Inventables CEO to Deliver Keynote at Technori in Chicago

Hi Inventables Community!

There are lots of awesome new Carvey projects that have been added to our projects catalog.

Check out this blog to see just a few of the amazing projects that have been added to our page. The dish pictured above uses our new G-Code import tool.

These types of projects would make a great addition to a school's curriculum, which is exactly why Inventables is leading the charge to put a 3D carver in every school by the end of the decade! If you know of a school that would greatly benefit from receiving a 3D carver, come to Technori this Tuesday to learn how your school can receive a free 3D carver from inventables!

Inventables Founder and CEO, Zach Kaplan, will be a keynote speaker at the Technori – Maker Movement in Chicago on March 29 to discuss the digital manufacturing revolution - leading with 3D carving.
Event Details:
Technori is a monthly showcase for innovative startups in Chicago, sponsored by JP Morgan Chase. The March 2016 Technori event is titled “Maker Movement” and will focus on five top Chicago startups related to the maker movement and digital manufacturing.
Technori March 2016 – “Maker Movement”
Tuesday, March 29 at 6 p.m.
(Pre-event networking at 6 p.m., keynote starts at 7 p.m.)
10 South Dearborn Street
Lower Lobby
Chicago, IL 60603
Tickets: Eventbrite

Use promo code: inventables - to receive 15% off tickets.

Hope to see you all there!

New Carvey Projects You Have to See!

If you haven’t checked out our newest projects, you’re missin’ out big time! The four beautiful projects showcased below were made on Carvey, and to say the least, they crushed it! And if you want to hear even more good news, all of these projects can be made by any and all makers...that means you!

This gorgeous desktop planter may look a little intimidating, but have no fear, it’s all made in Easel! First mill out the Corian base and stand because that is what holds this whole project together….pretty cool, right? Next come the walls. The walls of the planter are made by carving rings into maple wood using of course Easel, as well as, the “offsetter” app found in the Easel library. Once the walls have been cut, simply glue them together, sand them down and boom! You got yourself one beautiful desktop planter all co-workers would be jealous of.

Need something to keep your kids entertained for hours in the car? Well have no fear, activity bot is here! This adorable little guy is made with four different colors of MDF wood and Easel, allowing any parent with a Carvey to recreate him! The body, eyes and gears are all made by simply changing the depth of which you carve into the wood for that particular part of the robot. This is what allows activity bot to be a fun and customizable toy. And the best part of all? No batteries!

Not sure how to make a bowl shape with Carvey? No worries, Inventables has got you covered! This stunning bamboo dish was made with a combination of CAM software, as well as, Easel. But the wonderful designers over at Beyond Design added the files into Easel, so now any maker can recreate it! Once you download the Easel files, you first mill the inside curve of the dish, then the outer shape. If you’re looking for a little extra non-slip security, use cork to cut out a pad to attach to the bottom of the Corian base. Now just like that, you have a beautiful dish to fill with candies, clips or anything else you find around the house!

You may have seen this awesome (and educational) Food Chain Puzzle on our website and thought, “four layers, I can’t make that?” Oh but yes you can! All you need is four different colors of MDF, a Carvey and a little one you want to teach who eats who in the world…or maybe just call it the circle of life? Either way, the puzzle pieces are designed around geometric shapes, which allows for each piece to neatly and precisely rest inside the previous piece. To begin start by carving out the largest piece of the puzzle. Then the next largest, then the next and you get the picture. This technique allows you to create inlays inside the previous piece, which will create the stacking food chain effect. Once the chain is complete, you can take a step back and confidently say, “yes, I did do it!”

To see more recently added projects, check out our projects page!  

Be A Part of the Inventables HQ Mural!

Hey Inventables Community!

 We are working on a mural wall at Inventables HQ and want to extend the chance to our awesome community to help fill up our wall!

If you want your creation to be part of the wall, here's the details:

-Your tile creation can be of anything so long as it's safe for a work environment.
-Tiles must not exceed 6"x6"
-Tiles can be made of any material but must be of an appropriate weight to hang easily and securely.

