Design resources that help you get started with laser cutting
The learning curve can be a steep one for some people when it comes to wrapping your head around digital manufacturing. Not only do you need to understand how to design for CNC, 3D printing or laser cutting; starting from scratch is daunting and design resources can be hard to come by.
In an attempt to de-mystify the process of digital manufacturing, Obrary takes inspiration from the changes enabled by the Open Source movement and has set up a resource supplying design files and code for anyone to use or improve on.
“Beyond improved sharing of design resources, new design approaches and engineering patterns are enabled”.
Users are encouraged to make their own tweaks to the designs, learning by trial and error in much the same way that made development for the Raspberry Pi so popular.
Have you ever wanted to build a cage gear mechanism? They’ve got one of those. How about an adding machine or even something simple like a robust shelving system… these are but a few of the designs that have been made freely avaliable to the Obrary community.
“…making, building, and collaborating, not because we have to, or because it’s research, but because it’s so fun.”
Already a digital maker? Tell us about other resources that were useful when you were just getting started, and how you’ve taken these skills and design adaptations into the Ponoko Personal Factory to turn them into reality in the comments below.
See more collaborative designs and handy resources at Obrary.
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