The Othermill

Operating Othermill was a satisfying experience on many levels: simplicity of input file (just a flat SVG works!), user friendly design of the software, aesthetics of the machine, and finally the quality of the finished job. The 1/8″ flat mill bit ordered from Amazon seemed to be a quality product. I spent some time observing my classmate when they worked on their projects and that helped a lot while setting up my job.

The setup was much simpler and quicker than what I had anticipated. Steps were easy to follow and the only thing that went wrong was setting the Z axis. The drill bit descends gradually till it ‘touches’ (makes electric contact with) the metal bed, but a small piece of double-sided tape acted as an insulator and the bit kept descending further, making a harsh noise. Thankfully I managed to stop it as I was all set with the cursor hovering on the Cancel button.

Ben handed us all Derlin plastic sheets. The material has an appealing sculptural quality. The white material is translucent and I decided to make something that looks beautiful with lighting. I found this piece of pipe in the junk, and made drawings for Derlin caps that would fit on the opening of pipe.

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It is great to see the software and the actual machine in action, sitting next to each other. The software displays the progress and simulation in real time.

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Othermill is pretty precise when it comes to milling small and intricate parts:

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I selected engraving for half the thickness of material. The final engraving and cutout looks like this:

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The circles snap on the piece of pipe, and it looks wonderful with LED illuminating the pipe from inside.

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