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Make: DIY Projects, How-Tos, Electronics, Crafts and Ideas for Makers

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. Biasing Cross (“X”) Joints

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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. Back in April, I posted a long, rambling brain-dump from this personal file under the title “CNC Joinery Notebook.” If you pick up a copy of MAKE’s just-released Volume 33, you’ll find a much-polished version of that article on p.59. Since then, a few more patterns have come to my attention, and I thought the publication of MAKE’s new issue was a good opportunity to share them with you. spoolWorks Scaffold - 1.75mm - 500g Scaffold is a water-soluble and break-away support filament that actually works. Scaffold offers total design freedom, helping you to create complex geometries and complete functioning mechanisms in a single print (with no worries about overhangs!). Part of E3D’s spoolWorks range, Scaffold works best with our Edge and PLA filaments. For a complete overview of Scaffold and what makes it so special, please see our blog. Features: Can be broken away or dissolved from prints in normal tap waterPVA/PVOH-based but easy to print with low viscosityLower heat degradation and easily purged from nozzlesDesigned for perfect compatibility with spoolWorks EdgeShipped in a re-sealable bag with desiccant for exceptional dryness

Flux 3D: A cheap, modular 3D scanner, printer and laser engraver A Taiwanese team has developed the Flux 3D, a cheap all-in-one 3D printer, scanner and laser engraver that, thanks to its modularity, also leaves room for further expansion. The device also allows users to create, share and download designs directly from their mobile devices and connect to the printer via Bluetooth for more convenient operation. View all

The Worlwide List of Open Source Hardware Online Stores Latest update: May 21st 2013. Thanks everyone for your comments! Don’t spend any more time browsing desperately the internetz to find parts for your RepRap, Arduino kits or local sensors and PCBs distributors for your new project. I put together this worldwide list of online stores selling open source hardware. There is a big chance your country is in it and that you will finally find your favourite local online store to get open source electronics, robotics, parts, kits, materials and supplies for your hardware projects. Leave a comment below the post if you own an online store that is not in the list or if you know a great online resource that should be in it.

50 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. 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.

Makerbot Smart Extruder+ The Smart Extruder+ has double the warranty fo it's predecessor (6 months, rather than the 3 month warranty of the original Smart Extruder), the testing of the Smart Extruder+ proved that the extruder delivers dependable and consistent performance and will help you to produce excellent 3D models using the MakerBot PLA filament. The Smart Extruder+ has been built with improved components and features an enhanced sensor system ensuring that the printing prcoess is simple and reliable. For new customers, the Smart Extruder+ is available with a 50% discount when bought with a new MakerBot 5th Generation Printer (Replicator Desktop, Replicator Mini, Replicator Z18).

3D Printing Umbilical Cord Clamps in Haiti At first glance, Haiti might seem an odd destination for a 3D printer. 3D printers are cutting edge. They’re in the news. Laser cutting - custom laser cutting with Ponoko The Laser Cutter Roundup ? a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #203 Hey, Sam here collecting the post from The Laser Cutter. Above is a laser cut feltcoaster fromThe Little Factory. Make sure you joinTLC?

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