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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

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).

Build Your Own Beautiful Flat-Pack Chair I built this Eames-like chair without touching a single traditional woodworking tool. No, it's not because I'm some kind of Luddite. I just love the immediacy of rendering a chair with 3D modeling software and then cutting out the parts with a CNC machine. ITopie iTopie Release status: Working Introduction 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.

CNC Software for Sale Step 34 - Software Toolchain Part 1 - Mach 3 Installation Now we come to the software section of this tutorial series. What's a software toolchain anyhow? Well, my fine feathered machinist... A software toolchain is a "chain" of software that enables the completion of an entire process from design to implementation. ReadyToCut - Vector Art for CNC - Free DXF Files ReadyToCut - Vector Art for CNC - Free DXF Files New Media Screenshot_20161223-202619 Snowman Snowgauge_Model_2 Angel Floating_Model Zion Luthern Church

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