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

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.

December 29, 2011

Just bought like $400 worth of router bits… which would probably all fit in a cigarette box.

The next big thing coming this holiday season…move over Sammy Jackson, it’s "Snakes on a Robot!"
Yes it’s for a client, and just as soon as I get the video and their permission, I will post one of the coolest things you have ever seen, which will involve this snake. And pyrotechnics. (that means fire)

The next big thing coming this holiday season…move over Sammy Jackson, it’s "Snakes on a Robot!"

Yes it’s for a client, and just as soon as I get the video and their permission, I will post one of the coolest things you have ever seen, which will involve this snake. And pyrotechnics. (that means fire)

December 21, 2011
Mark Herschede of Haven Press checks out some lettering for his shop, as it’s being cut on the CNC router.

Mark Herschede of Haven Press checks out some lettering for his shop, as it’s being cut on the CNC router.

Guest artist. Also, note our very expensive cardboard storage bin and glowing first-aid kit.

Guest artist. Also, note our very expensive cardboard storage bin and glowing first-aid kit.

December 20, 2011

Creme brûlée the hard way.

Start with some aluminum plate, design something in Solidworks, and CNC a bunch of holes, tap some of them, and add fasteners to make for some legs. Next, cut the tops of half a hundred eggs, separate the innards to yolk and white, and make a custard. Now wash and clean half a hundred egg shells. Fill with the uncooked custard, and put them in a water bath and the oven at 325 for about a half hour. Chill overnight. Get drunk on top shelf booze at your own Christmas party. Sprinkle the tops with sugar, and attempt to set them on fire, but give up and move on to the next one when the sugar becomes fully melted and slightly caramelized. Be very animated about this process. Make your hungry friends VERY happy.

(Final photo by Grammar)

Jon just made these on the CNC… And an apiarist is one who keeps bees, just so you know.  Jon also keeps bees.
rushdesign:

Here’s a nice pile of aluminum widgets I cut today on the CNC milling machine. These are for artist Lucy Pullen, though these are not for her artwork, per se. In addition to her artistic talents, Lucy is also an avid apiarist. These pieces are part of a system she has developed to help her make hand-dipped beeswax candles. “A nice mix of high- and low-tech”, as she put it.

Jon just made these on the CNC… And an apiarist is one who keeps bees, just so you know.  Jon also keeps bees.

rushdesign:

Here’s a nice pile of aluminum widgets I cut today on the CNC milling machine. These are for artist Lucy Pullen, though these are not for her artwork, per se. In addition to her artistic talents, Lucy is also an avid apiarist. These pieces are part of a system she has developed to help her make hand-dipped beeswax candles. “A nice mix of high- and low-tech”, as she put it.

December 19, 2011

A set of tile designs engraved with the CNC router in to a sheet of MDF for artist Liset Castillo.

Liset makes some pretty amazing stuff (link) and it seems to run in the family.