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Danielle Applestone

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Other Machine Co. Becomes Bantam Tools

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Sep 5, 2017 11:02:01 PM

As of today, Other Machine Co. is officially Bantam Tools.

It's been five years and one month exactly since we embarked on a journey to design desktop manufacturing tools for the classroom on a government contract. Through Kickstarter, venture capital funding, and acquisition earlier this year, the mission has never changed: we aim to dramatically increase the accessibility of CNC machines. 

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UC San Diego's EnVision: Meeting Industry Need for More Hands-on Experience

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Jan 24, 2017 9:22:00 AM

In January of 2016, University of California San Diego opened the doors to their nearly 3,000-square-foot makerspace classroom called the EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio. Fully stocked with a wide variety of design, fabrication, and prototyping tools, EnVision is housed in UC San Diego’s Structural & Materials Engineering building.

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Topics: Education

Getting to Zero Lead Time in Hardware

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Jan 12, 2017 4:12:34 PM


As of today, we are finally caught up with our backlog and shipping Othermill Pro orders when they are placed. It seems like a small shift, but this is huge for us. Each time you make a new version and put it out into the world, it is just like launching a totally new product. Here are some cold hard facts about how long each iteration took.

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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

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Projects

Announcing the Othermill Pro!

Posted by Danielle Applestone on May 24, 2016 2:37:15 PM

Today there is a new machine on the scene: Othermill Pro. Higher spindle speed, faster rapids, and stiffer construction for those who need to push the limits and prototype PCBs with 6 mil trace and space precision. We built this machine primarily based upon observations and feedback from our community and couldn't be more proud of the results from this joint effort.

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Topics: Othermill Pro

Building a Campus Makerspace? Here’s How to Plan for Safety When Adding CNC Machines

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Feb 22, 2016 3:47:12 PM

Whether you’re creating a campus makerspace from scratch or wanting to add CNC (computer-numerically controlled) machines to your space’s tool offerings, there are a number of logistical and safety concerns to bear in mind. Depending on the type of machines you’re considering and the rules and regulations of your campus, different categories of safety concerns may come into play.

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Topics: CNC, Education

Kinetic Kimono - the Immortal Butterfly

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Jan 4, 2016 1:04:56 PM

Occasionally, someone with an Othermill shares something truly out of the ordinary. This week, one of our Kickstarter backers, Alexander Reeder, showed us his project: a kimono made of fluttering butterflies (conceived and commissioned by Asami Kiyokawa).

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Topics: Customers, Design

What qualities define a good entry-level engineer? We asked SparkFun's Pete Dokter

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Nov 11, 2015 3:00:00 PM

We’re curious what traits and skill sets hiring managers look for in entry-level engineers, so we asked a few folks we know. This post is the first in a series.

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Topics: Electronics, Education, Electrical Engineering, SparkFun

Project Day October 2015

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Oct 19, 2015 2:00:00 PM

In the early days at OMC, we used to do something called “Project Friday.” We had spent so much time designing and making the Othermill that we didn’t have many opportunities to use it ourselves. Most of us on the team had no experience with CNC milling and all of a sudden needed to be able to talk intelligently about the Othermill and understand what made it special.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Inside OMC

It’s Official! The Othermill is Ready

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Oct 13, 2014 12:22:00 PM

We haven’t done a ton of posts lately, but we’ve been busy! Last month, we finished our Kickstarter shipments. And today we are finally ready to talk about all of the work we have been doing behind the scenes.

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Topics: Inside OMC, Othermill, Announcements, Otherplan