Why Burn-In and Break-In Processes Are Essential

Posted by Sam Prest on Mar 21, 2017 9:30:00 AM

In order to ensure that a product works well straight out of the box and performs reliably over its lifetime, it's important to consider a "break-in" or "burn-in" process for certain critical components. The difference between these two processes is subtle but important to understand when evaluating how and why to implement them. Both can play a critical role in maximizing lifetime and minimizing failures, ensuring a positive experience for end users.

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Topics: Manufacturing, Inside OMC

UC Berkeley's Jacobs Institute Invites Innovation Through Interdisciplinary Programming

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Mar 20, 2017 6:12:55 PM

In August of 2015, UC Berkeley opened the doors to Jacobs Hall, home of the College of Engineering's Jacobs Institute for Design Innovation, described as their "interdisciplinary hub for learning and making at the intersection of design and technology." The 24,000-square-foot building houses a wide variety of creative spaces and tool labs, including individual dedicated labs for wood fabrication, CAD/CAM, electronics, A/V production, and advanced prototyping, as well as all-purpose makerspaces (with Othermills proudly among the tool offerings).

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Intro to Electronics Product Design Part 2: Electronic System Architecture

Posted by Janet Stillman on Mar 14, 2017 9:00:00 AM

In the first installment of this five-part series, we worked through the process of defining the early requirements for our system: a convenient solar oven. In this second installment, we run through the steps of designing an electronic system architecture, with a heavy focus on the specific design of the solar oven controller. We’ll attempt to meet all the requirements for a test platform that were elaborated on in the previous article.

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Topics: Electrical Engineering

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

Design for Manufacturing: Can We Mill This Master Cylinder Adapter?

Posted by Sam Prest on Feb 21, 2017 9:18:40 AM

The part in question, with tooling, rendered in Fusion 360.

People often contact us asking if a specific part they've designed can be made with a desktop CNC. In this article, we use one example part to show you how to determine if a part can be milled and what size tools and raw material we’d need.

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Topics: CAM, CNC, DFM

Intro to Electronics Product Design: Defining Requirements for a Convenient Solar Oven

Posted by Janet Stillman on Feb 14, 2017 11:04:34 AM

This is the first in a series of five articles that will provide an overview of an electronics system design process, using the example of a solar oven controller. The process described here works for both simple and complex designs. Complex designs usually merit more iterations and more layers of optimization, but the steps are about the same.

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Topics: Electrical Engineering

Tips & Tricks for Milling Wood, as Seen on Adafruit's Show-and-Tell

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Feb 7, 2017 12:22:30 PM

Every week, Adafruit masterminds Limor Fried and Phil Torrone host a live on-air Show-and-Tell, where folks can join in and share the details of specific projects they're working on. Last week, Adafruit community member Dan shared his hard-learned tips and tricks for milling small wood pieces on an Othermill.

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UC San Diego's EnVision: Meeting Industry Need for More Hands-on Experience

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Jan 24, 2017 9:22:00 AM

In January of 2016, University of California San Diego opened the doors to their nearly 3,000-square-foot makerspace classroom called the EnVision Arts and Engineering Maker Studio. Fully stocked with a wide variety of design, fabrication, and prototyping tools, EnVision is housed in UC San Diego’s Structural & Materials Engineering building.

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Topics: Education

Getting to Zero Lead Time in Hardware

Posted by Danielle Applestone on Jan 12, 2017 4:12:34 PM

A TEAM THAT SHIPS TOGETHER STAYS TOGETHER

As of today, we are finally caught up with our backlog and shipping Othermill Pro orders when they are placed. It seems like a small shift, but this is huge for us. Each time you make a new version and put it out into the world, it is just like launching a totally new product. Here are some cold hard facts about how long each iteration took.

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Dave's Guide to Using Altium with the Othermill

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jan 4, 2017 9:22:00 AM

We recently heard from one of our intrepid community members, Dave Cox, who reached out to share a guide he's written about using the Othermill and Otherplan to make mechanical prototypes using Altium. Dave is an engineer at SeeScan, a company that specializes in designing, manufacturing, and supporting  diagnostic and utility-locating equipment. 

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Topics: PCB Design, Altium, PCB Files