Bantam Tools Blog

Lee Krasnow Makes Mind-Blowing Puzzles

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Sep 5, 2018 9:29:46 AM

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.

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Topics: Design, Things We Like, Stories

The Othermill Guide to Units of Measurement

Posted by Ezra Spier on Jun 15, 2016 1:42:37 PM

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.

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Topics: Design, Tips & Tricks, Support

Kinetic Kimono - the Immortal Butterfly

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Jan 4, 2016 1:04:56 PM

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).

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Topics: Customers, Design

The Nerd Watch, Unveiled

Posted by Katie Wilson on Jul 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM

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.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Design, Circuit Boards, Videos, Inside OMC, Announcements, Electronics

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

Why I'm So Excited About This Misshapen Piece of Wood

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Sep 28, 2014 5:35:00 PM

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.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, CAM, Design, Inside OMC, Fusion 360, Software, CAD