Showing posts from 2012

Inventables, Shapeoko and science education!

The “unexpected properties” of many products available at Inventables are useful in communicating scientific principles and the process of inquiry into science.The Materials Research Laboratory at the University of California Santa Barbara hosted a science teacher workshop in spring of 2012 to present curriculum projectsdeveloped with local teachers.Inventables products relating to “wearable materials”, “photonic crystals” and “graphene” were highlighted as part of a “materials for inquiry” session.These products included temperature sensitive cloth, conductive textiles, suction cup tape, non-slip surface, super absorbent fibers, phase change materials, radiant light film, shape memory polymer and conductive paint! For more information and for lesson ideas visit:
Desktop manufacturing and "materials for inquiry":

Desktop manufacturing presents an outstanding opportunity to engage young scholars into scientific discove…

Renegade Holiday Market Highlights!

This weekend I was lucky enough to make it to the Renegade Holiday Market in Chicago. The biannual Renegade Craft Fairs are a great place to see what is trending in the handmade community. As always there were some very interesting and innovative artists!

Bird of Virtue  is a San Francisco based design studio run by Linnea Oliver. These intricate and beautiful deigns are created by layering laser cutwood. She adds a touch of hand painted color to give them a striking and dynamic look. Her work is available for purchase here

How cool are these cactus platers by The Plaid Pigeon!? I think these are the perfect gift for anyone young at heart and can water a plant once every two months. These guys and there friends are available for purchase here.

Wood Thumb presented ties and bow ties crafted from reclaimed redwoods from Northern California. I also love the styling of there laser cut ornaments! These guys have made it clear that wearing wood is going to be a huge trend! There products ar…

The Woodflex Series by Antoine Tesquier Tedeschi

Antoine Tesquier Tedeschi has used the living hinge to laser cut a clock, a pen holder and a coat rack out of birch wood board. The living hinge is a pattern that makes a stiff material like wood or acrylic bendable.  You can get all the supplies to create your own objects with the living hinge here

Inventables Catalog?

We are trying to decide if we should make a 12 page catalog for our customers.  What do you think?
Cast your vote here:

Hyper Sea by Christa Pisto

Hyper Sea is hand crocheted with various types of yarn and low-current LED wire by artist and crater, Christa Pisto. This intricate landscape is composed of 16 free-handed pieces that took Pisto over five months to put together.  It is currently being displayed at Redline Gallery in Denver, Colorado.

Pisto told us, "I crochet all kinds of things like scarfs, afghans andAmigurumi. I just recently started free form pieces like the coral reef and I love it.  I did not follow any patterns in this piece it is all free form. I love mixing the lights with the fiber and the ones I got worked so perfect I could not believe it!"

Thank you for reading! 
Happy designing,  Sam

Interview with Glen Liberman

Today I got to interview the New York based designer, Glen Liberman, the founder of Kinekt Design and Kinektron.

Kinekt Design is behind the patented Gear Ring is made from high quality matte stainless steel. It features micro-precision gears that turn in unison when the outer rims are spun (as can be seen in the video).

What is the name of your company and what do you do?

Glen Liberman: I have two companies - Kinekt Design, which focuses on interactive jewelry and Kinektron, which focuses on electronic musical instruments. I also just launched a small online Shop as a side project, which features more of my personal design work. I'm the creative director of both companies, if I had to give myself a title.

From a quick look a your site it looks like you've worked on some pretty cool projects. What projects are you most proud of?

Glen Liberman: I'm very proud of Kinekt Design's Gear Ring as many people have really taken quite a liking to it. I did not expect the response…

High Fashion: Laser Cut

These wood wedges by Jill Sander are a great example of how laser cutting technology can be incorporated into high fashion. The shoe looks like a piece of nature washed ashore, driftwood topped with bubbles of seaweed. They are $1,240 at Jill Sander stores. 

a soft pink laser-cut gown that encircled the body like layers of delicate Mille-feuille

Giles Deacon's  horses around London Fashion Week S/S 2013Shattered glass in some form appeared on nearly every piece in the collection - it made the shape of artfully laser-cut detailing on white and leather dresses; as a graphic print on trousers, tops, skirts and trousers; as delicate jewels embroidered into bodices; and perhaps, most beautiful of all, as iridescent crystals encrusted into dresses - both short and floor-length - to create the illusion of a fractured pane, highlighting what looked like hundreds of shimmering shards.

Free Hand Laser Cutting!

This awesome video is a glimpse into the future of laser cutting. Being able to free hand draw on the machine can really open laser cutter technology to artists and others who may not be familiar or comfortable drawing on the computer. 

Constructable is an interactive drafting table that produces precise physical output in every step. Users interact by drafting on the workpiece using a hand-held laser pointer. The system tracks the pointer and implements its effect by cutting the workpiece using a high-powered and fast laser cutter.

More Information:

Constructable is a research project by
Stefanie Mueller,
Pedro Lopes,
Patrick Baudisch,
Hasso Plattner Institute, Germany

4 Products You Probably Didn't Know Were Laser Cut!

Here are 4 projects that I bet you didn't know were laser cut or had laser cut parts. These great designs show how elegant and professional laser cut pieces can be.

1. Pythagoras Chair by Sander Mulder

Inspired by Origami techniques from the past, a plain sheet of aluminum is laser cut, and then bend into the final product. Made up from only 3 different parts, this chair displays furniture design in its purest form. A powder coat finish is used to finalize the aesthetic and structural characteristics.

2. Coil Lamp by Craighton Berman

The entire lamp is created exclusively from a 100 foot extension cord that has been wrapped around a laser-cut clear acrylic form. Coil Lamp is in the permanent collection of the Art Institute of Chicago, and is featured in "Rethinking Typologies" running March 3–July 29, 2012. Coil Lamp is available for purchase in two forms: Handmade & DIY Kit.

3. Big Bold by Roderick Vos for Moooi
The Moooi Big Bold Candelabra was developed as a resu…


Look! We were just awarded the FIRST Robotics Competition Gold Supplier Award! 

Laser Cut Projects: Buck Hook

Hello! I've been working with Inventables to come out with a series of laser cutter projects to show how fab lab processes can be used to take a boring product that you might find at the store and crete a version with a bit of design. We invite you to join in our efforts in creating thoughtful and innovative products! The second project in this design series is the Buck Hook.

The Buck Hook is made with with laser cut acrylicthat has been heat bent. Heat bending is a great way to add dimension to your laser cut designs. 

Before heat bending                          After heat bending

Thanks for checking this project out! Tell us what you think about what we're making with the materials in the Inventables store. More projects to come!

Good designing!