The AnyBox

It’s that time of the year again.  Now that all your gifts are made it’s time for the fun part.  Wrapping them!  You could do what you do every year and layer the gifts to made for your closest friends and family in tape and ribbon.  Why not make the perfect box for your gift?

The AnyBox design

With Fusion 360’s new(ish) sheet metal mode you can laser cut the perfect size box for your gift.  Best of all the work is already done.  All you have to do is download “The AnyBox” file from the link below and change the parameters to fit your gift.  Just follow these instructions for a one size fits all box!

Download the Fusion 360 file HERE.

From the “modify” menu in the “sheet metal” section choose “changeparameters”.

Change the BoxHeight, BoxWidth, and BoxLength for your item.  Change MaterialThickness to match your box material.

Click “OK” and create a flat version of your AnyBox by selecting “unfold” from the “modify” menu.  Select any face as the “stationary entity” and check the “unfold all bends” box.

Finally export your flat box as a DXF file for your laser.

Repeat for each of your gifts.

Nation of Makers

It’s really happening! For years Makerspaces, Hackerspaces, and crazy shop collectives have been springing up all across the globe. Headless community organizations of people that like to create. Now thanks to the initiatives began by the Obama administration we have an organization decided to bringing us all together as one power maker force.

This year saw the first Maker Faire at the White House and Governors Maker Challenge. Our humble makerspace also participated in the Nation of Makers Meeting this summer. 170 maker spaces were invited to the White House for a meeting put on by the Office’s of Science and Technology Policy. This was the beginning of what would become the Nation of Makers.

On their website you can read all about the mission and how you can be an advocate and help spread the maker spirit.

Nation of Makers

CNC Water Drop

A few weeks ago while teaching Model Monday’s Fusion 360 class I stumbled on how to make a water drop form.  I have been working on a couch in my countless spare time and thought it would be a great time to try cutting it on the 4×8.  700,000 lines of G-Code and 10 hours of machine time later here it is.  Im not sure you could call it a cup holder, more of a cup suggestion.  The rest of the couch will fallow.

Masquerade Mask

When Emily told me she needed a mask for a masquerade themed company holiday party I jumped at the opportunity.  It was a good excuse to play with lasers and try working with leather for the first time.  Below is the first draft of the design.  From there I made several iterations on the asymmetric mask inspired by Emily’s dress.

After getting the design down it was on to YouTube to learn how to work with leather.  I was surprised that all it took was soaking the leather overnight in water and then letting it dry pressed around a form.  Leather holds its shape but is not completely stiff after this process.  I am sure there will be more leather working posts in the future as I perfect my craft.

Model Monday

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Every Monday Milwaukee Makerspace will be hosting Model Monday, a night dedicated to drawing in Fusion 360. If you are unfamiliar with the program it is made by Autodesk for designing with CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) and Creating with CAM (Computer Aided Machining). The parts designed in this software can then be taken to one of our many CNC machines like our Amazing Tormach, the 4×8 router table, or our soon to be completed Plasma cutting table. Fusion 360 is a free program so the price is right and it is fully capable of helping you make just about anything.

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Each week Carl Stevens walks members from drawing a part to generating a tool path so you can start making chips. Participants are encouraged to come with a part they need help drawing with or a project idea. In the last few classes the class has drawn a roller skate plate for Kayla and a Speed Wrench for Larry. Stop by Monday’s at 6pm with your laptop or use a computer at the space to get started modeling.