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Steelborn Choppers: Waterjet-Cut Brake Rotors

Posted by Christine

Sep 30, 2014 2:55:00 PM

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Steelborn Choppers makes motorcycles. Glorious, hand-built, one-of-a-kind motorcycles. Operating out of Brooklyn, NY, the company gives intense attention to details of each bike:

Steelborn Choppers are rolling metal creations powered by American V twin engines.
Hours of dedication are spent to design and then to precisely fabricate & refine each part.
Absolutely no compromises are made when it comes to quality and the length of time it takes for each build.
It's all "one part at a time, one bike at a time" with a "total hands-on" philosophy that goes into the craft of each individual custom bike. (via)

Topics: adobe-illustrator, 2d, waterjet, cad, 2012, nextfab, digital-fabrication, fabrication, custom-fabrication, choppers, Steelborn Choppers

More Classes

Posted by admin

Jul 18, 2011 2:30:00 PM

I have taken more classes.   I have taken the first part of the Trotec Laser Cutter/Engraver class, the first part of the TorchMate CNC Plasma Cutter class and the first part of the ShopBot class.   Each of these machines is a fantastic tool.  


All of these machines are software controlled so time is spent learning how to use the software.   Adobe Illustrator, which is available on our computers, can be used to create 2D engrave-able images for cutting out or engraving on the Trotec and TorchMate.  


In the Trotec Laser class, one of our members made a business card out of MDF particleboard and another engraved on a piece of plastic.   We were shown how to go through the process of setting up our files and how to set up the Trotec for different materials.   We were also told of the hazards associated with this machine and how to avoid crashing the bed into the laser.   There is a tray of sample materials to touch and look though with setting information.  


With the TorchMate we did not make anything, that is for the second class.   While we focused on the software, the instructor did demonstrate how to inspect the machine for wear and how to replace those parts as well as how to change the different pieces for different settings for different materials.


In the ShopBot class, after being shown how to use some features of the software, two of the members made engraved cutting boards.   The ShopBot now has a vacuum bed to hold work pieces in place and there is some experimentation going on with this.   It is being improved by our staff.   It’s very cool.  


I definitely have some ideas to put these tools to work.  

Topics: adobe-illustrator, laser-engraver, laser-etcher, torchmate, Uncategorized, shopbot, trotec, laser-cutter, plasma-cutter, cnc, illustrator

My First Software Class at NextFab

Posted by admin

Jun 29, 2011 10:36:54 PM

I took the Adobe Illustrator CS4 class today.   I really enjoyed it.   I have used much older versions of Illustrator and fooled around with Illustrator CS4 before but I never got up to speed with it.  


The class was small, just two students including myself.   One of us preferred Windows and I prefer Mac OS and the class was taught on both with each of us using our preferred platform.   We were taught quite a lot at a good pace with ample time for questions.   The instructor made it easy to get up and running and gave us a multi-page handout with what we were taught as a reference.   Our instructor was very knowledgeable and taught us many shortcuts for both Windows and Mac OS.   


Illustrator is very powerful and can be used for graphic design in print and on the web as well as making designs that the 2D CNC machines such as the Torchmate, the ShopBot and the Trotec Laser can use to do their magic.   And still, I am only touching on the flexibility of Adobe Illustrator CS4.  


As before, I found this to be a friendly atmosphere in which to learn with great resources.      

Topics: adobe-illustrator, Uncategorized, vector-based-drawing

    

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