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SinTo (Sin Tornillos, the Spanish for Without Screws) Laser cut furniture. Woodworking for engineers. SketchUcam. Design in SketchUp, work up the part and output the Gcode for your CNC machine!


Version 1.4 released 1 Nov 2015 - upgrade now! SketchUcam Overview SketchUCam is free plugin written for the Google SketchUp CAD program that allows the creation of Gcode to control your cnc machines and bring your SketchUp creations into the real world! NOTE: The download button for SketchUcam is located at the top right of this pageSketchUcam is possible though many great volunteers (super heroes) who have contributed to the project free of charge!

Recent Reviews n0kjfVersion: 1.2What a time saver! MakerCase - Easy Laser Cut Case Design. CNC Workflow: SketchUp, MakerCam, Universal Gcode Sender. The actual information that a CNC machine uses to determine where to move is called G-code.

CNC Workflow: SketchUp, MakerCam, Universal Gcode Sender

There are many ways to not only transfer the G-code to the CNC but also to actually generate the G-code. Today I’m going to show you a simple workflow that can be used with SketchUp, MakerCam, and Universal G-code Sender. At the end of this article I will have download links for the programs and plugins used in this workflow. There might be some better programs out there that can do it all but the main objective here is to get control of both the design phase and the tooling phase without spending money on expensive programs. I also have been playing around with a SketchUp plugin to directly generate G-code in SketchUp but that will be for another day.

Designing exactly what you want in SketchUp The benefit of designing in SketchUp is its incredibly easy to work with and it has great accuracy. Export Faces To SVG Plugin. Defining exact toolpaths in Downloads. From SketchUp to CNC Fabrication. This video series shows how to get from CAD, to CAM, to a CNC fabricated product.

From SketchUp to CNC Fabrication

The tools we will be using are SketchUp for CAD, CamBam for CAM, Mach3 for gcode reading/CNC control, and a CNC router (greenBull from for part fabrication. Keep in mind during this tutorial that the particular hardware/software tools, materials and application of these instructions will vary from person-to-person, region-to-region, and project-to-project. You may be using a different CAD program, CAM program, CNC control program, CNC machine, material sizes and fastening methods, and you will likely be fabricating a wide variety of products in the end. OpenBuilds. KCam, EMC2, Mach3, TurboCNC,and other CNC related software links. The fall-out of the DOT-COM bust has brought CNC to the hobbyist.

KCam, EMC2, Mach3, TurboCNC,and other CNC related software links.

Couple the availability of low/no cost CNC control software, low-cost integrated circuitry, and the tons of high-end hardware now found on eBay: and for the first time in history, CNC is attainable to the hobby market. We prefer EMC2 on Linux and Ubuntu, but there are others available for those who are shy. KCAM works great in Windows 98. Mach3 has a HUGE support group and bypasses some of the timing issues of the Windows environment. TurboCNC is a great piece of software, if you don't want to visualize your tool paths in real time and are comfortable in DOS. EMC2 is completely Open Source, free to use, and probably the most reliable, flexible, robust system out there.

Gear template generator program. Joining. A Dog Bone Joint is a friction fit joint used to join two pieces of sheet material.


Typically, dog-bone joints are made using a CNC machine. They are called dog-bone joints because the corners are rounded out and resemble a cartoon-like bone. The reason for the rounded out corners is to remove the extra material that is left by a round bit at the corners.When designing a dog-bone joint, it is important to test tolerances with scrap material. The scrap material should be the same type of material, preferably the same exact material that will be used for the final product. This is because different materials and even similar materials from different batches can produce different results. Neat CNC Router-Made Standing Desk Requires No Fasteners - CNCCookbook CNCCookbook. Before there was metal, there was wood, at least in my shop.

Neat CNC Router-Made Standing Desk Requires No Fasteners - CNCCookbook CNCCookbook

I didn’t get into CNC at that point in my life, many years ago, but I was way into custom cabinetry. I always admired the Japanese designs that required no fasteners–everything was held together through a cunning combination of tension and pegs. Someday I hope to get a CNC Router table going in the shop and return, at least a little bit, to doing some projects in wood. Meanwhile, I do enjoy seeing what others are up to with their CNC Routers.

One of the things that intrigued me most about CNC was that it isn’t just a faster way to do most things, it’s a way to do things that just simply can’t be done any other way, at least not by mere mortals like me. This article is about a neat little standing desk that requires no fasteners. OpenDesk - Design for Open Making. Cool CNC Lounge Chair Design. CNC plywood furniture. Open source work space. 50 Digital Wood Joints. Wood Joints are fascinating!

50 Digital Wood Joints

They embellish old furniture and wood constructions of ancient Japanese temples alike. Everytime we come across them, we are filled with admiration: Admiration for the skill of the master craftsman, as their creator, but also admiration for the balance between function and beauty, which turns the furniture or temple into a work of art. With the onset of industrialisation, the traditional wood joints have been banned more and more to the background. Manufacturing has to be above all efficient, so there is no more room for traditional wood joints. Or is there? As computer-controlled wood processing machines move into the cabinet-makers' workshops, the way two pieces of wood are joined together in a construction needs to be reconsidered.

