January 18, 2012
Magnet carriers for custom Magna-Doodle / Doodle-Pro stamps for the Boston Children’s Museum. Made from Corian, these will be inlaid with neodymium magnet strips and then secured to a wooden handle for an exhibit opening next weekend.

Magnet carriers for custom Magna-Doodle / Doodle-Pro stamps for the Boston Children’s Museum. Made from Corian, these will be inlaid with neodymium magnet strips and then secured to a wooden handle for an exhibit opening next weekend.

CNC cutting in black latex rubber for artist Birgit Rathsmann. Rubber is NOT fun stuff to machine - In fact, most of the time, rubber is machined abrasively - But we found a tool that works on the CNC router and got surprisingly good results, especially considering the material. As for the graphics - It’s part of the equation used to describe the dual nature of light as a particle and wave. Yep - Us nerds always manage to find each other somehow.

CNC cutting in black latex rubber for artist Birgit Rathsmann. Rubber is NOT fun stuff to machine - In fact, most of the time, rubber is machined abrasively - But we found a tool that works on the CNC router and got surprisingly good results, especially considering the material. As for the graphics - It’s part of the equation used to describe the dual nature of light as a particle and wave. Yep - Us nerds always manage to find each other somehow.

January 17, 2012
Lightning bolts carved in to an 4” x 5” aluminum plate for artist Lisa Oppenheim. Lisa is going to make some neat Kirlian photography pieces from actual photos by converting them in to physical objects on the CNC. Very cool stuff, and I’m not saying this just because it involves high voltage.

Lightning bolts carved in to an 4” x 5” aluminum plate for artist Lisa Oppenheim. Lisa is going to make some neat Kirlian photography pieces from actual photos by converting them in to physical objects on the CNC. Very cool stuff, and I’m not saying this just because it involves high voltage.

January 16, 2012

In honor of my 10,000th follower, I present to you the amazing anti-gravity dog chewed volleyball. Oddly enough, the dog really isn’t too concerned or confused by the strange hovering orb.

Actually, this is weekend fun - firing up the new giant vacuum pump for the router hold down table and using it for nothing more than our (and the dog’s) amusement….making disgusting, badly chewed and slobber covered volleyballs float above the outlet nozzle. Good times. 

January 13, 2012

So this is an exciting thing that happened just outside the shop - Just so you know, it’s windy as all hell today here in the five boroughs, so windy in fact that this billboard right down the street caught the breeze and blew over ON to the BQE and then on to Meeker Ave. Kinda caused a hell of a mess - Apparently, nobody was hurt. 

January 9, 2012

So here’s the cobra, fresh of the CNC router for Scott Campbell. Scott and his crew will pack it with flammable stuff and set it off in a controlled environment to produce some pretty cool and unique art. What’s your power animal?  (files from Adobe Illustrator)

Getting back to it, cutting more weather vanes from plywood on the CNC router. Files were from simple black and white ink drawings on honest-to-god real paper by the Tasmanian tiger himself, artist Garry Nichols. 

Getting back to it, cutting more weather vanes from plywood on the CNC router. Files were from simple black and white ink drawings on honest-to-god real paper by the Tasmanian tiger himself, artist Garry Nichols

January 8, 2012
Steady as she goes! This roller is part of a giant sanding machine, and is probably about the largest part we’ve ever had on the lathe… The tail stock was hanging out over the end of the machine practically. For the non-machinist types, that means that it was sort of like having to ride in the car with the fishing rods sticking out the window. Anyway, what we were doing here was cleaning up and drilling and reaming the end of this roller to accept a dowel pin, which would then mate up to the broken off end of the drive shaft, and then the they were going to take it back to their shop and braze (hopefully) or weld it back together. You might notice another accessory on the lathe in this picture. Its the big ring thing with the screws in it that goes around the end of the roller. It’s called a Steady Rest and it’s adjustable and acts as a bearing surface at the end of a long piece to keep it…steady. You don’t run them terribly fast, and you definitely grease the surface of the part and keep it cool. We got it all fitted together here at the shop - Hopefully the brazing or welding went well too.

Steady as she goes! This roller is part of a giant sanding machine, and is probably about the largest part we’ve ever had on the lathe… The tail stock was hanging out over the end of the machine practically. For the non-machinist types, that means that it was sort of like having to ride in the car with the fishing rods sticking out the window. Anyway, what we were doing here was cleaning up and drilling and reaming the end of this roller to accept a dowel pin, which would then mate up to the broken off end of the drive shaft, and then the they were going to take it back to their shop and braze (hopefully) or weld it back together. You might notice another accessory on the lathe in this picture. Its the big ring thing with the screws in it that goes around the end of the roller. It’s called a Steady Rest and it’s adjustable and acts as a bearing surface at the end of a long piece to keep it…steady. You don’t run them terribly fast, and you definitely grease the surface of the part and keep it cool. We got it all fitted together here at the shop - Hopefully the brazing or welding went well too.

