In a stunning follow-up to his award-winning 360-degree laser cut book, Japanese architect Yusuke Oono has produced a Christmas-themed version just in time for the festive season.
This delicate, intricate artwork opens from a seemingly traditional book to form a 360 degree, 3d diorama within the pages. The original laser cut book deservedly won Oono the You Fab 2012 laser cutting contest in Tokyo and this next version is just as impressive.
To produce the paths for the laser cutter, CAD programs were used to create a 3D landscape that is then sliced by rotating the plane around a central point.
Indiegogo campaign spreads the word about DIY digital manufacturing
What exactly does it take to be crowned the king of CNC? Amongst those jostling for Regal top honors is the prolific and wildly enthusiastic Jon Cantin, a fellow you may recall as the guy behind WoodMarvels, now known as CNCKing.com.
Jon has launched an Indiegogo campaign to help make Volume 4 of his CNC book series available to a wider audience. It draws on many years of experience making children’s toys using the distributed manufacturing models offered by companies such as Ponoko.
This book contains all the knowledge I wish I had access to all those years back… if you want to learn how to design using a CNC table router or laser cutter, you must add this book to your library!
Beyond selling a few books, a broader goal of the campaign is to encourage more kids and educators to embrace the potential that CNC machines have to change peoples’ lives. Jon imagines a day when children ask Santa for a CNC machine so that they can build their own toys.
Learn more about the campaign and pledge your support at Indiegogo.
Drew Tetz is a professional yo-yoer who travels the country competing as part of the official Duncan Crew. When it’s not yo-yo time, he works as a graphic designer in Silver Spring, Maryland.
Drew has combined his design skills and yo-yo know-how to create a flatpack yo-yo with Ponoko. His design was a runner-up in the recent EvD lasercut toy design competition, and you can see him assemble and demo the yo-yo in the video below.
Keep track of the new year with this handsome lasercut Digits Calendar designed by Dave Rollins of Use Your Digits (and video game controller ornament fame). We’re giving away FIVE of these flatpack calendars to you!
How to enter:
Just leave a good tiding in the comments. What’s a tiding? We didn’t know; we had to look it up, and it’s news.
So yeah, just leave some good news in the comments. Like your son got all As and one B, you landed a new job, finally got a date, or you’re that person from Missouri that won the lottery . Whatever it is, if it’s good, tell us, and you might WIN!
Giveaway details: Only one comment/entry per person. Contest closes December 13. Five winners will be selected at random. Prize is $35 value.
Amazing toys in this laser cut design competition!
An impressive number of creative and thoughtful toys were tough competition for the seven judges including Ponoko CEO Dave ten Have of Solidsmack’s ‘Make Your Laser Cut Toy’ Challenge. It is clear that people went to a lot of effort with their toy designs with quite a few generating photo-realistic renders or actually getting them laser cut. Many of the entries also included well resolved mechanical components to aid moving parts. But the grand prize went to Andrea Garuti who created Castle attack, an expandable medieval village. (more…)
Save on your Christmas order with coupon code PPP3VO.
RazorLAB, our UK lasercutting parter, is offering a 20% discount on any lasercutting order before midnight December 24th. This offer applies for UK and international orders. Just be sure to get everything into one order, because it’s limited to one use per customer.
Use coupon code PPP3VO at checkout to redeem your savings.
Our 2012 Holiday Gift Guide features a range of jewelry, home decor, gadgets, and holiday goodies all made by our creative customers.
We’ve featured gifts to fit any budget, from $5 moustache earbud wraps to custom computers starting at $259. Whether you’re looking for something for a geek, biker, gamer, crafter, hostess, or girlie girl, we’ve got you covered.
Lu Davidson is the project coordinator behind the Inspiring Stories Trust of New Zealand, a charitable organization dedicated to telling the stories of New Zealanders who are taking action and leading change.
“Its been 9 months since we launched the Inspiring Stories National Film Competition, themed ‘Young Kiwis Making A Difference’.” Lu tells me. “This competition motivated young aspiring filmmakers to tell stories of incredible people doing awesome things in their communities and all over Aotearoa. I want to make the awards ceremony extra memorable for our young filmmaking winners.”
So Lu approached us about creating unique award trophies for each of the winners. “Josh at Ponoko suggested keeping it simple, using lasercutting with a single material. He also emphasized the importance of making a prototype.”