Knowing that your valuables are securely locked away gives peace of mind, whether you are storing the jewellery inherited from your grandma or the secret plans to your Next Big Thing. Perhaps you just need to keep someone out of your private space, or to seal off the cupboard under the stairs from monsters that lurk in the dark.
Whatever the reason is, a lock and key can be handy indeed. So instead of heading down to your local hardware store to buy one, how about building a fully functional laser cut lock of your own?
This simple and clever design from Thingiverse user PArtzzles will prevent prying fingers from finding their way into your box of treasures. The design for the laser cut lock was worked out on Inkscape, and files are available to download so that you can make a version of your own at your favorite laser cutting service. Some makers might like to adapt the lock to further boost its security credibility to a level that will stop thieves in their tracks. Well… that’s the idea, at least!
Seriously, it’s not just flooring material. Bamboo, either in laminate form or as plywood has been a popular material choice in interior finishes since the 90’s. The sustainable growing and harvesting reputation has aided bamboo’s popularity, and it’s now featured more and more in product design.
The wood products’ prominent grain and warm hues make it stand out from a myriad of other plywoods and timber laminates. Bamboo also laser cuts beautifully and is one of the most popular material choices in Ponoko US and NZ. Both hubs offer different thicknesses of bamboo in plywood and natural laminate form.
Get a whole lot of bamboo inspiration after the jump:
Plus make-your-own Kid Stuff with FREE filesGot kids? Know someone who does? There are always some running about, squealing, getting in the way and demanding treats. At least that’s what I hear. So what can you do? You can 1) ignore them, 2) tell them to get back in their cupboard, 3) buy them something plastic from the nearest department store, 4) buy them something that didn’t get assembled by their peers in a third world country somewhere, 5) make them something yourself. The good news is that we can help with the last two.
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.
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.
Plus make-your-own spooky shakers and a mask!Welcome to the new monthly feature of Personal Factory Projects! Every feature will have a theme and showcase various themed products by Personal Factory users. To add to the excitement, every theme will include a MIY project with a free file for download from the Ponoko showroom! We know how much you love free stuff.
It’s not really Halloween without monsters, ghosts and dress-ups. Below are Hopeful Monster table lamp from Random Design Walk Lab, Spooky Ghost buttons from Chromatophobic, Love Devil necklace from Mariska and a moustachioed neckwarmer from Haha Bird. The latter will look superb with a top hat, and you can wear it for the rest of the winter.FabBlab are clearly very enthusiastic about the upcoming ghoul fest. They’ve designed a set of really quirky 3D printed Glazed Ceramic salt and pepper shakers, and you can download the files for those designs for free. And if you’re stuck for dress-up ideas, you can’t go wrong with a superhero costume. No respectable superhero costume is complete without a mask, and you can grab a free file for one from the showroom.