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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 and AmigurumiI 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 that it has received from the general public. I'm also proud of the song I composed for Toyota, as it was the first time in my life that my creativity had been confirmed. However, each project I've worked on offers a little view to a much bigger picture.




Founding a company takes courage, what inspired you to get started?

Glen Liberman: I had a lot of difficulty fitting into the role of a student or an employee. I think that I simply needed to find my own way as opposed to fitting into a mold. One of my greatest inspirations was the concept of making myself and having the chance to succeed on my own terms.




What kind of tools or machines do you use to create your products? What kinds of materials do you use?


Glen Liberman: When I got started developing ideas and products, I did a lot of 3D printing and laser-cutting. However, more recently I have sort of reverted back to more simplified methods such as paper folding and constructing with cardboard. It's inexpensive and hands on, so you can really feel the design. I also use wood when cutting machines / tools are available to me. But to be quite honest, the most powerful and useful tool I own is my imagination.




These new low-cost digital fabrication tools like laser cutters are pretty exciting. How do you see this changing product design in the next 5-10 years?


Glen Liberman: Product design will never be easy, but I do think that it will enable a lot of individuals to start experimenting and playing around with different materials and methods. It really evens out the playing field between the individual and the corporation.




Before we sign off today, tell us what you are most excited about.


Glen Liberman: I'm excited about sharing my ideas with those who are interested and intrigued, but even more so, I'm passionate about inspiring others to take the same steps I did to find true happiness and success in their lives.



Thanks for reading! You can buy Glen Liberman personal work here.

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. 



MARCHESA SPRING/SUMMER 2011 READY-TO-WEAR
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 2013

Shattered 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: http://www.hpi.uni-potsdam.de/baudisch/projects/constructable.html

Constructable is a research project by
Stefanie Mueller, http://www.stefaniemueller.org
Pedro Lopes, http://www.plopesresearch.net
Patrick Baudisch, http://www.patrickbaudisch.com
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 result of designer Roderick Vos' fascination with laser cutting technology. The main form is cut out of sheet steel and powder-coated in a deep and dramatic Black finish. At more than three feet tall, it is big and bold indeed. Candles included. Part of the Moooi Accessory collection.





4. Wülf Wallets by Wülf .  These wallets have been laser cut, polished, and stitched.  Laser cutting is more expensive per wallet, however, it allows for greater flexibility in prototyping and the laser can brand and cut the wallet in one go. There are also aesthetic pros resulting from the use of a laser cutter, such as cleaner edges.



Thanks for reading! I hope these projects have inspired you to create and design!


Good designing!!

Samantha




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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 acrylic that 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!
Samantha


Laser Cut Projects: Colony Coasters




 Hi everyone!  We feel there is a large volume of laser cut goods out there that fall flat, literally, in the 2D world. So, I've been working with Inventables to come out with a series of  laser cutter projects to show how fab lab processes can produce high design. 

 Digital fabrication has given designers the opportunity to create exactly what we want to design on the fly. As more of this technology becomes available for the home (like this desktop laser cutter and this Shapeoko CNC) the landscape of how we buy and sell products is changing. We ask you to join in our efforts in creating thoughtful and innovative designs! The first project in this design series is the Colony Coaster. 

 The Colony Coasters are a set of tessellating  cherry wood coasters that interlock to become trivets or center pieces. The honeycomb shape encourages users to work together to create new shapes over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine.





The coaster design



two coasters side by side


two coasters interlocking


three coasters interlocking


four coasters interlocking


six coasters interlocking

four coasters interlocking

six coasters interlocking

Thanks for checking this project out! The list of materials at Inventables is so inspiring, I can't wait to get my hands on some cork sheeting, aluminum foam, and conductive copper fabric!

Good designing!
Samantha