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

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

Introducing the Bit Fan, a New Othermill Accessory You Can Make

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Jan 27, 2016 8:42:15 PM

We just developed a really cool new accessory for the Othermill that makes your tools last longer and gives your milled parts a nicer surface finish. It also enables you to to see your workpiece more clearly. Win win! We call our new friend the Bit Fan. And the best part is that you can mill your own Bit Fan in 7 minutes!

Update: based on a suggestion from user Peter Luong, we made an STL version of the Bit Fan. If you don't have HDPE but you do have a 3D printer, you can print the Bit Fan!

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Topics: How-To, Machining, Machining Wax, Things We Like, Tips & Tricks, CNC

Our Favorite Vacuum

Posted by Mike Estee on Dec 18, 2014 4:07:00 PM

Having a good vacuum makes keeping the Othermill clean a snap. It also keeps the machine running and accurate. Our favorite vacuum here at Other Machine Co. is the Numatic “Henry” HVR200-12 (also available as the “Hetty” & “Harry”) It’s an iconic vacuum, and is instantly recognizable to our UK readers. At 72dB, this machine is surprisingly quiet. Great for those late night projects where you don’t want to wake the neighbors.

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Topics: Things We Like


Posted by Mike Estee on Oct 20, 2014 10:44:00 AM

We love tiny machines! Piccolo is one such project that introduces people to the world of “computer numerical control,” or CNC machines. The frame is laser-cut, and it uses 3 hobby servos to drive the carriages around. With access to a laser cutter and around $70 in parts you can have a little drawing robot.

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Topics: Things We Like

Arduboy: The Interactive Digital Business Card

Posted by Mike Estee on Mar 2, 2014 4:00:00 PM

Check out this beautiful hand held video game console concept by Portland-based Kevin Bates. It’s called the Arduboy and it’s a business card sized video game system that runs for 9 hours on a single CR2032. It’s an excellent demonstration of flush-board component mounting and interior board routing. He has an excellent write up on his site.

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Topics: Things We Like

Machining with LEGO

Posted by Mike Estee on Mar 19, 2013 5:00:00 PM

Ever since people started integrating software into the LEGO ecosystem, the machines have gotten vastly more complex and ambitious. Now, the platform has had some time to grow up and folks out there are designing LEGO machines that can make other things! Most of the things you would expect to find in a machine shop are represented in some form. I found videos of a bunch of them, starting with some designs by Arthur Sacek. Check out his CNC foam lathe:

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Topics: Things We Like