CNC Router,Final Project — jbrieger @ 4:55 am


I CNC’d the jig, put in dowels, then wrapped thin aluminum strips to create pasta cutters.  I think the stop-motion captured the process pretty well.  I wasn’t able to get good filling, so I just made them as flat shapes.  Still turned out pretty tasty.



Buggy, Buggy, Buggy



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Lasercutting Single Piece 3D Acrylic Objects

Salut de Paris!

Day one of my conference just wrapped up, and while I don’t have a great CNC blog post, I saw a really cool new tech today that I want to try to reimplement at CMU (if I can convince Fran that is). Laser-Origami is a research project from a group in Potsdam that allows you to create single piece objects on a laser cutter with no manual assembly. Apparently CMU’s Mark Gross also consulted a bit on the project (he is mentioned in the acknowledgements on their paper)

Essentially, you intentionally defocus a lasercutter and run a bunch of passes of a piece of suspended acrylic. The join heats up, and bends down until it reaches a 90 degree angle. This allows the replacement of a lasercut finger joint for 90 degree bends. The technique can also be used to make layered platforms using spiral cuts, and far more complicated shapes and angles by attaching the material to a servo motor. It’s also EXTREMELY faster than 3d printing (obviously)


I picked up a copy of their paper and am probably going to attempt something similar next year after some long heart-to-hearts with DFAB people.  This was by far the coolest thing I saw today (out of a lot of pretty cool stuff).

Lasercutting Textiles Inspiration

I’m thinking about lasercutting and paper/origami for wearables use, so here are some images along that vein

A friend of mine (Alex Wolfe) did a big project last year with laser-cut origami wearables that I really loved, and there are some really cool ways to lasercut perforations to fold paper along.

More on that project here: golancourses.net/2012spring/05/09/alex-wolfe-mahvish-nagda-waterbomb/

Lots more photos if you click more:


Leaves as Scales as Leaves

Still finishing documentation, need to take some pictures of them on a model.


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3D Scanning/Printing and the Flip/Flop

Uncategorized — Tags: , , — jbrieger @ 10:43 am

I read this article by Robin Sloan last Spring and really enjoyed it, and is SUPER on point as far as our next section (scanning and printing).  Robin Sloan is an writer, not an artist by trade, but he has done some interesting things digitally, such as being the first person ever to integrate twitter into a live TV broadcast (during the 2008 presidential campaign), or releasing a “tappable essay” as an ipad app.  I highly encourage you to read the article because it’s the bomb.com.  His work often comments on trends in digital and popular culture.


Quoteable quotes:

“the flip-flop (n.) the process of pushing a work of art or craft from the physical world to the digital world and back again—maybe more than once”

“It is probably the fate of most fruits of the flip-flop, indeed most works of art, in the early 21st century to end up as animated GIFs.”

John Brieger: Molding/Casting Inspiration

Uncategorized — Tags: , , — jbrieger @ 5:41 am

I’ve been working a lot recently with fashion and wearables as interactive performance, and right now I’m drawing inspiration from some molded/cast clothing.  Alexander McQueen and Jean-Paul Gaultier have done some great stuff with molding stiff fabrics and leather, as well as a few cast pieces.  (List of designers who have done molded pieces is pretty long, considering almost every leather piece is molded somehow).

I wanted to post up some work by one of my favorite designers, Iris Van Herpen, from her Spring/Summer ’11 collection, which was themed around the crystallization of water.  Most critics consider it her best work.  The collection features a lot of cast transparent resins, designed to look like exploding water frozen in time, as well as 3d printed pieces and a variety of really great uses of leather.


I can put up images of her work all day, but I think this is enough to give you a good general idea.  Also Google exists.

Her Website: www.irisvanherpen.com/

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