October 2011 Archives

Sawatzky's Imagination Corporation

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Dan Sawatzky, founder of the Imagination Corporation, has been a forerunner in using the EnRoute Software and a Multi-Cam CNC Router for dimensional sign work. His daily journal entries are a fantastic resource to see how he applies this technology to his creative ideas. His blog entries for Multi-Cam are full of great images, software tutorials and sculpting how-to's.shop-studio.jpeg

Digitally Fabricated House

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A 196-square-foot one-room house intended for use in post-Katrina reconstruction. This prototype, built for an exhibition at MoMA, is constructed entirely from sheets of plywood cut on a PRSAlpha CNC Router and assembled using only a mallet.almost_031.jpeg

CNC Drawing

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Since 1969, Minneapolis-based Roman Verotsko has utilized electronics and programming to create beautiful algorithmic plotter drawings.

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Presently, many artists are utilizing CNC machines to create vector, geometric, organic and multiples of drawings on all scales. They are using sharpies, felt tip pens, ball point pens, pencils, etc.

Cambridge, Massachusetts-based engineer Aaron Panone has collaborated with graphic designer Matt W. Moore to create a series of geometric sharpie drawings, some seen below.


Numerically Controlled from Paper Fortress on Vimeo.

Paul Ferragut's Time Print Machine creates images in the usual CNC manner, with dots forming a halftone pattern as the arm moves across the page. What is different about this device, is the incorporation of a special program which takes the grey value of a pixel and converts it using a time-based algorithm.

...the felt pen remains in contact with the blotting paper for relative periods of time. Consequently the ink will bleed through the paper creating a variety of different sized stains, gradually building the image.