We love hearing about all the neat, diverse projects our community members make with the Othermill. Some of the best ones are built to solve a problem, and we recently got the following note from Maria Eberhardt when the Pacific Northwest was facing some serious storms last week. She made a multi-voltage LED light in case they lost power.
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.
Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with offices around the world, Blackmagic Design has been pushing the envelope on digital cinematography and production equipment since it was founded in 1984 by CEO Grant Petty. The company is known for making accessible, cutting-edge, high-end gear, previously cost-restrictive to all but professionals, a mission that strongly resonates with us here at Other Machine Co.
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.
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.
Did you know that 80% of the parts that comprise the Othermill are made in the US, most from manufacturers right here in the Bay Area? We’re happy to sing that fact from the rooftops because it’s something we think is really important to the future of domestic manufacturing.
It’s impossible to tell the Other Machine Co. story without talking about our roots in education. The predecessor to today’s Othermill was developed as a part of a research and development program to “reinvent shop class for the 21st century.” And though the machine itself has changed and become fine-tuned over the years, our commitment to our original mission has stayed the same.
Adafruit’s Collin Cunningham is like the teacher you always wish you had in school. In his top-notch video series, Collin’s Lab, he makes topics like RFID, MIDI, and solar accessible to anyone with interest. We were thrilled that in his latest video, Collin walks us through using an Othemill to mill the PCB for our simple (but awesome!) capacitive synthesizer project. He jams out on the final product, proclaiming that it’s “pleasingly glitchable, capacitively touchable.” Collin approves.