Dinosaur costume roams the streets
Meet Felix. As you can tell from his gentle gaze, Felix is a friendly dinosaur and he loves to head out for a leisurely stroll.
Originally conceived (and worn) by Lisa Glover while exploring Industrial Origami as a part of her university studies, this jaw-dropping laser cut cardboard costume deservedly won her first place at a Halloween costume party in 2013.
The response to her 15 foot long wearable creation was so overwhelmingly positive that Lisa decided she had no option but to share it around. So she set out to re-engineer the jurassic costume into a form that is more manageable, and which is now the focus of a successful Kickstarter campaign.
Eager, cashed-up backers can get their legs into a giant velociraptor suit of their own, but for the rest of us there are some neat smaller rewards on offer.
Arduino-based modification turns laser cutting into a hands-on affair
Imagine controlling a serious laser cutter with the dynamic ease of an Etch A Sketch. Having first toyed with the idea years ago, Just Add Sharks have finally followed through and attached a fully functional Etch A Sketch controller to their laser cutter. Talk about dreams coming true!
Complete with authentic twiddly knobs and retro-Etch styling (all laser cut, of course) the modification uses an Arduino Pro Mini to bypass the machine’s existing wiring.
Click through for a video of the controller in action, where you can see the different functionality of either Etch or Cut being demonstrated.
Ponoko-made pocket sized robots by Junichi Tsuneoka.
Junichi has been a graphic designer since 2002, creating vibrant character-driven illustrations for his company Stubborn Sideburn. In 2012, he was inspired to jump into making three dimensional art when one of his clients hired him to design their vinyl toys:
“When I first got the sample I really liked the idea of my design becoming a 3D form. I had been doing only flat print projects till then so it was very refreshing for me. I wanted to do more 3D projects to expand my design possibilities.”
Junichi experimented with several production methods ranging from soft vinyl, plastic mold and 3D printing before landing on laser wood cutting. “It’s very close to how I usually design graphics and print digitally” he explains, “yet there is a bit of crafting quality.”
His first robot figurine was meant to be more of a personal project rather than a product line, but after showing it around it became clear there was a lot of interest in the idea. “I got a lot of good feedback plus I really enjoyed making it,” he says, “so I decided to expand the project.”
Junichi used his Personal Factory to instantly price lots of design iterations while expanding his new product line:
“It’s very handy that you can see the price right away when you upload the file” he said, “it gives me a chance to modify the file so I can control the price really easily.”
By digitally prototyping with in this way, Junichi was able to control costs early so he could stay competitive at the retail level later on.
CHIBIPOCKET was inspired by the types of toys Junichi grew up carrying around in his pocket. ‘Chibi’ is a Japanese term for ‘short person’ or ‘small child’. In popular culture, chibi has mostly referred to characters with oversized heads and small bodies – similar to babies – to emphasize cuteness and child-like spirit. “My original concept of the whole product line is about my childhood memory.” he says, “So I decided to do pocketable art/toys.”
When I asked what initially drew him to Ponoko, Junichi explained that speed is key:
“When I work with individual laser cut service, I had to spend quite a bit of time giving instructions for custom jobs and communicating back and forth.” he explains. “That would cause errors and a lot of extra time to spend. I don’t have to experience that with Ponoko.”
Left to right: GZA, RZA, UGOD, Cappa Donna & Ghost Face
Junichi’s robots are available at CHIBIPOCKET.
Inspired to create your own product line? Make it with Ponoko!
Inventor Studios is hosting a pioneering new summer course for middle and high school students introducing them to 3D object design, digital scanning and 3D printing.
Held at the Head-Royce School in Oakland, 6 – 12 grade students will be getting first-hand experience with the printing process, as well as making 3D scans of real-life objects.
There are two openings available :
- 3D Printing Lab Instructors – capable 3D modelers with some teaching and/or mentoring experience
- 3D Printing Intern Instructors– capable 3D modelers with no previous teaching experience.
If this sounds like you, and you live in the SF Bay Area, download the job description for more information including course description, job responsibilities and how to apply.
Flying straight to your heart on Valentine’s Day
Did you make something special for a loved one this Valentine’s Day? For those with a laser cutter handy (that includes Ponoko users, too!) here is a cute little Laser Cut Cupid from Rob Ives that is sure to win over more than a few hearts.
All of the parts for this romantic automata are available for free over at Instructables and on Rob’s blog. Assembly is quite straightforward, and made even easier thanks to the detailed instructions provided. With the laser cut parts, some thin dowel, and wire from two paperclips, your Cupid will be flapping away in no time.
Turn the handle, and watch as the laser cut wooden gears work their magic.
There are also a few small neodymium magnets to keep the wings in place. Click through to see images of the laser cut parts and assembly process. (more…)
Dedicated dad creates laser etched block set for his newborn son
Ensuring that his son’s education starts off on the right path, Jonathan Guberman tinkered away for almost a year to create this fantastic set of wooden alphabet blocks.
Decorated with the things he and his wife are looking forward to sharing with their son, the collection contains 134 laser etched images and icons from some of their favourite movies, TV shows, books, video games and popular culture.
Across the 26 English letter and ten digit blocks, the featured decorations were selected to maintain an even gender balance. Having originally started with each letter showing one movie, character, game etc; it soon became clear that this would be too limiting and the selection process was broadened. Apparently cats were included at his wife’s insistence.
The hardest part was having to cut certain images because there wasn’t enough space; I guess it’s incentive to have another kid so I have an excuse to make another set.
There is a neat little breakdown of the development process and a few other insights over on Jonathan’s blog. You can also see the full list of iconic items, and it’s well worth heading to the flickr set that showcases each block in all its detail.
Regular readers may remember the rather clever Automatypewriter, another fun project from Jonathan.