At Bantam Tools, we’ve been making high-precision, accessible desktop CNC mills for years, so it’s no surprise that we love all things CNC-related and glean inspiration from many forms of making. Being aficionados of precision, we've recently been mesmerized by the works of renowned Bay Area puzzle maker Lee Krasnow of Pacific Puzzleworks. Krasnow is widely regarded by puzzle collectors as one of the world’s best designers and craftsman of interlocking geometric puzzles and secret opening boxes. We reached out to gain insight into how he got started, as well as his tools, techniques, and challenges.
Inches, millimeters, mils — what’s the difference? One of our customers asked for advice on which units to use when designing for the Othermill, so we put together this handy guide to units.
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).
If you haven’t taken a minute (well, actually 1:36) to watch our newest product video, check it out now! It beautifully illustrates the possibilities of what you can make on the Othermill by showing off a multi-material case created for Other Machine Co.’s popular binary timepiece, the Nerd Watch.
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?
Today, in a matter of hours, I went from never having done 3D CAD to having a physical object from an idea I had. I went through some tutorials and got a bit of nudging from the people on my team, but the only barriers standing between me and this wood cut were what I knew, not the quality of the tools involved.