Laser cut microcosmos

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #122

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

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Above is a laser cut acrylic bumble bee necklace from Richardson & Richardson.

After the jump, a diving helmet, a frogs on a plate, a table, and a business card… (more…)

Laser cut fashionistas

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #117

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Above laser cut mdf T-shirt from Pauline Marcombe via Dezeen.

After the jump, hands, collars, and inverted disco balls… (more…)

Parametric voronoi bookshelf

An experiment in interactive generative design

Voronoi shelf

Inspired by the likes of Nervous System, Alan Rorie of Hero Design has created a generative software bookshelf application with Processing based on the voronoi pattern algorithm. The software allows users to determine variables such as overall size, shape and depth and then automatically generates the appropriate 3D geometry which can also be flattened and saved as a PDF in 2D for cutting out via the selected production process i.e. laser/waterjet cutting or CNC routing.generative (more…)

Laser cut living things

he Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #64

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

Above is a laser cut paper work from Nervous System.

After the jump, a pig, a dachshund, barnacles, a way to display business cards. (more…)

The ten coolest things done with laser-cutting in 2011!

Best of the Blog 2011 – Laser Cutting

I knew it was going to be tough when I picked the Laser Cutting category to pick the best posts from, but wow – there really were a lot of amazing stories in 2011 to choose from.

These are my favourites from last year, but if you think that I’ve missed a critical project, please mention it in the comments below!

1. The most advanced peanut butter and jelly sandwich yet

LASER SANDWICH

This is also #1 in my “favourite headlines of 2011″ category. Dr. Thomas Modeen used a laser cutter to engineer a perfect food experience, distributing pockets of PB & J into even, calculated bites.

If I am ever a wealthy man, there will be a laser cutter in my kitchen. Be sure to read through to the source for a video of the laser in action!

Read: The most advanced peanut butter and jelly sandwich yet

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Ten intriguing Functional Art & Objects from 2011

Best of the Blog 2011 – Functional Art & Objects

Whether it’s laser cutting, 3D printing, or simply craftsmanship at its finest, there has been much to be amazed and inspired by here on the Ponoko blog over the past calendar year. We’ve gathered together (in no particular order) ten noteworthy Functional Art & Objects posts from 2011.

1. Exploring the technical and aesthetic potential of 3D ceramic printing

Professor John Balistreri from BGSU talks through this groundbreaking research project, demonstrating the ability of 3D printing to create complex ceramic forms that are impossible to produce using traditional techniques. Amongst other things, you can check out how they are duplicating handmade objects by incorporating the use of a 3D scanner.

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Generative laser cut puzzle

A unique puzzle from Nervous System

This unusually intricate laser cut wooden puzzle by Nervous System is unique in the truest sense. It was designed using generative techniques through Processing, so every single piece is unique and every puzzle made this way would be unique. If two or ten puzzles were made, no two pieces in any of the puzzles would be exactly the same.

This puzzle appears to be an experiment for an upcoming product. I can’t wait to see what kind of image they put on it.

Via Flickr

Design and 3D print your own glasses!

Who needs laser eye surgery when there’s a new startup with custom 3D print glass frame service?

3d print oyo glasses

Glasses are, if nothing else, a geek status symbol – definitive proof that you’ve done enough all-nighters staring into textbooks, crafting code or generating geometry on computer screens to have blured your vision permanently. Anyone who’s spent time at the optometrist will know it’s tough to select the perfect pair of frames… Fortunately OYO’s 3d print app is set to appear in the cloud soon for a private beta test programme. (more…)

APIs in manufacturing

Developers’ important role in the mass customization future!
App gateway

Programmable web has an interesting article on the role of APIs (or Application Programmable Interfaces) have and will increasingly have in 3D print and manufacturing.

APIs are key to efficiently enabling an easy way for makers to allow customers to personalise their product and allow them to feel part of the product development cycle.

For the non-technical an API is like a foundation to help programmers to build their creations upon. (more…)

Free jewelry design files for 3D printing from Nervous System

Nervous System uploads discontinued jewelry designs to Thingiverse

If you’re a regular to the blog, by now you’ve heard of Nervous System and their wildly successful range of science-y accessories.

The Nervous designers have decided to discontinue some bracelet designs from their Cell Cycle line, which btw are inspired by undersea radiolarian.

But instead of letting those bracelets go extinct or become mere fossils on the ocean floor, Nervous System has posted the digital design files at Thingiverse.

This is super awesome news for Ponoko fans. It means you can download the bracelets from Thingiverse and have them 3D printed with your Personal Factory.

So far they’ve added three different bracelets:

The Diagrid bracelet features an outer layer design of cellular shapes at an angle and an inner layer similar to a honeycomb.

The Regular bracelet uses the honeycomb design throughout, creating an interesting almost-moiré effect.

And my favorite, the Subdivision bracelet, looks like protozoan lace.

Note: If you want to have these designs 3D printed with us, please note the material restrictions below:
• Diagrid — Durable Plastic, Superfine Plastic, Rainbow Ceramic
• Regular — Durable Plastic, Superfine Plastic
• Subdivision — Durable Plastic, Superfine Plastic