Open Source [OS]

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 www.lasersaur.com 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!

Open Source [OS]

FABberz BETA LAUNCH!

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fs0puOZOZrw] FABberz is pleased to announce the BETA launch of its site, www.fabberz.com.  FABberz is an online web platform which lets artists and designers physically test and sell their digital fabrication design ideas.  For the BETA release, designers will be able to upload and order laser cut designs.  Other fabrication methods such as CNC Milling and 3d Printing can be uploaded to share with others, however they cannot yet be fabricated... coming soon!

Students and professional designers alike are encouraged to become a FABber today and open up your creativity to world. Today you can begin testing designs that are still in the ideas realm, and begin selling products that are ready to be fabricated!  The learn more or to become a FABber, visit www.fabberz.com.

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FABberz tiene el placer de anunciar el lanzamiento en version BETA de su página web, www.fabberz.com. FABberz es una plataforma web que permite a artistas y diseñadores testear físiscamente sus diseños y comercializar sus proyectos e ideas. Para la versión BETA, los diseñadores podrán subir sus diseños y fabricarlos usando una cortadora laser.Otros diseños para los que se precisan otros tipos de máquinas de control numérico, como serían las fresadoras y la tecnología de impresión en 3d, pueden subirse también para compartir con el resto de la comunidad FABberz, aunque dichos diseños no podrán fabricarse todavía...esperamos poder añadir este servicio lo más pronto posible!

Animamos tanto a estudiantes como diseñadores profesionales a convertirse en un FABber hoy mismo y abrir sus diseños e ideas al mundo. Puedes empezar a probar tus diseños que están aún en proceso y empezar a comercializar los productos que están ya listos para ser fabricados! Si quieres saber más sobre como convertirte en un FABberz y unirte a nuestra comunidad , puedes encontrarnos en www.fabberz.com .

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.

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FROM THE SITE:

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:

EXTERIOR SECTION

FIRST PRIZE: RE-PURPOSE POLITICAL PLY Jason Griffiths

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

RUNNER UP: MUSCULAR SYNERGY Josiah Barnes and Pablo Rica

INTERIOR SECTION

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

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

RUNNER UP: ALLOTROPIC SYSTEM Nicholas Bruscia

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.
Website:http://www.kyleakoch.com
“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.

Website:http://www.kyleakoch.com

MAKE IT

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.

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CHANGE IT

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.

3d Printing, Digi-Fabrication, IaaC, Open Source [OS]

COCOON CHAIR

Cocoon Chair by Raquel Gallego and Nathaniel Velez cocoon

 

The Cocoon Chair is a place for getting involved in the work that needs to be done while getting ergonomic support for the body, creating a very comfortable place to seat and use a laptop computer. The person using the Cocoon Chair will be enclosed in a spherical surface with inner cuts designed parametrically to be customized to the dimensions and preferences of the user. The upper cut provide an inclined surface to ergonomically position a laptop in such a way that the keyboard is easily accessible and the screen will reside in front of the user.
Rhino provides an interface for the designer to represent the position in which the user will be seating while working on the desk using simple lines, and then evoke the Rhinoscript to generate the geometry around it. The final geometry, customized for each user, is intended to be manufactured in layers using the tools available at the FABLab BCN. Each version of the Coocon Chair can be manufactured using different materials, for example Foam, which can be milled in sections using a CNC. The assembled sections produce the final object which can be further customized by applying different colors and fabrics

 

The Cocoon Chair is a place for getting involved in the work that needs to be done while getting ergonomic support for the body, creating a very comfortable place to seat and use a laptop computer. The person using the Cocoon Chair will be enclosed in a spherical surface with inner cuts designed parametrically to be customized to the dimensions and preferences of the user. The upper cut provide an inclined surface to ergonomically position a laptop in such a way that the keyboard is easily accessible and the screen will reside in front of the user.

Rhino provides an interface for the designer to represent the position in which the user will be seating while working on the desk using simple lines, and then evoke the Rhinoscript to generate the geometry around it. The final geometry, customized for each user, is intended to be manufactured in layers using the tools available at the FABLab BCN. Each version of the Coocon Chair can be manufactured using different materials, for example Foam, which can be milled in sections using a CNC. The assembled sections produce the final object which can be further customized by applying different colors and fabrics.

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CNC Milling, Digi-Fabrication, IaaC, Open Source [OS]

Ice Jelly

Ice Jelly by Maria Koutsari, Raquel Gallego and Nathaniel Velez

Design: For the milling project the team explored creating a tile shaped by defining a 3D trajectory for the machine to fallow.  By using the milling as an egravement tool the tile was given a surface which both showed fragments of a curvilinear surface and a pattern which can be connected with other similar tiles in order to create a complex and interesting design.  All lines forming the patterns in the tile share a similar border configuration in such a way that every side of the square can be connected with any other side and still keep a continuos profile.  In total, 6 different pattern configurations can be achieved by combining any 4 tiles.

 

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Optimizing Milling Time: During the process of designing the trajectory of the milling machine manufacturing time was taken into consideration.  The shape of the tile was though is such a way that the final shape could be achieved by using a single milling mode (engravement).  All pattern lines where connected in order for the machine to do all cuts using a single trajectory.  Because the softness of the foam being milled, it wasn’t necessary to do a rough cut, reducing even more manufacturing time.  As a result of these optimizations the milling time was short and ideal for mass manufacturing.

Material: For casting, experimentation was done with the process of freezing materials inside the mold.  The mold was made water proof using latex and silicone in such a way that is was possible to fill it with any liquid.  Gelatin and Water were chosen to experiment with this process, taking advantage of the rigidity of ice and the consistency on gelatin. The end result is a transparent colored iced sculpture showing a segments of a curved surface on a curved path.

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Digi-Fabrication, FABberz tools, Open Source [OS]

Degrees of Freedom

The telescopic joint structure that we developed allows for an overall increase in size of 200%.  This number can be augmented by adding overlapping members, creating an antenna-like mechanism.  After the development of two Grasshopper definitions which entail the length change of mass amounts of curves, the idea of creating a physical testing model arose.  We chose to concentrate on the physical development of the phylotaxis definition.  The ¨digital¨phylotaxis allows for a free range of movement in twenty different positions.  When we translated this into the physical realm, the most important aim was to demonstrate the ability of the structure to both change in size and collapse in on itself.  The model, which was constructed with acrylic rods and silicon tubing, can be seen in both the videos and images below.  The use of silicon joints between each telescope allowed us to maintain a large degree of flexibility, while at the same time securing the structure as a whole.degrees of freedom

 

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