Bantam Tools Blog

Devin's Wooden Digital LED Clock

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Dec 13, 2018 10:27:56 AM

Bantam Tools' own technical manager Devin Cooper recently delved into the world of woodworking by taking a class. Naturally, he then merged his knowledge of PCB creation with his newly honed woodworking skills to make this neat digital LED clock. He designed a custom Arduino shield and milled it on the precise, reliable Bantam Tools Desktop PCB Milling Machine. Devin also shared his EAGLE design file. We chatted with him to learn more.

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Topics: PCB Files, PCB Design, Electrical Engineering, Arduino, Projects, Circuit Boards

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

Learn How to Design, Mill, and Paint Custom PCB Pins

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jan 24, 2018 10:14:00 AM

Adafruit's super-talented Collin Cunningham shared a great how-to for making custom pins using copper PCBs as the base material—double-sided, copper-clad FR-4 boards, to be exact. Collin used not just any mill, but our reliable little PCB mill to make the project. We got a sneak peek at these neat pins in our recent roundup of community builds.

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Topics: PCB Design, PCB Files, SVG Files, Tutorials, How-To, Adafruit, Projects, Circuit Boards

Free Tool Libraries for Every Material & Common End Mill Size

Posted by Emily Shore on Jul 14, 2017 11:50:14 AM

Even if you’ve only done just a few projects on the Othermill or Othermill Pro, you know the importance of using the correct feeds and speeds for your design and material type. This is a topic we’ve previously covered in detail in our Speeds and Feeds Guide and Materials Guides, but with the recent addition of SVG milling in Otherplan, we've made it possible to mill designs without creating G-code or thinking about speeds and feeds ahead of time. 

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Topics: Projects, Tips & Tricks, SVG Files, Metal, Tutorials

SVGs and Milling Metal Cutouts Without Breaking End Mills

Posted by Emily Shore on Jul 13, 2017 11:41:35 AM

Using SVG files is an easy way to mill simple shapes without using traditional CAD and CAM software. When you use SVG files, you can create your design using clipart, screenshots of images, hand drawings, or your graphic design software of choice, such as Illustrator or Inkscape.

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Topics: Projects, Tips & Tricks, SVG Files, Metal, Tutorials

3D-Print a Handy Tool Rack for Your Othermill

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jun 20, 2017 11:18:31 AM

Community member Troy Gomez recently shared this neat tool rack design he made for his Othermill Pro. He describes it as "very functional with stadium-style seating." The rack, which Troy 3D-printed using black ABS filament, has slots to hold 14 bits and pegs to hold two bit fans and an alignment bracket. 

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Topics: 3D Printing, Projects, Tips & Tricks

Winter Othermill Project Roundup

Posted by Amber Hancock on Feb 28, 2017 6:18:00 AM

Winter is almost over, and that means it's time for another Othermill Project Roundup! Throughout the season, we've collected quite a few Othermill-made creations from community members near and far, and we're excited to share them with you. Projects range from 2D engravings made using SVGs, to both simple and complex PCBs, to 2-1/2D mechanical parts in all shapes and materials (wood, polycarb, and aluminum, just to name a few). 

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Topics: Projects, Customers, Education, PCB Design, Things We Like, Othermill Projects

Othermill Project Roundup

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Jul 19, 2016 10:00:39 AM

Recently we've gotten some inquiries asking what people are making with their Othermills. Projects range from introductory to advanced, and I thought I would collect some of the examples from the past two months in one place. It is impressive to see the volume of work being done out there. If you have a project or technique you'd like to share, email us at hello@othermachine.co.

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Topics: Projects, Othermill Projects

Dhruv's Oak and Inlaid Aluminum Map of Manhattan

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on May 23, 2016 6:00:00 AM

New media designer and ITP master’s student Dhruv Damle recently wrote in to share a beautiful project he made using one of the Othermills at ITP’s Soft Lab: his oak and aluminum abstract map of Manhattan.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Precision, Customers, Stories, Projects, Wood, Aluminum, Metal

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