Want to see the cool things David Pogue, technology columnist for Yahoo Tech, CBS News, and Scientific American, did on his recent visit to NextFab?
Watch this short video by Kurtis Sensenig for a glimpse of the fun we had.
We used a 3D scanner to scan David's face and create a 3D computer file. Then, we incorporated a digital CNC, which means computer numerical control, system. Our ShopBot, which is a CNC router, carved out a replica of his visage from high-density foam. The same 3D file was used to create a 3D printed model of his face!
After two years of exhibitions, American Medium is opening a permanent Gallery and Production House in Brooklyn, NY. And they need your help!
Here are our Weekly Staff Picks for this week. We hope you enjoy them.
Solidsmack Multicolor FDM! - Alex
GrabCad How good are you at telling real photos apart from renders? - Alex
Tormach 2D scanning with a USB camera attached to a CNC mill. - Alex
Wired Conjuring Truly Random Numbers Just Got Easier. - Gregg
Slate Scientists have solved the Pioneer Space Probe Mystery. - Gregg
Here are our Staff Picks for this week. CNC woodworking, art and robotics merge, 3D printing, metal casting and laser cutting fill this week’s picks. We hope you’ll enjoy them.
Wood Joinery Notebook Very interesting article about CNC wood joinery. - Gregg
The Art of Curve Folding and Robotic Manufacturing Two robot arms working together to fold sheet metal to make a very cool wall facade. - Alex
Portable 3D Printer This kickstarter is for a 3D printer with a 100mm ^3 build envelope. The designer has proved that he can successfully print 10 micron thick layers in PLA, although the machine can increment its z-height in 0.4 micron steps. Another useful feature is the fast print head motion (it’s capable of 300mm/sec). - Alex
Metal Molding in the South of Brazil Interesting story about various types of metal casting in the southern region of Brazil. - Yulia
The Lasersaur is an open source laser cutter. - Alex
Here are our Staff Picks for this April Fool’s Day. We hope you enjoy them.
Heavy Equipment Playground Hey, kinda reminds me of us. - Carter
NoLab Super 8 Digital Video Cartridge “The Kodak Super 8 system is a brilliant film format that inspired thousands of wonderfully well made Super 8 cinema cameras. Unfortunately, the proprietary film cartridges are no longer in production and existing supplies are quickly diminishing…Give new life to your Super 8 camera with the Nolab Digital Super 8 Cartridge. Shoot 720p HD video with any Super 8 camera.” - Alex
Shake Shack Philly Unveils Wall of Green “…the Union Square Hospitality Group has erected a living “wall of green” filled with planters containing lush foliage until the construction ends later this summer” - Alex
Motorcycle drifting vs Automobile Drifting Video Lots of tire smoke. Pretty amazing vehicular control. - Adam
Two Photon Polymerisation Miniature, High Speed 3D printing. - Brandon
Urban Nomads Portable emergency housing, cooking, camping, medical and event structures, trailers and cases. Very interesting. In German, though the info section has an English translation. - Rachel
- A fungus was recently discovered in the amazon which can anaerobically break down polyurethane. -Alex
3D Printed Alphabet Project “For each of the letters ‘A’ through ‘Z’, the designers selected a typeface beginning with that character, which is used in the sculptural work. Each piece encapsulates a bit of the history of the typeface: the ‘J’ adopts the form of a metro system map, because its fontface ‘johnston’ was originally designed for the london underground; the ‘C’ is composed of ‘courier’ typewriter keys, used in 1950s typewriters. For the project we used two of our in house printers to complete the project which include a dimensions Uprint and a ZCorp 450. Both machines have similar build volumes with the UPrint creating the parts in ABS and the ZCorp in their powder-based material.” -Alex
Here are out Picks for this week. Open Source, CNC, 3D Printing and Music are our topics this week. We hope you enjoy them!
Ceramic Rapid Prototyping at BGSU This may be old news to everyone else, but I’d never seen 3-D printing of ceramic material and was really impressed.- Diana
24/192 Music Downloads “A great article on sampling and digital music for the newbie to established audiophile, and even those who do any sort of analogue to digital data acquisition.” - Seth
Firewire Surfboards From Jim Wright: “They have an interactive website where a user can input their personal desired board dimensions. The website then designs the board (using Siemens NX). With credit card info, the order passes to a CNC machine, where the board is shaped with automatically-created tool paths. It’s seriously cool stuff. ShapeLogic created the custom interface for the website and API for NX.”- Alex
Haas Automation produces its 125,000th CNC machine. “Today’s VF-1 is easily 10 times the machine as its 1988 namesake, yet its base price is only $45,995, or about $24,190 in 1988 dollars. The VF-1 still has travels of 20” x 16” x 20”, but now features a 30-hp (peak) spindle with a high-performance vector drive, speeds to 8100 rpm standard, brushless servos on all axes, 1000-ipm rapids, a 20-tool ATC, and the Haas control, which now features 1 MB of program memory (8 times the 1988 figure) and provides processing speeds up to 1000 blocks per second (or 50 times faster than in 1988). And that’s the base model machine.” - Alex
Open3PD Open Source not so open? - Brandon
Thank you everyone who attended the ShopBot Class on Saturday. It was a great turn out. The class was full!! I hope everyone had as much fun as I did.
Taught by our ShopBot Master Lewis Colburn. He talks a lot with his hands.
In this class, the students get hands-on training on how to operate the ShopBot (CNC router).
As a part of the training, you get to run the machine to cut out some cool shapes using the ShopBot.
I guess everyone passed the test. I hope you all come back soon to use the ShopBot for your own project!!!
February 12 Links
Our Staff Picks for this week are a varied group. Woodworking, CNC Milling, Design, Nanostructures and art are once again part of our interests. We hope you enjoy them and get you thinking.
Eulitha Nanostructures Off the shelf nanostructures from Swiss company Eulitha - they ship from a tiny little warehouse. - Evan
iModela Roland has expanded their minature CNC mill line, perfect for jewelry and small prototype production. - Seth
Quickwood Takes the pain out of sanding. These guys also make CNC Sanders. - Carter
A Brief Rant about Design This is a site about design. - Brandon
Crazy Dutch artist mixes iron filings with resins, uses magnets to influence the shape of the object as the resin cures. Very cool stuff. - Alex