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December 19, 2014 AT 3:22 pm

Factory Friday: Custom Tooling @othermachine

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Factory Friday: Custom Tooling @ Other Machine Co..

Welcome to Factory Friday! Like many complex machines, the Othermill is a truely global product. It takes hard work from multiple companies spread across the globe. Some parts are made in East Asia, some parts are made on the West Coast, and some parts are made downstairs.

Eventually, they all make it into our building for final assembly. Because the Othermill is such a complex machine there are a lot of assembly steps, somewhere over 150 in fact. To keep assembly time down and quality up, we have to design a lot of custom tooling, fixturing, and test jigs.

The Othermill frame is held together with special plastic screws. Each one has to be tightened to the same torque level. Each of the pilot holes needs to be drilled perfectly perpindicular before the screws go in. Since there are a lot of screws this could be a time-consuming and error-prone process.

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