Bantam Tools Blog

Otherplan Public Beta 0.27: Cutting PCB Milling Time

Posted by Ezra Spier on Apr 28, 2016 9:22:15 AM

Otherplan 0.27 set up to mill an Arduino Pro Mini with 30º Engraving Bit and 1/32 inch Flat End Mill

This month’s Otherplan release improves one of the most important aspects of the PCB milling process: speed! Get Otherplan Public Beta 0.27 for Windows and Mac now or read on for all the details.

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Topics: Circuit Boards, Software, Otherplan

Otherplan Public Beta 0.26: Double-Sided PCBs Now Available on Mac and Windows

Posted by Ezra Spier on Mar 31, 2016 8:25:06 AM

It’s here! This month’s Otherplan Public Beta release includes one of the top feature requests from Windows users: support for milling double-sided circuit boards. Download version 0.26 now, or read on for all the details.

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Topics: Windows, Circuit Boards, Otherplan

Otherplan Public Beta 0.25 Update: Alignment Bracket Support

Posted by Ezra Spier on Feb 24, 2016 9:28:46 PM

We’ve just released this month’s update to the Otherplan Public Beta: 0.25. In this update, we’re excited to share two new features: support for the Othermill’s alignment bracket and graphical improvements to FR-1. Download the update now or read on for more details.

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Topics: Software, Otherplan

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

Othermill on Windows: Introducing the Otherplan Public Beta

Posted by Ezra Spier on Oct 6, 2015 8:00:00 AM

Ever since we launched the Othermill, there’s been one question we get asked more than any other: How do I use Othermill with Windows? We’ve heard loud and clear that Windows users want a simple, visual, and easy-to-use interface to control the Othermill. And we’re excited to announce that the wait is finally over!

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Topics: Windows, Software, Announcements, Otherplan

PCB Milling Resources: Guides, Videos, and Projects

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jul 22, 2015 10:45:00 AM

It’s no secret that the Othermill is a phenomenal tool when it comes to milling custom circuit boards. Hobbyist, students, and professionals alike have shared stories of how the Othermill has significantly improved their workflow and allowed them to rapidly prototype like never before (read a few in the story links below).

We love hearing that, almost as much as we love supporting our users and helping making their experience as simple and fun as possible. To that end, we’ve been working hard to increase the support guides we have available. Here is a list of resources that we hope you enjoy and find useful as you mill PCBs on your trusty Othermill.

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Topics: Tutorials, Circuit Boards, Otherplan, Electronics

Video: Set Up Otherplan to Mill SVG Files on the Othermill

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jul 9, 2015 2:41:00 PM

What’s an .svg file? Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg) is a common image file format. Unlike raster image files (like .jpg, .gif, and .png) that store images in grids of colored pixels, .svg files store image information as lines and shapes. As such, they can be scaled to any size and still look perfectly sharp, unlike a .jpg, which may look fuzzy and pixelated when scaled up.

More importantly, because .svg files store shapes instead of pixels, Otherplan can turn the shapes into toolpaths, which you can then cut on the Othermill.

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Topics: How-To, SVG Files, Tutorials, Videos, Stamps, Otherplan