Hello there again!
Remember my Longboard-project? [Link here]
Well, in continuation of that project, I went to Happylab yesterday, with a roughly sketched file to CNC-mill the shape of a Longboard out of a ply of wood. I say “the shape of a Longboard” here on purpose, because the cut thing will not be useable as a longboard whatsoever. The thing ply I got is a 5mm thick 600×600 mm made from beech. That shit’s going to break quite rapidly (I guess) and it’s not the right length either, but it’s enough to experiment with it!
The goal of this project is quite the pragmatic one anyways: “Learn how to operate a CNC-Mill”. Mistakes are welcome and expected!
Even though it doesn’t have a lot to do with the “Maker-Movement” per se, I’d still like to talk about another quite amazing service.
Let’s take a look at the concept of shapeways.com for a second. The special thing (besides the whole 3D printing magic) is all the service around it. The company lets you upload a file and takes care of all the procurement, production, shop and logistics, which enables you to focus on the design only. Even if you do not want to sell your stuff, it is still a huge thing, because it gives you access to production techniques you wouldn’t have access to otherwise.
Shapeways does that for 3D printing, but last time we talked about the Vynil cutter and that you can create cool T-Shirts with it, so let’s take a short detour in that direction.
So who am I?
Well, I won’t tell you my real name but I’ll start by saying that I am an “economics and social sciences” student from the lovely city of Vienna and I love it (both).
Yeah… it is disappointing, I am not the real slim shady, sorry.
I’ve always been interested in technology (which is a nice way of saying I was quite the gamer) and I also tried programming a couple times, so I am a an intermediate retard on Adobe Illustrator, some programming (never really got further than programming tic tac toe), and some web design too.
Due to my interest in technology and social sciences, I’ve been reading quite some books lately, among them was a book called “Makers: The new industrial revolution”.
It is all about what the state of the art is for 3D printing and how this combined with new forms of financing, namely crowdfunding, could cause a big change in how we think of production and hardware goods.
So that made me want to try this thing out for myself and maybe be part of said “industrial revolution”.
So that’s what I’ll do here. Now. I guess.
It will be a “How to fail at making and have fun with it”. =)