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Literary gold mine for CNC millers

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. 1984, of course, was decades prior to the advent of accessible home CNC milling, so all those carefully shaped and slotted parts, at the time, had to be laboriously hand-cut using a jigsaw or similar tool. Related:  cnc cutting3D printing CNCProduct ideas

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. Three Basic Approaches The design vocabulary of CNC panel construction is evolving rapidly. In his article, Bruce mentions a taxonomy of three rudimentary CNC panel-construction techniques that he attributes to Scott Klinker at the Cranbook Academy of Art: the “stack of sections,” the “grid of sections,” and the “graphic profile” technique. Three approaches to designing a router-cut lounge chair. The first two “sectioning” techniques are amenable to algorithmic design.

Easy CNC conversion of a small mill Why not a 3D printer? I think a lot more people have 3D printers than CNC mills and they're great tools. There's a bit of an overlap with a mill, but they both have their strengths and weaknesses. Comparing a mill to a printer we broadly have: Pros Cons You can mill PCBs. Why not a laser cutter? Laser cutters are expensive and I haven't seen any simple home builds. The Twice Remembered Cottage - A Cottage Transformation Journey "Live in the sunshine, swim the sea, drink the wild air"~ Ralph Waldo Emerson I appreciate everyone's well wishes in my last post...I'm happy to say that I can finally *breathe* again! Thanks to my good old doctor and the meds he prescribed, my sinus infection is clearing up and my cough has just about fizzled out. I'm looking forward to finally getting back into some kind of routine this week! I knew having that many magnets on my fridge would create about 400 pieces of additional artwork, memos, receipts, and photos - yikes! Basically, what you'll need for this project is a piece of sheet metal {I got mine from Lowes at around $7 for a 24"X36" piece}, a piece of thin plywood, trim, and Liquid Nail. Here is that pretty trim I mentioned in my last post. Now, your hardward store may cut your plywood to size for you. Here you see that I used a T-square to draw lines on the plywood showing exactly where the sheet metal would go in the center. And, now, imaginations on, everybody!

AQS Design Team Color and Design Tips | Quilt Views & News At AQS, we work with a fun and friendly group of designers who toil at their computers every day designing ads, book covers and book pages, layout and design for magazines, show books, web pages, and much, much more. They work hard, put in overtime, and we appreciate all they do! (You’ll see some of them at most QuiltWeek® events, too!) Some of our designers are quilters, and some are not. Regardless, they’re each armed with more than an average share of color and design knowledge. Recently, they were asked the question: “What bit of advice would you like to give quilters about color and/or design?” From Jeff Beck, who creates OnPoint‘s colorful designs and many e-mail ads: Stuck choosing a color scheme? Lacking that spark of inspiration for your next project? For example, Look for inspiration in different eras—there is a very different design sense from the 1850s as compared to the 1920s or the 2000s. Look for inspiration in the details. Look for inspiration in music. Need inspiration?

Fanciest Camping Tent Trailer Ever! CNC Panel Joinery Notebook | 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. 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. To simplify things, at first, I’m only considering joints between two panels. Laser vs. The router-cut version, however, doesn’t work. Biasing Cross (“X”) Joints

Mr Beam - a Portable Laser Cutter and Engraver Kit by Mr Beam Lasers With the Mr Beam kit, you can build your own laser cutter and engraver. Explore new ways to express your creativity: Cut your own designs from paper, adhesive foil (custom stickers!) or other materials with the power of light. Decorate surfaces like wood and leather and personalize your belongings with an engraving. Our main goal is to make laser cutters easy to use, portable and enjoyable for everyone! The kit includes all parts required to get you started. A while ago we attended a maker scene workshop where we assembled a RepRap 3D printer kit. As we explored making things ourselves, we were further inspired by self made laser cutters (like ct hacks Laserplotter, Lasersaur and Domestic Hacks) and were fascinated by the variety of possibilities. Our motivation for Mr Beam, was to maximize the working area while keeping costs to a minimum. We have just finished our third prototype of both Mr. #03 software The software operating Mr Beam allows the user to control the device. No!

