Posts Tagged ‘blacktoe’

Equipment upgrade – selling the BlackToe CNC to pay for the G. Weike laser cutter

Sunday, June 16th, 2013

Gallery here

My laser cutter is due to arrive in the port of Vancouver on the 21st at 10:00. I needed room in my garage, pronto. Thankfully the choice was easy: I had a giant CNC machine that never gets any use. Getting it into the truck, on the other hand, was an interesting challenge. See the notes in the gallery for all the pertinent details and some of the irrelevant ones, too.

Skycam frame assembled, Burning Man Life Tree CNC work

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

I’ve made a cube from 2x4s recycled from a home reno project. On each side I’ve put a Drawbot. On the box in the front left corner I put my laptop. The laptop is running custom software that delivers gcode to each Drawbot and they’re running modified Drawbot code that understands the third dimension. The four strings are connected together at a tool that can be moved with GCODE to almost any point inside the cube. Before I take this project to the New Forms Festival 2012 I’ll be sure to rebuild the cube with some CNC’d corner braces and some property slot-fitted joints that will make it very rigid and aesthetically pleasing.

I built this in my garage while members of the Burning Man 2012 Life Tree project were using my 8×4 BlackToe CNC to cut parts for their burnable art project. Looks like they’ll be in my garage for the next week or so as they cut 100 leaves. Maybe we’ll celebrate at the end with a great big backyard BBQ?

To speed up the manufacturing I’m going to cut one stencil of each of the 4 leaf types. Members will then be able to trace one leaf onto another, drill some pilot holes, and then use jigsaws to cut the rest. Should go much faster than trying to CNC everything.

I’ve got to post to the GVIAS and advertise my skills. It’s great that artists want to make giant wooden sculptures. It sucks that they get an idea stuck in their heads that is hard to build, hard to transport, and hard to setup on-playa. Having worked with a few different groups over the years now I think I’ve developed a bit of experience in this area. By getting involved earlier when the project is being sketched out I could help to build a design plan that meets the artist’s needs and keeps the manufacturing costs to a minimum.

Today’s goal is to get the Life Tree members up & running, finish cutting the templates, and then I’ll be mudding drywall all afternoon.

Busy Weekend

Monday, April 9th, 2012

New CNC Table

Buildyourcnc.com sent me a WhiteAnt 3D printer to try out and it’s proving to be a great, fun challenge. Being an early adopter always comes with its own set of challenges. Here is a small photo gallery of a recent issue I’m working on.

This weekend I built a new table for my BlackToe CNC machine, also from Buildyourcnc.com. I couldn’t move the machine off the table because of some poorly placed screws. What can I say? I got a little overzealous when I put the first one together. So the challenge was to remove the old legs and install the new ones in situ. Every time I had to reach under the machine I got more than a little nervous. I kept imagining my girlfriend would come home and find me crushed. Yikes!