Bantam Tools Blog

Devin's Wooden Digital LED Clock

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Dec 13, 2018 10:27:56 AM

Bantam Tools' own technical manager Devin Cooper recently delved into the world of woodworking by taking a class. Naturally, he then merged his knowledge of PCB creation with his newly honed woodworking skills to make this neat digital LED clock. He designed a custom Arduino shield and milled it on the precise, reliable Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine. Devin also shared his EAGLE design file. We chatted with him to learn more.

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Topics: PCB Files, PCB Design, Electrical Engineering, Arduino, Projects, Circuit Boards

How to: PCB Racer

Posted by David Casey on Dec 12, 2018 1:48:38 PM

The PCB Racer is a fun and simple project to get started with the Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine and basic electronics. It uses a pager motor to turn the drive wheel of a small race car made entirely out of double-sided FR-1 PCB material. Almost all of the parts for the car are milled with the Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling, including the chassis and the wheels. The remaining parts can be found at most electronics retailers.

Note: This project assumes you have basic knowledge of how to run the Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine. If you're just getting started, check out our full library of guides

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Topics: PCB Files, PCB Design, Tutorials, How-To, Electronics, CNC, Circuit Boards

Best Practices for Cleaning PCBs After Milling

Posted by Pete Riley on Nov 14, 2018 3:26:44 PM

Last week, on our Instagram page, one of our community members asked what the recommended technique is for cleaning up PCBs after milling one on the precise Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine. While we responded to the thread, we thought this information could be useful to more folks out there. If you've ever wondered that same question, this post is for you.

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Topics: PCB Design, Workflow, End Mills, How-To

Can You Mill a Pumpkin? We Had to Find Out.

Posted by Zach Dunham on Oct 25, 2018 12:48:36 PM

I’ll admit that Halloween crafting has never been much of a thing for me, but I can appreciate a good pumpkin carving when I see one. Recently, however, I came across John Saunders video of an attempt to carve a pumpkin and I got inspired.

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Topics: Tips & Tricks, Materials

Our October Project Night Was a Blast

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Oct 16, 2018 11:05:45 AM

You know what they say: A team that mills together has fun together! Here at Bantam Tools, we not only put pride and passion in every precise, reliable Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine we make, but we enjoy ourselves in the process. We're fortunate to have a wonderful team, and we host regular Project Nights where we can hang out in the workshop and, well, make projects. We recently hosted one at our Berkeley, California headquarters. Here are some snapshots.

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Topics: Events, Inside Bantam Tools

Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine Reviewed in HackSpace Magazine Issue on Best Hardware

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Oct 4, 2018 12:21:27 PM

 

The newest print offering from the folks at Raspberry Pi, based in England, is HackSpace magazine, billed as the "monthly magazine for the modern maker." The current issue, 11, focuses on best maker hardware and features a great review of our Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine by Hackster's Alex Glow.

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Topics: Precision, Press, Circuit Boards

How to Make Custom Name Cutouts

Posted by Pete Riley on Sep 27, 2018 10:29:10 AM

 

Name cutouts are a simple way to personalize a gift and further customize your project. Plus, they're always fun gifts for loved ones. With some milling knowhow and the power of your versatile, precise Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine, you can take control and make them yourself.

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Circuit Eye Candy: Gallery of 14 Beautiful PCBs

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Sep 25, 2018 12:05:42 PM

Our Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine's middle name is PCB, and while it can easily mill a wide variety of materials—from wax to metal to wood—what it's best known for is empowering you with the ability to precisely and rapidly mill professional-quality printed circuit boards directly from your workbench. Forget using toxic chemicals to etch your circuits or sending files to a board house and losing momentum on iteration while waiting. Design, mill, test, iterate, repeat. Our Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine gives you the clear advantage. 

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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