Craft Ideas - free, fun projects and more 50 Excellent Adobe After Effect Tutorials Adobe After Effects is a digital motion graphics and compositing software. Its main purpose is for film and video post-production. With Adobe After Effects it’s possible to create so great looking visual effects as in “Hollywood style” movies. Adobe After Effects is mainly used to create visual effects for commercials and movies but you can also create image slide-shows, some small videos, transition effects for websites and stuff like that. It is not difficult to learn by your own. You only need to find some good tutorials and you are ready to start. For beginners Introduction to Adobe After Effects | Andrew Kramer Basic effects | Andrew KramerLearn to create some basic effects using After Effects. Animation | Andrew KramerNow you can learn how to create an animation. Trim Paths | Aharon RabinowitzLearn how to create simple trim paths. Simple Reflection Techniques | Aharon RabinowitzVery simple but cool technique creating reflections. Rendering | Shoaib KhanLearn about rendering your video.

diy neon sign | THE POOPERS Make your own indoor neon light sign, without needing to master the art of blowing neon glass tubes! And no, I'm not talking about taping glowsticks on a wall... ビール (biiru) means beer in Japanese Cocktails, anyone? Since I had been planning to help Mr. Not surprisingly, I ended up on various web stores that sell something called EL Wire (electroluminescent wire). Level of difficulty This how-to is going to be fairly extensive, and dedicated to the intermediate crafter (whatever that means). But...if you're not to the task and want to play around with EL wire anyway, coolneon.com sells pre-assembled kits that have one color of wire already hooked up. About EL Wire EL Wire is similar to your standard electrical wire. The light coming from EL Wire has varying intensities depending on the type and thickness you buy. Tools Most of your tools can be bought at any hardware store and craft store. Supplies EL wire can be bought from various online stores. A design! The unlit sign. Overview I know.

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. Everything snaps together like flat-pack furniture, but without the cheesy fasteners—just mechanically sound through tenons and lap joints. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below To build this chair, you'll need a $25,000, full-size CNC router, such as a ShopBot. Download all the files for this chair here and open the 3D model with a CAD (computer-aided design) application. Reed Young I built this chair at the Visible Futures Lab of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. (Photograph by Reed Young) If you're working from our files, you'll see I've completed the following software steps for you. All set? Now for the fun part: the assembly. Download This Chair

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. Everything snaps together like flat-pack furniture, but without the cheesy fasteners—just mechanically sound through tenons and lap joints. To build this chair, you'll need a $25,000, full-size CNC router, such as a ShopBot. Download all the files for this chair here and open the 3D model with a CAD (computer-aided design) application. I built this chair at the Visible Futures Lab of the School of Visual Arts in New York City. If you're working from our files, you'll see I've completed the following software steps for you. All set? Now for the fun part: the assembly. Download This Chair Download all the files needed to build this chair—the CAD files (3D and flat) and the CAM file—here.

My Pseudo iPhone Case DIY Tutorials I love the way my iPhone looks without a case… I’m sure we all do. However, we know it’s completely impractical to carry an iPhone without a case save we drop it and break it and never forgive ourselves. I found this clear rubber case recently {at a kiosk at the mall for $20} and loved the simplicity of it. I especially love the mirrored glass effect it simulates around the edges when I’m looking at the front of it. That said, the back is an entirely separate issue. The case presses against the iPhone and then appears to be sweating, like feet in clear plastic shoes. So I thought I’d come up with a few alternatives to hide and/or disguise the “sweatyback” — er, not to be confused with “sexyback“. * My first and easiest solution was to simply slip a peacock feather in between the case and the phone. Slim enough to appease the way the case wraps around the phone and perfectly pretty. But I wasn’t happy just yet… Which turned out pretty, but still not quite my style… And Voila! Have Fun!

Prêt à jeter Mardi 24 janvier 2012 à 20h35 Un produit usé = un produit vendu ! Dans les années 1920, des industriels américains ont trouvé la formule magique pour soutenir la consommation : l’obsolescence programmée. Fini les bas en nylon qui résistent à tout et les ampoules qui durent cent ans, un bon produit est un produit jetable. Tourné aux quatre coins du monde, Prêt à Jeter est une enquête sur les bases de notre économie moderne - consommation, gaspillage et pollution. © Article Z Insolite :Prêt à jeter raconte également l’histoire de la Centennial Light. Dans une société où la croissance est tirée par la consommation, les produits durables sont une catastrophe ! Pour rentabiliser les machines et soutenir la consommation, on a contraint les ingénieurs à réduire la durée de vie des produits. "À l'époque, le développement durable n'était pas au centre des préoccupations", rappelle Warner Philips, arrière-petit-fils des fondateurs de la marque du même nom.

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