Laser Cutting

Digi-Fabrication, Laser Cutting, Workshops

FABberz + Google Ideas + 23 students = Lots of fun in July!

This July, the FABberz Learn + Design + Make workshop division is collaborating with Google Ideas at FABberz  Google will be bringing 23 middle school students on a technology field trip to the lab.  The students will learn about digital fabrication and its connection to the tech world.  Teams will form to customize wooden shelving structures using laser cutting and etching.  The FABberz To-Go iPhone app along with scanning and live trace techniques will be implemented in order to create laser templates that the students will cut, etch, and take home with them. Stay tuned for photos of the workshop and student creations!

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, Laser Cutting, Workshops

LEARN + DESIGN + MAKE /// Workshops + Classes!

FABberz is happy to announce the launch of a new workshop series aimed at teaching digital design methods and translating them into physical, fabricated objects.  The first 4 workshops scheduled for Spring 2011 will be weekend workshops (Saturday + Sunday) with optional 1 day Rhino Introduction Courses the Friday before each scheduled workshop. Register Here

Poster PDF: learn+design+make

3d Printing, CNC Milling, Laser Cutting, Open Source [OS]

Open Source Laser Cutting

It was destined to happen... someone had to eventually make the leap in laser cutting that MakerBot made for 3d printing and DIYLILCNC made for CNC Milling: bring laser cutters into people's homes by making them affordable and open source.  It seems that nortd labs - a research and development studio founded in New York City - has set out to do just that with their open source laser cutting project "Lasersaur".  The project became a reality on July 8th, 2010, when it was successfully (over)funded on Kickstarter.

The project idea is described on the their Kickstarter site as simply being: "Design a laser cutter and make the building process repeatable for others".

Their mission statement is outlined at as being: "Within one year we hope to provide a cheap, safe, and highly-capable machine that will increase the proliferation of laser cutters and make a significant contribution to the personal fabrication movement. As part of this movement we hope to simplify the creation and sharing (building instructions thereof) of tangible objects. We hope to help make open source hardware mainstream."

FABberz wishes nortd labs the best of luck with Lasersaur - the project will indeed be a major contribution to the world of personal and distributed fabrication!

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".

Digi-Fabrication, Laser Cutting

Floral steel works of Tord Boontje


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Tord Boontje - Petit Jardin Bench and "Wednesday Lights" Garland lighting

Tord Boontje is an industrial designer who has created a variety of products from textiles, furniture, lighting, to installations. His work  is "known to temper edges with softness, borrowing inspiration from nature, and employ a decor of forms and layers to engage and entice with the observer's imagination and emotions." Tord Boontje Studio

The Petit Jardin Bench is made of laser-cut steel, zinc and powder coated, suitable for outdoor use, bent and fixed together creating a bench that gives off a garden-like feel. The Bench is a a limited piece produced exclusively by the artist. Image:

Wednesday Lights  is a laser-cut stainless steel that is wrapped around a pendant light fixture. Image:

FABing Fashion, Laser Cutting

Laser Cut Dresses is the new Fad!

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Elena Manferdini's collection of intricate laser cut fabric made into elaborate dresses that conceal and reveal the body. The garments are digitally produced and laser cut and assembled through different types of textile fabrics, it is described as " a built shelter for the body".

Elena is a trained civil engineer and architect who creates and uses various intricate patterning in fashion design, product design as well as architectural design.

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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.

Digi-Fabrication, IaaC, Laser Cutting


Parahelix by Joshia Barnes and Raquel Gallego Lorenzo After the structure was modelled, the horizontal and vertical sections had to be nested in order to lasercut them on two sheets of 2.9 cm thick wood. After calibrating the machine properly,the pieces were successfully cut in approximately 1.5 hours.

The assembly process began with the placement of the regularly placed horizontal sections at 3AM on center.  Once the structure of the horizontal sections was stabilized by several intersecting vertical sections,the assembly process was able to be completed by adding vertical elements one by one.

After the pipe structure was completed, white glue was utilized to secure the joint connections.Once dry, Parahelix was structurally sound.

cutting file