Student kit - Open source CNC furniture on Behance. Hook chair- Open source CNC furniture. on Behance. CNC Joinery part 2: Complex Jigsaw Miter Flat Joint. This is part two of our tutorial series entitled "Practical CNC Joinery.

CNC Joinery part 2: Complex Jigsaw Miter Flat Joint

" In part two of the series we will be discussing how to create complex jigsaw miter flat joints. Material: 3/4" sheet stock MDO (Medium Density Overlay), four inch pieces of wood in a flat arrangement Machine: 3 axis greenBull CNC machine Software: AutoCAD (Design), CAMBAM (Machine tools), Mach3 (Post processor) This is the second part in a tutorial about fashioning joints using a CNC machine. First take into consideration the following: the amount of material will matter due to vibrations and beware of a sawtooth issue. We start out with four inch pieces of wood, just like last time, but in a flat arrangement. 50 Digital Joints: poster visual reference. Jochen Gross made this wonderful compilation of digital wood joints under CC license (various CAD files also available to download on his site).

50 Digital Joints: poster visual reference

I wanted to be able to look at them all at once at marvel at their beauty, so I whipped up this poster-format visual reference. It's under CC non-commercial share-alike license. Large .PNG here and downloadable PDF below. Enjoy! Waldorf Playstands with Kitchen Sink Stove-top par PlaystandsPlus. Primus:- wooden clock plan. BoxMaker. Wooden Gear Clock Plans from Hawaii by Clayton Boyer. 20+ Open Source Furniture Designs. CNC Table Clamps by phidauex. CNC Table Clamps (one minor fix) by stevecooley. Digital Fabrication for Designers: CNC Cut Wood Joinery. This topic discusses the design and cutting of wood joinery using CNC routers.

Digital Fabrication for Designers: CNC Cut Wood Joinery

In learning about CNC cut joinery it is well worth looking at the types of wood joints that have been cut with traditional tools (saws, chisels, tablesaws, bandsaws, etc.) for many years. This will help develop an understanding of the use conditions of the joints, and to visualize some solutions that have been created to deal with them. Later we'll see that the constraints of using CNC routers make clear that joints which are specifically designed or adapted to the process are the most suitable. Terminology Here are some basic terms used in all the forms of joinery discussed below: Pocket: A recess cut into a piece, usually to accommodate a mating part from the other member in the joint. Groove: A slot (U shaped flat bottom cut) or channel made with the grain. Dado: A slot made across the grain. Rabbet: A slot cut parallel to, and along the edge of, a board.

Designs. ReadyToCut - Vector Art for CNC - Free DXF Files. ReadyToCut - Vector Art for CNC - Free DXF Files New Media Barber Shop Sign. CNC plywood furniture. Cool CNC Lounge Chair Design. CNC plywood furniture. Designo » Mobiliario. SketchChair by Diatom Studio. Open CNC Furniture. Open design isn’t just for machines and electronics, With the rise in popularity of CNC routers and laser cutters, there is now an expanding open furniture movement. The result is a fabrication movement where designs are shared globally but fabricated locally and parametric design enables infinite configuration for personal fabrication. Every design featured in this article is available for download.

Lean Desk – Original OpenDesk, an open-source project commissioned by Mint Digital. Open Desk Edie Set – designed by brothers Joni and David Steiner, for their niece, Edie, when she was 18 months old. The OpenDesk project provides free downloads of designer furniture files that you can CNC. Lynton Pepper’s Wiki Booth was designed to provide extra privacy in shared workspaces. All designs on Open Desk are downloadable, but their attributes are not easily editable to adjust for different material thicknesses or spacial configurations. The Layer Chair Configuring the Layer Chair with Grasshopper. Open source work space. Designs.

Literary gold mine for CNC millers. From 1976 to 1983, Popular Science magazine, along with the American Plywood Association, ran an annual plywood panel project design contest for its readership. Often the winning projects were items of furniture, but that was not a requirement. A potter’s kick wheel and a folding plywood boat are notable exceptions. The rules were simple: Apart from common fasteners, the entire project had to be constructed from one or more panels of plywood, cut to make most efficient use of the material. In 1984, these projects were collected, by original contest editor Alfred W. Lees, into a book called 67 Prizewinning Plywood Projects. CNC Joinery Notebook: Update 1. For about ten years, I have been collecting various clever ways of cutting flat stock to design 3D shapes that slot together in space. Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers.

I’ve been collecting clever ways of slotting flat stock together since I first read Nomadic Furniture back in 1999, well before the advent of the accessible hobby-class CNC tools that today make manufacturing parts like these pretty easy. Now, the world is full of people designing models, project enclosures, sculpture, furniture, and all kinds of other cool stuff to be assembled from parts made on laser cutters and CNC routers.

I keep expecting a definitive book or website to emerge that covers the “bag of tricks” in an organized way, but so far, I haven’t found it. Maybe this article can serve as a jumping-off point. In any case, I think it’s time to share my notebook of CNC panel joinery. In presenting this material, I want to first acknowledge my respect for the world’s established and ancient traditions of joinery. I may abuse some terms, without meaning to, and I am glad to be corrected by those who are in the know about traditional joinery. Laser vs. Build Your Own Beautiful Flat-Pack Chair. I built this Eames-like chair without touching a single traditional woodworking tool. F bunk bed - Rafa-Kids.