Other Machine Co. moved to a new office in Berkeley at the beginning of March! We love it, and we started production the day after we moved in. We’re excited to report that we’ve already completed our first manufacturing run of Othermills in the new space. We made a fun time-lapse video of some of the setup, which also shows the much larger size of our new factory room. Here's to a bright future.
Every month, the whole OMC team takes a day to make projects with the Othermill. We believe that the more we use our products, the more we’ll understand our customers' perspectives and have insight into how we can improve our work.
I take a lot of photos as part of my job. All the photos in our store were taken by me, as well as most of the photos in our support guides. It’s important for customers to be able to see the things they’re considering buying — clearly and without distractions — so high-quality photos are a necessity.
Until recently, taking good photos was slow and cumbersome. We had a flimsy portable photo studio that took a long time to set up. To get entire objects in focus, I had to reduce my aperture as much as possible. This decreased the amount of light reaching the sensor, so I had to take very long exposures, sometimes as long as two seconds. My pictures would often come out slightly blurry because our office building is old and vibrates from the machine shop downstairs. So I had to take several pictures and closely inspect them to make sure I got ones that were nice and sharp. I was able to do all this, but I yearned for a simpler, faster, brighter setup.
In the early days at OMC, we used to do something called “Project Friday.” We had spent so much time designing and making the Othermill that we didn’t have many opportunities to use it ourselves. Most of us on the team had no experience with CNC milling and all of a sudden needed to be able to talk intelligently about the Othermill and understand what made it special.
Ahoy, fellow millers! I’m Marc Fong, a recent graduate from the Industrial Design program at the California College of the Arts (CCA). This summer, I’ve had the great fortune of designing projects for the Othermill as one of the Design Studio Fellows for Other Machine Co.
Greetings from Other Machine Co.’s Design Studio! My name is Eric Chu and I’m an industrial design student at California College of the Arts spending the summer at OMC headquarters testing the limits of the Othermill.
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.
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.
Solder fumes can be dangerous to breathe, especially over a long period. That’s why, here at the OMC factory, we’ve spent a lot of time using and developing solutions for extracting nasty solder fumes while we work.
Months ago, when we began developing wiring harnesses and the board assemblies that make every Othermill run smoothly, we invested in a benchtop fume extractor. We quickly added an LED bar to the top of the extractor to improve the soldering experience. It worked great, as long as the soldering happened close to the extractor, but if we wanted to solder a batch of boards in one go, we quickly moved out of its range, rendering it useless.
Welcome to Factory Friday! As in the last installment, I’ll give you a behind-the-scenes look from the factory floor by describing one of the ways we’re streamlining the process we use to assemble each Othermill here at the OMC Factory.