Tuesday, July 20, 2010

And now for something made of Awesome.

This is the coolest thing I've seen in weeks.
SketchChair is a piece of software that takes the engineer out of engineering furniture. In a child's-dream-come-true you draw the outlines you'd like to have, add some legs, and the software pops out a design ready to be laser-cut.

From the web site:
The Sketch Chair software allows a novice users to take part in the entire process of designing and building their own chairs. Chairs are designed using a simple 2D sketch-based interface and design validation tools. Thereafter chairs are fabricated from sheet materials cut by a laser cutter, CNC milling machine or papercutters.

Free download of the beta software. You could easily get a full-size plotter to print out the pattern, stick it on some plywood and cut it on the band saw. These guys used a CAM router to zap out plywood pieces. Rapid prototyping with rocket boost!

The Phantom Prototype

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