Otherplan Public Beta 0.28: Simplifying Tool Selection, Othermill Pro Support, and More

Posted by Ezra Spier on Jun 9, 2016 9:12:03 AM

We’re excited to share today’s release of Otherplan Public Beta 0.28. In this release, we’ve added a new feature that helps you choose tools for PCBs, support for the new Othermill Pro, a firmware updater, and much more. Download it now or read on for the details.

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Topics: Circuit Boards, Otherplan

Boost Your Boards: Speeding Up PCB Prototyping with Engraving Bit Isolation Milling

Posted by Ezra Spier on May 9, 2016 3:35:36 PM

 

What if I told you that you could mill precise PCBs in a fraction of the time, increase trace precision, and essentially eliminate the experience of breaking bits? Starting with version 0.27, the Otherplan Public Beta makes this possible with a new feature: engraving bit isolation milling.

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Topics: Circuit Boards, Otherplan, Electrical Engineering, End Mills

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

How to Make PCBs On a Desktop CNC Mill

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Jan 22, 2016 10:30:00 AM

This post provides an overview of how to design and prototype printed circuit boards on a desktop CNC mill. Most students do not have access to a CNC mill in their electrical engineering or electronics classes. In most classes, students make circuits using breadboards, which allows them to make connections by plugging wires and components into a grid. This method is great for very simple circuits, but it quickly becomes messy as circuits increase in complexity, to the point where it becomes very difficult to troubleshoot.

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Topics: How-To, CAM, Circuit Boards, Workflow, CNC, CAD, Electronics, Electrical Engineering

Video: Use FlatCAM to Convert Gerber Files to G-Code

Posted by Owen Smithyman on Oct 16, 2015 11:00:00 AM

Prototyping circuit boards is an important part of product development. Ordering prototypes from a PCB manufacturer is either very slow or very expensive (and still kind of slow). To speed up the process, many people etch boards themselves, which is much faster than ordering them but requires toxic chemicals.

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Topics: How-To, Gerbers, CAM, Tutorials, Windows, Circuit Boards, Videos

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

The Nerd Watch, Unveiled

Posted by Katie Wilson on Jul 15, 2015 9:00:00 AM

If you haven’t taken a minute (well, actually 1:36) to watch our newest product video, check it out now! It beautifully illustrates the possibilities of what you can make on the Othermill by showing off a multi-material case created for Other Machine Co.’s popular binary timepiece, the Nerd Watch.

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Topics: Othermill Projects, Design, Circuit Boards, Videos, Inside OMC, Announcements, Electronics

Video: Setting Up Otherplan to Mill Circuit Boards on the Othermill

Posted by Goli Mohammadi on Jun 29, 2015 11:13:00 PM
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Topics: How-To, Tutorials, Circuit Boards, Videos, Othermill, Otherplan, Electronics

Making Breadboards for Surface-Mount Packages

Posted by Joachim Pedersen on May 20, 2015 11:32:00 AM

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you’ll be quite familiar with our use of the Othermill as an integrated tool for prototyping circuits. One of the biggest challenges in quickly prototyping electronics is the lack of available through-hole packages for use with solderless breadboards.

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Topics: Circuit Boards, Electronics, Prototyping