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SFDS

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SFDS is a Fabrication and Design shop located in Brooklyn, NY. They create props, furniture and scenery for a variety of clients and use the CNC router as a major tool in their shop. Below are just a few examples of some of the exciting work being created.

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This piece was part of FriendsWithYou's Rainbow City installation from 2011 in NY.04.jpeg

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One of the SFDS employees, Kevin Kleber, has a fantastic Tumblr site called cnckevin. It has many great images of the projects he is working on there.

Digital Fabrication for the Arts

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Former University of Minnesota Professor Ali Momeni (currently a Professor at Carnegie Mellon) is teaching a class at CMU titled Digital Fabrication for the Arts. Students are using Rhino/Rhino CAM along with a lasercutter and 2.5 axis router to create a wide array of work.

See examples below, visit their blog for links, references and more work examples.

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Post-Digital Printmaking

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A new book has just come out that focuses on the use of the CNC Router and lasercutter with print processes. It's called Post-Digital Printmaking: CNC, Traditional and Hybrid Techniques by Paul Cantanese and Angela Geary of Columbia College in Chicago. The book covers the brief history of technology in printmaking and explains exactly what it means by "Post-Digital"- using technology to create a number of matrices that can be manipulated in physical ways. It also features chapters going inside the studios of various artists who use the CNC as an integral part of their practice.

On page 39 you'll notice a page devoted to the Artemio Rodriguez print that was routed here on the Department of Art's router by technician Robin Schwartzman for the 2010 Mid-America Print Council Conference.

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This book is a fantastic resource for anyone interested in learning more about integrating digital technologies with printmaking. Not convinced? You can read a thorough review over at Printeresting.

SITU STUDIO

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SITU STUDIO is a group of designers and digital fabricators based out of Brooklyn, NY. They utilize a variety of parametric modeling tools and a digitally equipped prototyping shop to develop and implement practical and efficient manufacturing solutions of a multitude of project types. They work closely with architects, artists and designers of all fields to provide services ranging from generative design and material research through manufacturing, construction management and administration.
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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

CNC Router Links

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EnRoute Software
An overview of the software used by the Department of Art including videos, photo galleries, training and support.

EnRoute User Guide
Downloadable EnRoute User Guides for all your file designing questions.

Feeds and Speeds
Suggested feed rates and spindle speeds for a variety of cutting tools and commonly milled materials.

Forest Scientific
Information about the Department's Forest Scientific 3-axis router.

SU DesignWorks You-Tube Channel
Great comprehensive step-by-step RhinoCam instructions from our friends at Syracuse University. Other good stuff, too!

Google Earth to SketchUp
Step-by-step streaming tutorial for importing topography from Google Earth to SketchUp to prepare for CNC machining.

EnRoute Thoughts is EnRoute's blog, full of projects, tutorials and workshop dates and info.