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
Atomic Robotics was selected to participate in the open ended RedBull Creation 2012 challenge. The schedule was extremely accelerated and a video of the project needed to be uploaded by July 3rd. They pushed hard to pull together parts for a marathon weekend build at NextFab. Congratulations on a job well done!
The RedBull balloon sticker was made on our Roland VersaCamm.
Here are our links for this week. We hop you enjoy them. Happy Holidays from NextFab Studio!
Sketch Furniture Use motion capture to draw a piece of furniture and print it out. - WanTing
Sand Flea R/C car/robot that can jump 30 feet into the air. - Carter
Peter the Elephant Here is an elephant using a tablet. - Seth
Flexible Plastic eReader Display is about to be released in Europe. It’s about time. - Gregg
Edible Cookbook A cookbook whose pages are made from fresh pasta — the pages are imprinted with a lasagna recipe so the pages become the layers of the lasagna. - Alex
Here are this week’s Staff Picks. We hope you enjoy them.
Rapid Manufacturing Not everyone has access to a Selective Laser Sintering (SLS) machine (a type of 3D printer that uses a laser to melt plastic or metal powder to create a solid 3D object), but if you do, here is a guide published by 3D Systems (inventors and pioneers of SLS and Stereolithography [SLA]) on “Design for SLS” - basically how to design to take advantage of the capabilities of SLS relative to traditional processes (machining or molding). Offers great Design for Manufacturability (DFM) guidance that is applicable (with a grain of salt) to other additive processes. - Evan
Plastic Bottle House What really surprised me and made me want to share this is the fact that “Compacted sand inside a bottle is nearly 20 times stronger than bricks.” Maybe we should start saving our bottles at NextFab instead of recycling them… - Matt
Dan Pink on the surprising science of motivation Interesting talk in the theme of TED about motivation and incentives. Science knows one thing and businesses do another and that’s not good. - Ross
MIT Leg Lab is still some of the most awesome robotics work I’ve ever seen - check out the “Planar Biped” doing a running forward flip! - Evan
Here is another newsletter for those of us interested in RC, robotics, process design and automation. See it here. I’ve just been introduced to this one, but it looks good. There is a link on their page to subscribe if you wish.