Bantam Tools Blog

The Bantam Tools Micro-Machining Contest is Underway

Posted by Amanda Bender on Jun 11, 2019 9:34:04 AM

Calling all machinists! Milling large pallets at top speed is impressive, but it’s often the small projects with fine details that are even harder to pull off. If you think you’ve got what it takes, then we invite you to try your hand at the Bantam Tools Micro-Machining Challenge. The deadline to enter is July 4th at 12:00 am EST and we've got some terrific prizes! 

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Topics: Events, Announcements, Inside Bantam Tools, Contest

Otherplan 0.30: Out of Beta, with Improved Preview Rotation and Performance Optimizations

Posted by Ezra Spier on Aug 9, 2016 1:12:17 PM

Yes, that’s right: it’s time for an Otherplan release!

Freshly out of beta, Otherplan 0.30 brings cursor-aware preview rotation, a number of performance optimizations, and a firmware update for the Othermill Pro. Read on for details or download now:

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Topics: Software, Announcements, Otherplan

Bringing Otherplan Out of Beta

Posted by Ezra Spier on Aug 1, 2016 9:27:49 AM

It’s been an exciting few months for the Otherplan Public Beta. Since its initial release last fall, we’ve released eight updates — each fixing bugs, adding major functionality, and making the app more reliable.

Today, we’re excited to announce two things: Otherplan Public Beta is coming out of beta, and we now recommend all users to switch away from our Mac-only app, if possible. Read on for the details.

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Topics: Software, Announcements, Otherplan

OMC Moves to Berkeley (with Time-Lapse Video of Setup)

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Mar 16, 2016 2:42:48 PM

Other Machine Co. moved to a new office in Berkeley at the beginning of March! We love it, and we started production the day after we moved in. We’re excited to report that we’ve already completed our first manufacturing run of Othermills in the new space. We made a fun time-lapse video of some of the setup, which also shows the much larger size of our new factory room. Here's to a bright future.

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Topics: Videos, Inside OMC, Announcements

New Accessory Turns Your Othermill into a Production Tool

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Feb 23, 2016 7:28:05 AM

We’re excited to announce our new Precision Fixturing and Toe Clamp Set, a collection of accessories that allow for unsurpassed finish quality and precision. Much like a vise, the clamps are quick to apply and remove, and the increased rigidity versus tape or glue yields a better surface finish and extends the life of your tools. The Precision Fixturing and Toe Clamp Set enables you to:

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Topics: Machining, Othermill, CNC, Announcements

Introducing OMC Educational Content: The Truss Experiment

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Feb 4, 2016 11:32:08 AM

Teaching engineering is hard. It’s one thing to explain concepts, but most students require concrete, practical examples in order to fully understand those concepts. Practical examples cost money, and they also require time and effort to develop. That’s why we’ve started creating free educational content for Mechanical Engineering courses!

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Topics: Mechanical Engineering, Projects, Announcements, Aluminum, Education, STEM, Metal

Software Update: Otherplan 0.14.7 and Otherplan Public Beta 0.24.3

Posted by Ezra Spier on Jan 28, 2016 11:44:20 AM

We’ve just released software updates to both our Mac OS X and Windows versions of Otherplan. Otherplan 0.14.7 and Otherplan Public Beta 0.24.3 each contain bug fixes that resolve issues experienced by users of Mac OS X El Capitan, as well as numerous interface improvements and tweaks to improve your milling experience. The Otherplan Public Beta also includes new configuration options for circuit board milling.

Download the updates now, or read on for more details.

Download Otherplan 0.14.7
(for Mac OS X)

Download Otherplan Public Beta 0.24.3
(for Windows and Mac OS X)

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Topics: Announcements, Otherplan

PCB Support Comes to the Otherplan Public Beta: Announcing 0.23.3

Posted by Sarah Tappon on Dec 17, 2015 2:40:17 PM

Our "Hello, World!" project, ready to mill in Otherplan Public Beta 0.23.3.

Big milestone! We’ve just released Otherplan Public Beta 0.23.3. This new version has a highly-anticipated feature: support for milling single-sided printed circuit boards. For the first time, Windows users can prototype PCBs quickly and easily using the same simple process that our Mac users have raved about.

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Topics: Announcements, Otherplan

Otherplan Public Beta 0.22.2

Posted by Sarah Tappon on Nov 19, 2015 3:49:00 PM

It’s been a few weeks since we unveiled the Otherplan Public Beta, and the response has been fantastic. We appreciate all of the feedback and bug reports we’ve received, and we are excited to release our first update today. Otherplan Public Beta 0.22.2 contains a number of bug fixes and performance improvements. Read on for details or download now from the Otherplan Public Beta page.

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Topics: Windows, Software, Announcements, Otherplan

The Othermill and Mac OS X 10.11 El Capitan

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Oct 12, 2015 12:09:00 PM

Update (1/27/2016): The Otherplan incompatibility with El Capitan has been resolved. Apple has released Mac OS 10.11.3, which addresses the issues that were causing problems with Otherplan. We have released Otherplan 0.14.7, which integrates with the fixes Apple made. This officially resolves the issue with El Capitan. For a working setup, make sure you have Mac OS X 10.11.3 or newer, and Otherplan 0.14.7 or newer.

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Topics: Software, Announcements, Otherplan, OS X