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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

From the Archives: Convert Gerber Files to G-Code with FlatCAM

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on May 9, 2018 11:10:55 AM

Here at Bantam Tools, we believe one of the most important assets we can provide to CNC mill users is a robust library of support materials. Sharing knowledge is caring about community. To that end, we've been digging through our extensive Bantam Tools archive of support materials and unearthing some timeless gems to resurface and share.

Over on our YouTube channel, one of our most popular videos happens to be from 2015, and it's still proving to be useful, getting views and positive comments to this day. It covers Converting Gerber Files to G-Code with FlatCAM, a skill useful to any PCB designer and CNC mill user. 

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Topics: PCB Files, PCB Design, Gerbers, How-To, CNC

Use SVG Files to Effortlessly Mill Basic Parts Without Learning CAD and CAM

Posted by Bantam Tools Support on Apr 12, 2018 12:05:37 PM

Using SVG files to create 2D parts is fun and easy, plus it's really accessible for those new to milling, especially students in K-12 classrooms, hobbyists, and folks in makerspaces. Conveniently, the versatile, reliable, and easy-to-use Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine supports importing SVG files like a champ. Here's a guide to the Bantam Tools Desktop Milling Machine Software's SVG workflow. We give you the basics and then explain advanced SVG setting and share tips for exporting SVG files from popular design software. Before you know it, you'll be milling your own custom designs with ease.

Also be sure to check out our full Engraving Dog Tags tutorial for a complete step-by-step walkthrough.

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Topics: Workflow, Support, SVG Files, How-To, Stamps, CNC

Noah Coleman's Tutorials: CNC Milled Glass Stamp and Motorcycle Cruise Control

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Apr 6, 2018 11:00:49 AM

It's no secret that the Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine is an absolute champ at precisely milling PCBs, but with the wealth of materials it's capable of handling, the buck certainly doesn't stop there. Enter educator Noah Coleman. We first met Noah in 2017 when he was the Technology Coordinator in the Art & Technology Studies Department at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). He was in charge of running the department's digital fabrication lab and helping students realize their digifab projects.

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Topics: CNC, Materials, Tutorials, Stamps, Projects

Neptune Uses the Othermill to Make Custom Microfluidics Systems Accessible

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on May 2, 2017 1:26:22 PM

Boston University has long held a reputation as one of the most respected research institutes in the U.S. One branch of the intriguing work being done stems out of the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering’s CIDAR (Cross-Disciplinary Integration of Design Automation Research) lab, which focuses on advancements in synthetic biology and microfluidics.

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Topics: CNC, Microfluidics

Design for Manufacturing: Can We Mill This Master Cylinder Adapter?

Posted by Sam Prest on Feb 21, 2017 9:18:40 AM

The part in question, with tooling, rendered in Fusion 360.

People often contact us asking if a specific part they've designed can be made with a desktop CNC. In this article, we use one example part to show you how to determine if a part can be milled and what size tools and raw material we’d need.

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Topics: CNC, CAM, DFM

Tips and Tricks to Get More Out of Your Desktop CNC Mill

Posted by Shelley Villano on Apr 8, 2016 12:31:53 PM

Whether you are new to CNC milling or have been using a desktop CNC mill for some time, there’s always a way to make your workflow more reliable or efficient. Here are three simple and easy tricks you can use to simplify your workflow and make higher quality parts faster.

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Topics: How-To, CAM, Tips & Tricks, CNC, CAD

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

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

The Heat Sink Experiment, a Heat Transfer Teaching Resource from OMC

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Feb 8, 2016 12:13:37 PM

We specially designed a new lab experiment for Mechanical Engineering students who are required to take heat transfer courses as part of their major. The Heat Sink Experiment gives students a chance to gain practical experience with theories about heat transfer. This lesson teaches about extended surfaces and 1D steady-state conduction in finned surfaces by having students analyze, design, fabricate on a CNC mill, and test their own heat sinks. Students get a pragmatic, hands-on way to engage with engineering concepts, gain first-hand experience, and also get introduced to manufacturing processes, all of which provide an edge in the job market.

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Topics: Mechanical Engineering, Fusion 360, CNC, Aluminum, Education, Metal