados of precision, we've recently been mesmerized by the works of renowned Bay Area puzzle maker Lee Krasnow of Pacific Puzzleworks. Krasnow is widely regarded by puzzle collectors as one of the world’s best designers and craftsman of interlocking geometric puzzles and secret opening boxes. We reached out to gain insight into how he got started, as well as his tools, techniques, and challenges.

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Topics: Design, Stories, Things We Like

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: Education, Circuit Boards, Stories, 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: STEM, Stories, Education

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