That's it!  Check out our image below to see what we've got up already!

When you're ready, send your submissions to
Inventables c/o Kyle
600 W Van Buren St, STE 602
Chicago, IL 60607

Tyler Lyne, The Iron Chef of Making

Executive Chef, Tyler Lyne, believes that in order to be unique, Cloud Catering & Events has to separate itself from the pack by coming up with innovative solutions. His solution? X-Carve.

Tyler Lyne.jpg

Chef Lyne has used X-Carve to make custom serving pieces for his restaurant like wooden serving spoons, a Hors d’oeuvre platter, a wave Petite Fours platter, a carbon fiber custom kitchen tool that won gold at the Restaurant Show and most importantly, an egg dish for Gwyneth Paltrow! I would definitely say Chef Lyne is on his way to leaving a very influential mark on the culinary world.  

(Egg dish for Gwyneth Paltrow)

Born and raised in Texas, Lyne  began his culinary journey at 16 years old, working in restaurants.  He then went on to attend the Culinary Institute of America, where after graduation, he became the youngest person to obtain the Certified Executive Chef title from the A.C.F at the youthful age of 21.

(Custom Hors d’oeuvre platter)

In 2013 Chef Lyne was named as one of Zagat’s 30 Under 30: New York City’s Food Industry Up-And-Comers. Then, as if all of these achievements were quite enough, he was on Iron Chef and beat Geoffrey Zakarian. So cool!

Chef Lyne first saw X-Carve on the YouTube channel Hemistorm, which was what ultimately convinced him to buy it. The X-Carve was just the catalyst Lyne needed to spark his ambition to make things in-house and continue the process of building the Custom Design & Fabrication side of his business.

(Mahogany spoons)

Chef Lyne plans on using X-Carve primarily, “in my social media content, the Design aspect of my business, and to build custom tools for me and my team to use in the kitchen”. Lyne’s end goal is to open an online store for the purchase of his custom tools, like this awesome gnocchi board he created on Easel!

Chef Lyne was inspired to carve a unique gnocchi board thanks to his Media Marketing Director, Nathan Ma who had wanted to do a pasta dish for the website blog. The idea sparked Chef Lyne’s interest to showcase all that X-Carve can do, by adding his own twist to a common gnocchi board.  

(Gnocchi Board)

The X-Carve gives Chef Lyne the ability to make Cloud Catering & Events a truly different and unique company by mastering the simple things, exceeding expectations and coming up with innovative solutions. Chef Lyne knew he needed to be an early adopter of this technology in order to have that small detail that provides a huge advantage to pleasing his existing customers, as well as, acquiring new ones.

Chef Lyne admits that he never had any plans to undertake this process, but by taking a leap of faith, he quickly realized how rewarding it would be.

(Deviled egg platter)

What is the difference between 3D carving and 3D printing?

Do you know the difference? Let Inventables CEO, Zach Kaplan explain!

Solder Inlay - Warren Downes

The newest how-to video by Warren Downes is pretty darn cool if you ask us. In the video Warren creates a solder metal inlay inside an X-Carve design, literally drip by scalding drip!

To begin the solder inlay Warren fires up his blowtorch. He uses the blowtorch to slowly melt the solid solder over the carved design. The boiling drops of solder merge together to gradually fill the entire mold.

After the mold has been completely filled with solder, Warren uses a belt sander to sand down the excess solder around the design. Once the excess solder has been removed and his project is nice and smooth, Warren once again grabs the blowtorch. He carefully burns the edges around the carved design to give it an authentic rustic look. Then with a quick Minwax wipe, Warren has once again created a pretty awesome project.

If you’d like to learn more about Warren and his projects check out his website and YouTube channel.

North Carolina Woodworker Non-Profit Organization

On paper, North Carolina Woodworker is a non-profit, woodworking focused, web-based educational forum. However, the organization believes that a better description is a true woodworking community helping to grow and enhance the Maker Movement. The overall goal of the organization is to provide education to all adults and children interested in the art of woodworking because “the look on a child’s face after they have just created something that they never knew that could do truly is priceless”. They want to be seen as not only a place to ask questions and learn, but also an outlet to build deep, long lasting relationships.

