BERKELEY, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Other Machine Co., based in Berkeley, California, and the maker of rapid prototyping tools for electrical and mechanical design engineers and educators, has been acquired by Bre Pettis, former co-founder and CEO of MakerBot and current head of Bre & Co. Dr. Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Co., will continue to lead the company and will remain in Berkeley, California, overseeing daily operations.
Other Machine Co. builds rapid prototyping tools for electrical and mechanical design engineers and educators that speed up their pace of innovation. Other Machine Co.’s mission is to transform digital desktop manufacturing and make in-house prototyping accessible to all designers of mechanical parts and PCBs. Other Machine Co. is at the forefront of the digital desktop manufacturing movement.
With Other Machine Co.’s Othermill Pro, prototyping can be done faster, more reliably and less expensively than with other CNC machines. The Othermill Pro, priced at around $3,100, can mill circuit boards, carve complex 3D shapes in metal, wood and other materials, make molds and engrave a variety of materials. It is also quiet enough to use in an office and classroom. With the Othermill Pro, ideas become prototypes in minutes and the building and testing of a complete circuit board can be done in a single day.
“I'm thrilled to have acquired Other Machine Co.,” said Bre Pettis. “The Othermill Pro is an amazing milling machine that is so accurate that electrical engineers can mill circuit boards with 6 mil traces and develop circuit boards faster than a circuit board service. I'm excited to be back in the arena supporting innovators."
Since leaving MakerBot in 2014, Bre Pettis has run his own company, Bre & Co., that is exploring the frontiers of craftsmanship, advanced manufacturing and iterative design.
Dr. Danielle Applestone, CEO of Other Machine Co., stated, “Continuing to lead Other Machine Company as CEO is an incredible opportunity, and I’m thrilled to have Bre’s support. I look forward to building on our commitment of accessible prototyping machines for professional engineers and empowering a generation of students who use the Othermill Pro to learn and make their ideas a reality."
“At Other Machine Co., we focus on precision and user experience. Our hardware and software platform is a great foundation to explore desktop manufacturing,” noted Sam Prest, CTO of Other Machine Co.
Other Machine Co. builds hardware, writes software, and supports the engineering community through the creative process. The Othermill Pro is the company’s flagship product and is used at creative venues such as the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, CITRIS Invention Lab, all branches of the US military, NYU ITP, Blackmagic Design, Adafruit, and the Supplyframe DesignLab among other places.