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Otherplan 0.14.2 Release

Posted by Mike Estee on Jan 22, 2015 11:00:00 AM

We’ve posted a new release of Otherplan and the Othermill firmware today. It features numerous enhancements and bug fixes from the previous build.

Otherplan 0.14.2, about to mill the Nerd Watch.

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Topics: Announcements, Otherplan

2015: Year of the Mill

Posted by Mike Estee on Jan 5, 2015 3:45:00 PM

Last year was a whirlwind for us here at OMC. We wrapped up our Kickstarter project, redesigned the Othermill for public release, built out our assembly line, and started shipping our V2 machines.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Inside OMC

Materials Monday: Our Logo

Posted by Mike Estee on Dec 22, 2014 1:30:00 PM

When we’re out on the road talking about milling machines, inevitably the comparison to 3D printers comes up. If you’ve got a 3D printer, why would you need a mill?

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Materials, Design

Factory Friday: Custom Tooling

Posted by Mike Estee on Dec 19, 2014 9:00:00 AM

Welcome to Factory Friday! Like many complex machines, the Othermill is a truly global product. It takes hard work from multiple companies spread across the globe. Some parts are made in East Asia, some parts are made on the West Coast, and some parts are made downstairs.

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Topics: Inside OMC, Factory Friday

Our Favorite Vacuum

Posted by Mike Estee on Dec 18, 2014 4:07:00 PM

Having a good vacuum makes keeping the Othermill clean a snap. It also keeps the machine running and accurate. Our favorite vacuum here at Other Machine Co. is the Numatic “Henry” HVR200-12 (also available as the “Hetty” & “Harry”) It’s an iconic vacuum, and is instantly recognizable to our UK readers. At 72dB, this machine is surprisingly quiet. Great for those late night projects where you don’t want to wake the neighbors.

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Topics: Things We Like


Posted by Mike Estee on Oct 20, 2014 10:44:00 AM

We love tiny machines! Piccolo is one such project that introduces people to the world of “computer numerical control,” or CNC machines. The frame is laser-cut, and it uses 3 hobby servos to drive the carriages around. With access to a laser cutter and around $70 in parts you can have a little drawing robot.

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Topics: Things We Like

Arduboy: The Interactive Digital Business Card

Posted by Mike Estee on Mar 2, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Check out this beautiful hand held video game console concept by Portland-based Kevin Bates. It’s called the Arduboy and it’s a business card sized video game system that runs for 9 hours on a single CR2032. It’s an excellent demonstration of flush-board component mounting and interior board routing. He has an excellent write up on his site.

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Topics: Things We Like

The One Button Interface

Posted by Mike Estee on Mar 20, 2013 5:00:00 PM

The E in E-Stop stands for emergency.

When everything is going right, you don’t need any buttons. When something goes wrong, you only need one button.

We’re working hard to make it obsolete, but sometimes its nice to know it’s there.

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Topics: CNC

Machining with LEGO

Posted by Mike Estee on Mar 19, 2013 5:00:00 PM

Ever since people started integrating software into the LEGO ecosystem, the machines have gotten vastly more complex and ambitious. Now, the platform has had some time to grow up and folks out there are designing LEGO machines that can make other things! Most of the things you would expect to find in a machine shop are represented in some form. I found videos of a bunch of them, starting with some designs by Arthur Sacek. Check out his CNC foam lathe:

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Topics: Things We Like


Posted by Mike Estee on Mar 18, 2013 5:00:00 PM

The title of this post is written in a machine programming language called G-Code. It’s used by industry and hobbyists to control machines that make things. This particular command is one that tells the machine to orient itself in space. This process is called finding home.

Finding home

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Topics: Inside OMC