Toolmaking and Pantorouters

Artists,Theory — Justin Lin @ 7:29 pm

Stumbled on this guy who makes really elaborate jigs and uses shop tools in a high-precision-meets-resourceful-boy-scout fashion. None of it is digital fabrication, but I think its informative to know how people make do without CNC routers by rethinking everyday hobbyshop tools.

He made a pantorouter, which is a pantograph that moves  a router bit instead of a pen/pencil. He designed it with the purpose of cutting gears in wood, but realized it also makes fantastic mortise/tenons and integral dowels.

3D Scanning Technique

Medical imaging technologies such as the CT and MRI create sets of 2D slices. There are various ways to reconstruct these 2D slices into 3D models. Generally each of these slices were taken at a known distance apart. Imaging software can create   a simple 3D structure by placing each of these images that known distance apart in 3D space and thereby create a 3D model out of 2D images. This model can be further analyzed by doing a “volume rendering” in which internal objects with different grey scale values are separated into different 3D components.

The following is an image of a 3D model of the brain and eyeballs created in a free software called OsiriX:

Source for image and information:

I think this technic is interesting because it represents the internal rather than producing an empty shell of the surface of the object.

I also came across the artist Marlene Oliver  who works almost exclusively in 3D medical imaging technologies.


@alexMallard —Kinect 3D scanning

Artists,Reference — arothera @ 2:46 pm

Dream Boats

Artists,Reference — hermanalan @ 6:50 pm

I found this concept boat made by Yacht Island Design firm.

It is not a reality but it is similar to the concept of creating dream projects and the idea that once we create them as dream projects, and actually create a prototype or a sketch or something tangible, they become closer to reality than if they just stay in our minds. I am posting below the link to Yatch Island Design concepts site which has 5 more pretty awesome boat designs.

Also, here is the link in Yahoo where I saw this:

Folding + Origami inspired design

Artists,Grasshopper,Laser Cutter,Rhino3D,Theory — Tags: , , , — Ali Momeni @ 6:28 pm


  • Cairo Patterns: transforms a surface into 4 or 5 sided Cairo Patterns
  • Paper Fold: models simple folding of a single plane of paper [look for “paperfold.ghx”]
  • Rigid Origami Folding: models the folding action of a strip of paper
  • Origami pyramid: models the folding action of a flat plane into a pyramid [look for “origamipyramid.ghx”]
  • Origami 4 point Star: fully models construction of a fourpoint star in Grasshopper [look for “Origami4PointStar.ghx”]
        The Grasshopper and Rhinoscript examples from class are here.





Human Bird Wings

Artists,Reference — hermanalan @ 4:29 pm

Most experts from computer graphics agree that this is probably a fake. I guess it probably is but I would really love it if it was not. Anyways, the video shows a man flying with a pair of wings inspired by the wings Leonardo Da Vinci sketched many years ago. Despite it probably being a fake, it is pretty poetic and inspirational. It would be interesting to see the actual possibility of building something like these wings and using them.

These guys make archi/structural things with sticky tape

Artists — Justin Lin @ 4:13 pm


Taken from Watch the video.



“Under their group moniker Numen, Industrial designers Sven Jonke, Christoph Katzler and Nikola Radeljković focus on experimental architecture and spatial installations, meanwhile concentrating on designing objects as their second alias For Use. The Croatian/Austrian collective might be best known for the huge accessible tape installations they realized in Melbourne, Berlin, Vienna, Frankfurt and Belgrade so far. We met Christoph Katzler in the Belgian town of Hasselt where he talked about the evolution of their true grids from ephemeral tape to permanent net (materialized in the Net Z33), the social aspect of their work as featured in Learn for Life: New Architecture for New Learning and why hell doesn’t need to be hot to give you an idea of infinity.”


Bert Simon

Artists,Laser Cutter,Reference — crecord @ 8:21 pm

I found this artist Bert Simon who does 3D paper sculptures of people by using a photograph as reference for a 3D model and then distorts the photo in accordance to the model. Thought it was an interesting project.

Xia Xiao Wan

Artists,Reference — mperim @ 4:24 pm



Xia Xiao Wan makes ethereal three dimensional sculptures by layering painted plexiglass.

Links from Facade Conference

Artists,Reference — Ali Momeni @ 12:12 am

Two delicious stacks of links about

Also don’t forget to return to the 8 Spruce building by Gehry Architects.  What window washing facilities they designed….

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