Setting Up Your Material (Otherplan Classic)

This guide refers to Otherplan Classic, OMC’s legacy application for Mac OS X. For the cross-platform version of this guide, please click here.

Before milling a project, you need to tell Otherplan Classic the size and position of the material you’ll be milling. This requires that you first measure the dimensions of your material. We recommend using a pair of digital calipers. Once you’ve done that, you’re ready to set up your material in Otherplan Classic. This guide shows you how to set up your material in Otherplan Classic.

  1. Click the Setup Material button in the upper-left corner of the window.

    Setup Material

  2. In the Material Properties dialog that opens, choose your material from the first drop-down menu.

    Choose material

  3. In the second drop-down menu, set your material size to Standard (the default size) or Custom Size. If you choose Custom Size, enter the width, height, and thickness.

    Material size

  4. Click the Continue button to advance to the Material Origin dialog.

  5. In the Material Origin dialog, enter the position of the lower-left corner of your material relative to the lower-left corner of the spoilboard. If the corner of your material is lined up with the corner of the spoilboard, click “Align to Spoilboard” to automatically set the origin.

    Material origin

The Material Origin dialog sets the material’s location in space. Your material will often be lined up with the lower-left corner of the spoilboard. This makes it easy to be sure that the Othermill cuts where you expect it to. However, there are exceptions. If you have something under your material, such as tape, you’ll want to account for that thickness because it will raise the material just slightly off the bed. In that case, you’ll want to add a few thousandths of an inch to the z-origin. If you’re using our alignment bracket (make sure you locate it first, simply click the “Align to Bracket” button and Otherplan will adjust the x-origin and y-origin automatically.

  1. Click Done. Your material is set up! Now you’re ready to import files.