The organization was started in 2006 by Steve Coles, who had self-funded the website to get it up and running. The now member supported organization has more than 6,500 registered users! Which makes sense considering their web-based educational forum is known as “the friendliest site on the net”. The once web-based only organization has now evolved into an active group that gathers to teach woodworking skills to not only each other, but also veterans, First Responders and multiple youth groups.

The North Carolina Woodworker Outreach Program, holds educational events throughout North Carolina, as well as, the surrounding states. The volunteers work in a hands-on environment with a student to teacher ratio of two to one, which allows the students to receive the attention and training they need. The classes are also free of charge and promise each student will leave with a hand-carved project.  

The Outreach program began with a group of caring members who volunteered at Fort Bragg, NC to teach woodworking skills to The Wounded Warriors. The group began holding monthly events, which turned out to be a huge success! In 2009 the post woodworking shop was shut down, but this certainly did not stop the volunteers from teaching what they love! Instead, the group began holding the events in other locations throughout North Carolina.

As the Wounded Warrior project continued to grow, North Carolina Woodworker decided they wanted to continue to do what they do best. This led the organization to reach out to the brave First Responders of our country in 2011. Just like the Wounded Warriors, the men and women who serve as First Responders, may have never had the opportunity to learn these skills had members of this great organization not volunteered their time.

The next big step was to reach out to the nation’s youth, who hold the key to the next wave of innovations. In 2011, the nonprofit made the leap and held their very first youth training class. With all the apps, games and social media in the world today, “it is hard to explain the gratification that comes from helping an early teenager put down their phone and actually build something”.

Last year, NC Woodworker held a woodworking workshop for a group of twelve excited Girl Scouts. The girls had loved the workshop so much, they had asked the volunteers to come back again this year! Of course, Phil and his team very willingly returned to teach another workshop for the eager little girls. This year the volunteers taught the Girl Scouts how to make heart-shaped keepsake boxes out of maple and walnut, in honor of Valentine's Day.

NC Woodworker also attended two big woodworking events last year, both of which were held in North Carolina. The organization participated in both The Woodworking in America event in Winston-Salem, as well as, The Klingspor Extravaganza event in Hickory. At both events, NC Woodworking members taught individuals how to make curved laminated wood bracelets. Once the person had completed the bracelet, they were able to engrave their initials into the bracelet using a CNC machine. The organization takes a positive approach to new and old woodworking skills. By teaching how to make the bracelet by hand, but also how to enhance it with new technology it, “was our way to merge old school hand tool work and modern CNC. The lines never stopped”.

While the group primarily holds educational events and programs, the organization also holds activities that enhance the social dynamic of the group including weekly “new member chat sessions”, a monthly guest speaker and a yearly picnic. There is a certain community and friendship that is alive among the members. One of their most popular and beneficial gatherings is their annual “shop crawl”. The event consists of about a dozen individuals opening up their personal workshops to allow visitors. At each shop, there is anywhere from 10 to 30 members who then move as a group to the next shop. This event allows individuals to see not only how other shops are set up, but also ask any questions they may have. This in turn allows makers to find inspiration for making their shops better and more functional.

Phil Soper is an elected officer who joined the organization eight years ago and has been an active member ever since. He has held several positions within the organization including President for a year, Vice President for three years and is now the Development Director. Besides being an active member and an elected officer, Phil also goes above and beyond to help out this wonderful organization. Phil knows he is lucky enough to have an at home workshop, but instead of keeping it all to himself, he shares his love for woodworking with friends! Phil holds monthly gatherings at his workshop where he teaches makers everything from simple sharpening skills to ultra-lite boat building.

North Carolina Woodworker is a truly amazing organization, that strives to help educate all people of all ages by working to enhance not only the woodworking community, but also the lives of others. Click here if you would like to take a look around their great website, or donate to their special and wonderful cause!