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SketchChair by Diatom Studio

SketchChair by Diatom Studio
The video from our Kickstarter Campaign. Digital manufacturing processes open up a world of opportunity for producing unique individualised objects, but we think there is a lack of accessible digital tools that allow anybody to use these processes to design and make their own functional, personalised products. We hope that SketchChair will give anybody the opportunity to design a unique one-off original chair that is personal to them. Within the program, you can upload chairs you have created, adding them a growing collection of open-source designs in the SketchChair Design Library. Any of these chairs are freely available to be downloaded and edited by anybody, allowing chair designs to evolve as users continually refine and modify them. SketchChair is an open-source project and has been made possible thanks to our supporters.

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ReadyToCut - Vector Art for CNC - Free DXF Files ReadyToCut - Vector Art for CNC - Free DXF Files New Media Screenshot_20161223-202619 Gear template generator This free online gear template generator is designed for making scale accurate paper gear templates which you can glue onto wood and then cut out with a bandsaw. I recommend printing the gears with an ink jet printer. Even cheap ink jet printers print very scale accurate but Not all laser printers are accurate. You can still access the old (pre 2015) Flash based gear geberator Getting the printout to scale correctly, avoiding cropping Digital Wood Joints Wood Joints are fascinating! 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.

Architecture Design Fashion The Maker Library Network was a British Council project that connected designers and makers around the world. It facilitated knowledge and skills exchange amongst professionals and encouraged public engagement with making. A Maker Library combines three elements of a makespace, a library and a gallery.

front Is it possible to let a first sketch become an object, to design directly onto space? The four FRONT members have developed a method to materialise free hand sketches. They make it possible by using a unique method where two advanced techniques are combined.Pen strokes made in the air are recorded with Motion Capture and become 3D digital files; these are then materialised through Rapid Prototyping into real pieces of furniture.See the movie of the process of making a sketch into a piece of furniture in just one pen stroke. Click here The Swedish design group FRONT has been working in Japan since September.

Make your own PCBs on an inexpensive desktop CNC mill Traditionally, there are two ways of hobbyists making custom PCBs: 1. Using toner transfer and chemical etchant -- can be tricky to get the right materials, and the chemicals are nasty and messy 2. Paying a service like BatchPCB or OshPark -- fairly inexpensive, but usually have to wait a long time, like two or three weeks. Milling them on a CNC is a quick way with a different set of pros and cons: The good: * Quick turnaround - don't have to wait days or weeks for it to ship * The mill does the drilling * No messy acid to deal with * Once you have good settings, the process is easily repeatable * Two sided boards are possibly slightly easier than with etched boards * Inexpensive - you're just paying for blank circuit boards which are a couple bucks each

Freesteel (c) 2010 - 2012 Freesteel, Slice v1.5, ( Slice is distributed freeware and without warranty of any kind. May contain bugs. Use entirely at your own risk. Usage: slice [options] 10 Air Purifying Plants For Homes & Offices Even in huge, busy cities, outdoor air is cleaner and preferable to indoor air. Why is that? One reason is that trees and plants are constantly cleaning the air outside. This suggests that the eco-minded homeowner or office dweller should go out and buy some plants – but which ones? With all the hype of “going green”, every plant on the market is being promoted as an air purifier!

The Thread Wrapping Machine by Anton Alvarez Threads and glue replace joints and screws in the furniture that emerges from a custom-made machine designed by Royal College of Art graduate Anton Alvarez (+ movie). The Thread Wrapping Machine creates objects by binding components in hundreds of metres of thread while coating them in glue. Above: photograph is by James Champion Pieces of material such as wood, steel or plastic are passed through the machine as it spins round, controlled by a foot pedal. Above: photograph is by Märta Thisner As the object is moved through the machine and wrapped in thread, additional components can be added to create chair legs, seat backs and other elements. □Smartcore – 3D printer parts and enhancements A free software license that requires that all work based on this must also be free software as in freely remixable and sharable by anyone under the same license but may be used commercially. Learn more or download attribution tags

Integrated CAM for SolidWorks Register and download HSMXpress – the free, easy-to-use full featured CAM solution that allows all licensed users of SolidWorks 2010 or newer to create high quality toolpaths using the latest in 64-bit and multi-core technology. (32-bit version is also available.) HSMXpress requires SolidWorks 2010 or newer; and Microsoft® Windows XP®, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7 (General Release; 64-bit or 32-bit) Join everyone in the SolidWorks Community with SolidWorks 2010 or newer - download HSMXpress and begin to experience the benefits of a truly integrated CAM system for 2D and 2-1/2 D CNC programming and see how easy it is to create the programs that can turn your designs into real machined parts.

CNC Panel Joinery Notebook 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, and I keep expecting a definitive book or website to emerge that covers the “bag of tricks” in an organized way. So far, I haven’t found it.

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