So I found this rant the other day when I was surfing the web looking for posts about cnc routing, and I found it quite interesting. The Author, Ed Roman basically discusses the advantages (cost reduction) and disadvantages (loss of craftsmanship) to cnc routing guitars. http://www.edroman.com/rants/cncmachines.htm
My first big job, routing a huge wooden map of Mexico City, came when I still had a very small workspace across the street in betahaus. It was a regular day, I was just sitting around with not too much to do, and then Mariana Castillo Deball knocked on the door, and asked me if I had time to do a project for her. This was a case of pure good luck, because Mariana lives right in the neighborhood, and because she had noticed my workshop, and that I had a CNC router. Most of the work I do, 85 to 95 percent, comes to me online, but there have been some important exceptions. The job that I would do for her for the Hamburger Bahnhof brought in more than a quarter of my earnings for that year, and because it was my first year, it literally saved my ass, financially speaking. [Read more…]
When starting a project for a CNC router, the design may seem daunting at first. It is not obvious that most CNC projects are simple in their design. It often isn’t necessary, for instance, to have a 3D model of the project. This is because many of the operations a CNC router performs need only two dimensional paths. Take 3D lettering or engraving as an example. Although the object is three-dimensional, the paths required to make it are simple and only two dimensional.
It used to be that CAD software and other 3d design solutions were complicated and difficult to use without years of training. Today, however, the traditional forms of software are becoming easier to use and there are alternatives such as Google sketchup which allows users to intuitively design 3d models for free. The creation of physical objects from those models is also within the grasp of the average user today, thanks to 3d printing and other types of automated manufacturing. [Read more…]
I had been chasing this idea around in my brain for months and months, and then a client approached me (a young Australian, looking to furnish his cafe in friedrichshain with furniture he made himself) with a very similar design, and for me, that was the tipping point. Too often have I discovered that a design I have been “working on” has already been designed by someone else, and if the design is too similar, then I will be the copy cat, regardless of the fact that the idea originated in my head. [Read more…]