January 6, 2012
Uh oh! An Adafruit MCP73833 LiPoly charger… Apparently it was reworked a few times at the factory. the USB connector wasn’t properly aligned or even connected on two of the five leads, and the chip was a bit of a mess, but seemed to be OK….so I repaired the USB connection, and the red light came on, so that was all great until I connected the battery, and POOF! Oh well… apparently something else was going on too. Anyway, the other unit was fine, and I expect that they’ll be good sports about getting me a good one.  
UPDATE: As predicted, Adafruit was awesome and they’re getting a new one to me.

Uh oh! An Adafruit MCP73833 LiPoly charger… Apparently it was reworked a few times at the factory. the USB connector wasn’t properly aligned or even connected on two of the five leads, and the chip was a bit of a mess, but seemed to be OK….so I repaired the USB connection, and the red light came on, so that was all great until I connected the battery, and POOF! Oh well… apparently something else was going on too. Anyway, the other unit was fine, and I expect that they’ll be good sports about getting me a good one.  

UPDATE: As predicted, Adafruit was awesome and they’re getting a new one to me.

January 5, 2012
Another iPad holding device - this time for an art installation. Sticking an iPad on a wall all by itself in a gallery probably won’t cut it. This is a slick arctic white Corian sheet, cut on the CNC router and redesigned and improved from previous versions to address issues like button pressing and mounting difficulties, and completely and seamlessly encapsulates the iPad so it can more easily be integrated in to the exhibit. For artist Lucy Pullen. The item in the video is a spark chamber, used to detect cosmic rays. It really does work. And Lucy really did make it. 

Another iPad holding device - this time for an art installation. Sticking an iPad on a wall all by itself in a gallery probably won’t cut it. This is a slick arctic white Corian sheet, cut on the CNC router and redesigned and improved from previous versions to address issues like button pressing and mounting difficulties, and completely and seamlessly encapsulates the iPad so it can more easily be integrated in to the exhibit. For artist Lucy Pullen. The item in the video is a spark chamber, used to detect cosmic rays. It really does work. And Lucy really did make it. 

The “PE Walker” for a client - He wanted a more appropriate piece of assistive technology for his mother, and a classic “walker” just wasn’t appropriate, so he designed it, and we made it. 

The “PE Walker” for a client - He wanted a more appropriate piece of assistive technology for his mother, and a classic “walker” just wasn’t appropriate, so he designed it, and we made it. 

January 4, 2012

Scott Campbell -"Strike Anywhere" from colin devin moore on Vimeo.

FIRE IN THE HOLE!!

OK - So as promised, snakes on a router… except they haven’t burned the Cobra yet….or any of the other ones that we routed here… But here’s another (a NāgaI think) from earlier this year, and as promised it’s awesome ….. and when the cobra DOES ez-plode, I’ll do my best to make sure everybody sees it. 

(Source: scottcampbelltattoo)

rushdesign:

This is approximately half of a soldering jig built for the assembly of the big lighting project we are doing for Studio1Thousand. Can’t really divulge more about the project until it is public, but suffice it to say that these jigs will really come in handy while soldering up the nearly 10,000 LEDs…

rushdesign:

This is approximately half of a soldering jig built for the assembly of the big lighting project we are doing for Studio1Thousand. Can’t really divulge more about the project until it is public, but suffice it to say that these jigs will really come in handy while soldering up the nearly 10,000 LEDs…

January 2, 2012
Such a great use for drops from the CNC router!
penicilling:

M.L.P. 3 (My little project #3), 2011.  A piece of wood transformed into pop art for the house.
Thank you Kontraptionist Labs for giving me the time, space and materials, without which, this would not have been likely.

Such a great use for drops from the CNC router!

penicilling:

M.L.P. 3 (My little project #3), 2011.  A piece of wood transformed into pop art for the house.

Thank you Kontraptionist Labs for giving me the time, space and materials, without which, this would not have been likely.

(Source: intellichiste)

Yeah this was pretty neat.
rushdesign:

We didn’t make this, but we totally could have, and it was super-cool.
This is the wall in the lobby of the place we went to pick up the new wildly over-powered vacuum pump for the CNC router’s vacuum table today (in the flower district, oddly enough- 145 W28th St. in Manhattan). What you are looking at is dozens of pieces of edge-grain plywood, cut and then laminated together to approximate ripples in water. The photo probably doesn’t do it justice- it looks amazing in person.

Yeah this was pretty neat.

rushdesign:

We didn’t make this, but we totally could have, and it was super-cool.

This is the wall in the lobby of the place we went to pick up the new wildly over-powered vacuum pump for the CNC router’s vacuum table today (in the flower district, oddly enough- 145 W28th St. in Manhattan). What you are looking at is dozens of pieces of edge-grain plywood, cut and then laminated together to approximate ripples in water. The photo probably doesn’t do it justice- it looks amazing in person.