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Domestic Manufacturing FTW

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jul 9, 2015 1:03:00 PM

Did you know that 80% of the parts that comprise the Othermill are made in the US, most from manufacturers right here in the Bay Area? We’re happy to sing that fact from the rooftops because it’s something we think is really important to the future of domestic manufacturing.

“I want to squash the notion that domestic manufacturing or local manufacturing is dead, because it isn’t.” Danielle Applestone, our CEO and co-founder, made this bold statement during an insightful talk she gave at Maker Faire Bay Area this past spring. She provided a wonderfully transparent view of our manufacturing partners for the Othermill. The 20-minute talk, titled “How to Make an Othermill: The Story of a 400-Person Build,” is now available for you to watch:

Danielle begins with an overview and demo of the Othermill, for folks who may not know what it is, how it works, and what it does. She then describes, in details, who each of our manufacturing partners is, what they make for us, and how. We celebrate our partners and view them as part of our team, for without them, the Othermill would not be possible.

Koko Motion is our motor supplier, based in Morgan Hill, Calif., and founded in 2011.


Piedmont Plastics is our HDPE supplier for the frame, based in San Leandro, Calif., and founded in 1947.


Bishop-Wisecarver machines our high-precision aluminum parts and is based in Pittsburg, Calif., founded in 1950.


LeeMAH is our electronics manufacturer, based in Brisbane, Calif., and founded in 1978.


IBC Creative Packing does our custom packaging, and is based in Hayward, Calif., founded in 1959.


These factories are in such close proximity that Danielle was able to visit them all in one day. Another important point she makes is that all of these factories blend machine fabrication with hand fabrication.

She adds, “What the future of manufacturing is going to be, on a local scale, is really raising people up to not only learn hand skills, in terms of making things, but also learn how to use computer-controlled machines … The best way we can use the expertise we have in the area is actually to train a whole generation of people who understand how manufacturing is done.”

To that end, learning how to use a desktop CNC mill like the Othermill not only empowers you to make your own custom parts and PCBs, but it’s also an effective way to learn the language of manufacturing and to keep domestic manufacturing alive and well.

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