DIA workshops, Digi-Fabrication, DIY, Laser Cutting, Workshops

4.16 + 4.17 Tectonic Tiles workshop

This is the last call for registration to this weekend's tectonic tiles workshop at FABberz (Saturday and Sunday).  The workshop will explore different tiling methods used by M.C. Escher, and introduce parametric tile creation using Rhino + Grasshopper.  Tile molds will be laser cut and casted in plaster, and participants will leave the 2 day workshop with their own fabricated tiles.  Included in the $175 workshop fee is a 2-hour laser cutting FABpass which will never expire! Some Rhino experience is recommended, and for those who wish to be introduced to Rhino for the first time, we suggest attending the optional rhino introduction on Friday, April 15th, from 6:30pm - 9:30pm ($50).  No experience is necessary for Grasshopper.

REGISTER HERE! or call us for registration by phone at 646-781-9448.


DIA workshops, Digi-Fabrication, DIY, Laser Cutting, Workshops

Day 7 – DIA Workshop: Rio de Janeiro

As tarefas foram transmitidas e os trabalhos continuam no instituto Infnet. Os participantes se empenham cada vez mais na elaboração dos projetos da fruteira ou luminária e agora na estratégia urbana  para as favelas.

Everybody already knows about all the instructions for each project. They continue to work hard on the "REWARD BRIEF" to create a lamp or a fruit bowl.  At the same time, each student begins to dig deeper for the "DIA BRIEF", developing urban strategies for the "favelas".

CNC Milling, Digi-Fabrication, DIY


self potrait of DIY LILCNC made with a ballpoint pen attachment

Milling Sample: Hardwood

Milling Sample: Foam

DIY LILCNC is an open source set of plans and instructions to build a DIY fully functional CNC milling machine for the price of $700. Made of laser cut MDF pieces, 3 motors, a dremel, circuit boards, and local parts from McMaster Carr, it is possible for anyone with the resources to build their own DIY LILCNC.

CNC devices are used to fabricate physical objects with a high degree of precision. Some CNC devices, including the DIYLILCNC, feature a gantry-mounted cutting tool (like a router) that can move in two or more directions. The operation of the tool is controlled by a computer, which is tasked with translating a digital design into actual tool movement

Created by Chris Reilly and Taylor Hokanson, two Chicago based artists who also teach at School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Plans and instructions for building the DIYLILCNC are distributed freely and intended for wide distribution and modification with few restrictions. The plans are formatted to facilitate easy fabrication, especially for beginners. The DIYLILCNC can be built by an individual, a student group, or a class. Besides being immensely fun, building the DIY LIL CNC is a great way to learn about motion control and CAD/CAM/CAE.

The plans and instructions can be found on their site:

Digi-Fabrication, DIY

Aerated Chairs

0tofuchair The Tofu Chair by Yu-Ying Wu

The chair looks like a large block a tofu surrounded with various sized perforations. The placement of the perforations are carefully calculated with the large triangles at the top-front-center to create an armchair-like shape when compressed by the human body. The chair is made of high density foam that is Environmentally friendly and conforms and adjusts to any body weight or posture of the person sitting on it.  The chair is inspired by plant cells and has won the Red Dot Design Award.


SuperFoam Chair by Rich Gilbert

SuperFoam is a re-creation of naturally occurring reticulated foam structures through a casting process that facilitates designing the properties of the foam itself. By developing the casting process the properties of the foam could be controlled so the chair flexed and deformed to create a supportive structure.

Video of Casting Process :

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AA, Digi-Fabrication, DIY, IaaC, Laser Cutting, Open Source [OS]

FABberz cofounder + Pablo Rica Runner Up for [AA FAB RESEARCH CLUSTER]

IMAGE FABberz cofounder Josiah Barnes and his partner, Pablo Rica are runners up for the AA FAB RESEARCH CLUSTER competition with their project, MUSCULAR SYNERGY.



The FAB Research Cluster at the Architectural Association in London announces the results of the 2009 AA|FAB Awards. The Award theme was ‘Designing Fabrication’ and the jury was interested in recently built projects that exemplify the innovative integration of design and fabrication processes through digitally driven design systems and protocols, and whose completion contributes to an international discourse on the use of emerging design and fabrication technologies.

Entries were received from all over the world including the UK, Spain, Austria, US, Canada, Japan, China, Hong Kong, and Australia. Due to the uneven distribution of entries across the categories suggested in the brief, the jury decided to reorganise all submissions into either INTERIOR or EXTERIOR groups.  Accordingly, it was agreed to reallocate the prize money into six awards, with a first prize of £1500 and two runners-up of £750 for each group.

The jury met on Thursday 11 June and was impressed by the extremely high standard and diversity of the submitted work. After four hours of deliberation they unanimously selected the following schemes for awards:



RUNNER UP: THE MORNING LINE Matthew Ritchie with Aranda/Lasch and Daniel Bosia

RUNNER UP: MUSCULAR SYNERGY Josiah Barnes and Pablo Rica


FIRST PRIZE: CEILING CLOUD Andrew Vrana, Joe Meppelink and Scott Marble

RUNNER UP: GREEN VOID Chris Bosse, Tobias Wallisser, Alexander Rieck, LAVA


The six award recipients will present their work at an AA|FAB conference during London Design Festival week from 19-27 September. A further eighteen entries have been selected for exhibition in September.

Digi-Fabrication, DIY, IaaC, Laser Cutting, Open Source [OS]

Open Source_IPhone scanner

KylA Koch is an industrial design student at the University of Cincinnati’s school of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). He is currently working on point of purchase displays as a structural designer. Kyle currently resides in West Chester, Ohio.
“When I got my iPhone last year I loved having everything important in one place, and the ability to get rid of unnecessary devices, documents and information I kept with me. I would frequently snap photos of class assignments printed on copy paper so I wouldn’t have to worry about losing them. The documents normally came out pretty clear, but it was tough to keep still while taking the pictures. I set out to make something that would ensure clean, consistent pictures of documents taken with the iPhone that would be free and easy to make on your own. And so, here you will find the eps files to make your own iPhone document scanner. I have provided them to you for free to make your very own iPhone Document Scanner until one is available for purchase here in my store!. By downloading the product plan you will pay ZERO for the intellectual property, this means you only pay for the materials and manufacturing time.It’s ready to go right now!”

Kyle A Koch is an industrial design student at the University of Cincinnati’s school of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP). He is currently working on point of purchase displays as a structural designer. Kyle currently resides in West Chester, Ohio.



Cutting file This is the  eps file, that it is uploaded on the ponoko website. The design is composed in 2 sheets. It is complemented with some pictures showing the final project

Fabrication time 15 minutes were needed in order to prepare the dxf file for the cnc laser machine . The material used; 5 mm wood.

Assembly There was no manual for the assembly, the documents that I have followed to assemble the iphone scanner were the jpg files and also the text that it is in the website, with a description about the material to used and the size of the  finish object. I have spent 10 minutes to complete the assembly.





Once the model was built, I have observed that the own designs´s structure, was producing some shadows on the surface were the documents were place. Considering that situation,The change I have proposed consist in a lighting stripe of LEDS, located in the internal part of the U shape. This stripe will provide a constant and uniform light, that will allow the user to be able to scanner without natural light.