Showing posts with label laser. Show all posts
Showing posts with label laser. Show all posts

Friday, April 11, 2014

Shop class isn't what it used to be

Kent Winship modeling an Orca skull (KCAW photo/Robert Woolsey)
"This is not your grandfather's shop class." And John Neibergall, from Sherwood High School in Oregon, is out help others with that. Last month over spring break shop teachers convened in Sitka, Alaska, for a professional development class. Neibergall explained, "I'm helping some teachers and students get into digital design and fabrication."

So they spend three days drawing, scanning, printing, and just exploring the state-of-the-art technical tools in the shop lab.

Here at McNeel & Associates, we are particularly proud that we helped one of the teachers, Kent Winship of the UAF Bristol Bay / Dillingham campus. Self-taught in Rhino and struggling, he signed up with Bob Koll's online teacher training last November. Now Winship is a poster child of a top notch fab-lab.

KCAW, the Sitka public radio station, highlighted the class in their news.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

How to make a sci-fi film for $40,000

Wired Design interviewed Otto Stockmeier the day after he and Derek Van Gorder released their science fiction short film, C (299,792 km/s). Stockmeier discusses how their movie was made with limited resources, raising money on Kickstarter and using basic film making tools available to most everyone. 

Rhino was used for the modeling. When modeler Charles Adams came on board to build the spaceship, he started with the 3D Sketchup model used for the Kickstarter campaign. He rebuild it in Rhino, refined it and added more details. More important to the filmmakers was that with the Rhino model Charles was able to break the model down into pieces for a base kit of laser cut parts, generating accurate shapes for laser printing. 

Friday, January 4, 2013

Laser cutter art

'Don't look at me that way' wall art

Artist Nicole Aptekar uses Rhino and Grasshopper to create elaborate three dimensional art out of laser-cut paper and card stock.

The blog Coilhouse interviewed Nicole in November, before a gallery show. Nicole explained that she starts by designing the pieces in Rhino before cutting them with a laser and laying out the pieces, shaping and twisting the composition as she goes.

'Don't look at me that way' in Rhino

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

New RhinoFabLab in São Paulo, Brazil

Created by architects and designers, shopfront fab offers high quality digital design, modeling and fabrication services for architects, designers, artists, engineers and students. Our objective is to explore the possibilities of digital design and fabrication through various project stages, from smaller-scale prototypes to one-to-one scale components.  We offer a know-how in these techniques that has been researched and developed over the years on projects at all different scales. We have CNC router/mill technology for both 2D and 3D milling, laser cutter technology for 2D cutting and etching, and rapid-prototype machines for 3D prototype models. Before the fabrication process, we can help you develop your project through parametric design and accurate 3D modeling in Rhino.  Located in the city center of São Paulo, we promote an accessible and affordable urban-workshop strategy.

Beyond our service bureau, we offer educational workshops, including the intense 10-day workshop of the Architectural Association Brazil Visiting Schools program.

What is a RhinoFabLab?
RhinoFabLab™ (fabrication laboratory) is a small-scale digital workshop, certified by McNeel, with an array of Rhino and Rhino compatible software and computer controlled tools and training. These tools cover the various leading-edge industrial methods and materials needed to design, analyze, and fabricate almost anything.