Laser Cutting On Air!

Laser cut plant holder, merkaba, lipstick, sock blockers, and a statement (necklace)…

Above is a air plant holder. It is laser cut from wood – like Ponoko‘s own Birch Plywood – and comes for Tamale Grande Design.

After the jump, merkaba, lipstick, sock blockers, and a statement (necklace)… (more…)

Counting on Laser Cutting

Laser cut omer counter, a pavilon, and a bottle opener…

Above is an Omer counter, It is laser cut from hardboard and has a very clever “spring” which allows for the counting. It comes from Jo Kamm.

After the jump, a pavilon, and a bottle opener… (more…)

Laser cutting, clearly…

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #225

Hey, Sam here collecting the post from The Laser Cutter.

Above is a laser cut see through birdhouse designed by Joe Mansfield of engrave.

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After the jump, cheese, a cathedral, and a girl… (more…)

Laser cutting city limits

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #214

Hey, Sam here collecting the post from The Laser Cutter.

Above are laser cut aluminum Frederick Spires Cityscape from Shield Co.

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After the jump, hearts, dinosaurs, and a table… (more…)

MIT’s Silk Pavilion inspired by silkworm cocoons

Algorithmic design, digital fabrication, and silkworms work together to make a pavilion.

MIT MediaLab’s Mediated Matter group used inspiration from the cocoons of silkworms for the Silk Pavilion. Silkworm cocoons are made from one long, continuous silk thread. The pavilion uses the same approach, but with some high-tech help.

Awesome laser cut Castle Under Attack features working catapult & trebuchet

Ponoko-made project by Andrea Garuti

Andrea Garuti’s engineering skills earned him the grand prize in the GrabCAD/SolidSmack laser cut toy design competition.

His castle-under-attack toy model — complete with draw bridges, trebuchet, catapult, battleram, and a basilica — blew away all the judges.

Andrea’s inspiration came from the medieval history surrounding his home near Modena, Italy. “It’s not a strict reproduction of a real castle. I wanted to include as many medieval elements as I could,” he says.

As part of the prize, Ponoko sponsored free laser cutting for the winner. Andrea’s epic design required thirty-two P3 (about 31″x15″) size sheets. Rather than ship an entire castle battle over from the US, we worked with our friends Vectorealism, a laser cutting service based in Milan, to have Andrea’s design made closer to home.

The picture below of Andrea’s son standing behind the castle walls demonstrates just how big this toy is!


Transforming a shipping container into a huge 3D printer

The mobile 3D printer that can print a small room.

The Kamermaker, “room maker” in Dutch, is a project by DUS architects in collaboration with Ultimaker, Fablab Protospace, and Open Coop. It’s a scaled-up Ultimaker built inside of a converted shipping container standing on its end.

The shipping container was thoroughly remodeled by DUS into a beautiful, mirrored architectural pavilion. The printer has a build volume of 2 meters square and 3.5 meters high, so this particular pavilion has the capacity to print smaller pavilions.

Continue past the jump for more photos and videos.

3D printing custom houses in 20 hours

A new video from Contour Crafting.

We’ve been following the Contour Crafting project by Professor Behrokh Khoshnevis of the University of Southern California for awhile now. If you didn’t see our posts with their early prototype or their proposal to 3D print buildings on the moon, then I suggest starting with those.

This video is of a presentation Khoshnevis gave at a TEDx conference. It includes some videos and images of their newest large-scale prototypes as well as a wealth of information about where they expect this project to go.

It’s worth watching the entire presentation, but if you’re in a hurry the footage of the prototype in action starts at 6:45.

Via 3D Printing Event blog

Creating architecture from soil with Stone Spray 3D printer

A new twist on large scale 3D printing.

Anna Kulik, Inder Shergill and Petr Novikov from the University of Twente, the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia in Barcelona made the Stone Spray 3D printer under the guidance of tutors Marta Malé-Alemany, Jordi Portell, and Miquel Lloveras. It prints structures using sand an a binding agent on-site. The current prototype is only large enough for human-size objects, but the intention is to use the system to eventually print full-scale architecture.

This machine is a twist on large-scale 3D printing in a couple ways. One, it sprays the material out of a pressurized nozzle instead of laying down a paste or a liquid binder. This creates texture that reminds me of a termite mound. You’ll either love it or hate it. Two, the majority of the construction material could theoretically be found on-site. Only the binder would have to be brought in.

Michael Hansmeyer’s vision for algorithmic design

The theory and goals behind his incredible columns.

We previously mentioned Michael Hansmeyer’s spectacular CNC milled columns. To recap, the columns were designed using a subdivision process in Processing before being CNC milled from 2700 layers of 1mm ABS plastic. He recently gave a TED talk about these columns and, more broadly, his vision for designing with computer algorithms. Using this method allows us to create forms so complex that they cannot be drawn or even imagined.