Sam’s CNC slot and tab furniture

Sam has been going to town on the CNC router making slot and tab furniture for everyone.  Here is the cool fast motion video of the cut for one pice.  I only wish the CNC was that fast.

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Laser cutter+colored paper + bulldog clips= pretty

new york NEW YORK

SOFTlab: is a site specific installation designed and produced by SOFTlab for the bridgegallery. The installation was designed to produce a complex environmental and spatial combination of six different colors. The piece is inverted spatialy; the color is mixed in the interior of the form leaving a vibrant interior that is back lit by the gallery. The interior of photo glossy ink jet printed paper is meant to look very precise finished, and smooth, while the exterior is textured with a field of binder clips used to hold the piece together. Rather than having a finished fa??ade or skin that hides the method of construction we chose to invert this relationship. The first thing viewers see is the method of fabrication and you discover the finished effects produced by the construction.

Viewers experience the interior through a series of portals designed to offer a specific glimpse into the piece starting from the front of the gallery. The installation was not only designed for the interior of the gallery but also responds to the street, drawing people in. The largest portal into the piece is attached to the front window of the gallery completely obscuring the interior of the gallery except for the glass door into the gallery. Viewers are invited to look into the colored interior only to enter the gallery and see an all white exterior textured in thousands of binder clips. It is this contrast that makes the portals into the piece so sensational. The installation is made of over 4000 laser cut panels of photo ink jet paper. Each panel is a unique shape and printed with a custom color. The panels are connected using a set of over 17,000 binder clips. The shape is reinforced using a series of custom acrylic rings. The overall form is hung from the ceiling of the gallery and attached to street facing window, completely suspended in the space without touching the ground.

Design Team: Michael Szivos, Jose Gonzalez, Carrie McKnelly, Elliot White, Tyler O???Rielley, Troy Zezula, Sean Madigan, Corey Kingston

Installation: Julia Schleppe, Andrew Manart, Simon Kristak, David Gonzalez, Andrew Chen, Anthony Buccellato, Laura Vincent, Michael House, Brandt Graves, Austin Smith, Andrew Sutton, Alan Tansey, Mac Glovinsky, Robin Jones

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How to Barrier Grid Optical Illusions @ponoko

Barrier Grid Optical Illusions

Create Your Own Mesmerising Illusions

Had enough of your mundane reality? How about spicing things up a bit with some simple home-made optical illusions.

We recently mentioned an infinity mirror how-to from Youtube illusion guru Brusspup. While a number of his clips caught my attention, there was one in particular that stood out ??? another how-to; this time explaining the mysteries of Barrier Grid Illusions. Watch the video above for a good snapshot of this optical novelty.

Following in the footsteps of Rufus Butler Seder, this effect is remarkably easy to achieve using the most basic of Photoshop skills and your own home printer.

What gets my mind ticking over though ??? is the thought of how this could be taken further with a bit of Ponoko etching and laser cutting. Just like Rufus has done in numerous public spaces, imagine creating dynamic optical features as installations and artworks??? or even incorporating these effects into your next laser-cut product!

Learn exactly how to create Barrier Grid Illusions of your own after the break.

More magic on YouTube from Brusspup.

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New installation at mass moca CNC Balls and Robots gotta see this one

Geometric Death Frequency 141 ??? CNC Balls and Robots

new sculpture at Mass MoCA

Artist Federico D??az is creating a black wave of mutilation with the help of some robots. A rendering of the wave is shown here crashing up against the courtyard walls of the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art and, once completed, will reach 20 feet high.

The structure comes from the manipulation of pixels in a photograph of the courtyard to a 3D shape. Each pixel is represented by a CNC-milled black ball, and robots are working to assemble 420,000 of them into the final sculpture.

Geometric Death Frequency???141 opens on 23 October 2010. One of the robots will be there too!

via FastCo Design

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Cool form(work) CNC bench@suckerpunch

Love the way used the texture of the old form work for support for this new bench.

form(work) bench

form(work) bench

Yale School of Architecture, critic Ben Pell, thanks to Joshua Rowley

suckerPUNCH: describe your project.   

melissa SHIN + william MUDGE : The Form(work) bench was inspired by the unique corduroy-textured concrete walls of Paul Rudolph???s Yale Art and Architecture Building. Each 1/2??? plywood profile fits precisely into the spacing of the wall???s texture (a nod to the original wooden concrete formwork) and articulates a sitting surface for two people. The surface emerges as a thickening of the wall???s sectional relationship between verticality and horizontality, and juxtaposes the roughness of the wall with the smoothness of NURBS surface geometry.

By locking into the texture of the concrete, the chair and the wall form an interesting symbiotic relationship, where the chair cannot function without the wall, and the wall is otherwise not engaged.

Each individual leg was flat profile milled in two pieces and biscuit joined to minimize material usage within the 4???x8??? CNC mill bed. The legs were joined to one another with wood spacers that follow the curvature of the form at key stress points.

sP: what or who influenced this project?

mS + wM: Paul Rudolph, Gunnar Asplund, Greg Lynn

sP: what were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?

mS + wM: Ernest Hemingway ???A Moveable Feast,??? The Books, Wilco, This American Life

sP: whose work is currently on your radar?

mS + wM: Greg Lynn FORM, Ball/Nogues, Gage/Clemenceau, Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, Gramazio & Kohler, Bearth & Deplazes, Herzog & de Meuron

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Zip tie installation Life Will Kill You by Sports

Zip ties never looked so good!

Life Will Kill You / Sports

?? Sports. Photographed by Justin Harris

Check out this temporary , entitled ???Life Will Kill You???, for the Revolve Clothing showroom in West Hollywood. For the , Molly Hunker and Gregory Corso of Sports used the standard zip tie to create a floating volume nestled below an existing soffit. The simplicity of the system highly contrasts the high fashion boutique clothing, which will be displayed in the space, as a way to show how the two extremes can compliment one another. ???The design is intended to explore the edge between aggression and elegance through material sensibility, overall form, and visual effect,??? explained the designers.

More images and more about the after the break.

?? Sports. Photographed by Justin Harris

With over 100,000 zip ties, the designers created a cloud-like volume where the exterior surface of the volume is an aggregation of longer, wider white zip ties while the interior is comprised of shorter and finer colored zip ties. The resulting bulging form offers ever-changing glimpses of blurred yet vivid color combinations as the zip ties layer on top of one another in the predominantly black and white store interior.

?? Sports. Photographed by Justin Harris

The , with is curvaceous nature and layered system, dramatically shapes the space and brings life to the showroom.

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Create 3D Models with Photoshop @shapeways @ponoko

Do not know a 3D program and want to 3d print? Know photoshop? Your all set then. See below.

Create 3D Models with Photoshop CS5 Extended

oh em gee

Repouss?? is a feature of Adobe Photoshop CS5 Extended that allows you to create solid 3D objects. CLICK HERE for a pretty amazing tutorial on generating a 3D model, exporting it as an OBJ file, and having it 3D printed.

This is huge for someone like myself who knows how to use the Adobe Suite but finds learning 3D software programs like AutoDesk, Rhino and Solidworks to be more than a little intimidating.

While I???ll still have to learn the basic concepts and thinking that goes into designing in 3D, knowing that my good friend Photoshop is always there is a big comfort.

Many of the Repouss?? tutorials out there focus on creating 3D type ??? which can easily be translated to any object, but I came across a two part video that focuses on making a 3D shape without using type. Check out Part 1 below.

via the Shapeways > Duann > Dan grapevine

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