07Nov

Tutorial: BlenderCAM Drone Project

I just finished another BlenderCAM Tutorial.

Winston Samuel Aquino Zabala contacted me after watching my first introduction BlenderCAM tutorial video. He asked if I can help him on how to generate CNC paths for his cool drone project. He wants to create carbon fiber molds out of aluminum.

I agreed to take a look and make a tutorial of the process for all BlenderCAM users.

I use a Shapeoko and a X-Carve mill and create all files using BlenderCAM and send the G-Code to the mills using Chilipeppr.

Please support BlenderCAM and Blender.

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I tried a waxer the first time about a two years ago and immediately gave up since I thought the waxer is not good. I use a waxer that pulsates and when I used it the first time, I did handle the tool totally wrong. Now 🙂 I know better.

Recently I bought some sculpting material, Super Sculpey and Cx5s (I already have Cx5…), to start some sculpting. Yesterday I sat down and used the waxer on Cx5 (The hard one) and used the tool like it is an extension of my hand but smaller. The small hand thinking helped immediately! I got nice results and started pushing and pulling material around on a piece of Cx5 itself without adding new material. The properties of Cx5 are really amazing, you can sculpt superfine details and it hardens immetiately. I tried different techniques like pulling hairlike grass and patting material on top of itself to pile it up. I am very eager to do some more work and get better at it. Still a lot to learn but hey, you gotta start somewhere…

Here my Halloween inspired graveyard on a hill….Happy Halloween!

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11Oct

Simple Cube Folding

Since we have a new seminarweek coming up at ETH D-Arch Raplab, I am researching nice simple techniques for our students to quickly learn Blender. Here a little example on how to unwrap a cube, mark seams, animate and render the scene.


22Sep

X-Carve Assembly Stop Motion

Two weeks ago I have finished the assembly of our Inventables X-Carve at ETH raplab. Since we are super busy at the moment giving workshop introductions to our wood and digital workshop I had no time yet to edit and upload the video…until now 🙂 Enjoy the little stop motion movie.

I still have to spend more time with the mill as soon as I have more time. I tested it using BlenderCAM and Chilipeppr, it went ok but some things responded a bit wonky in Chilipeppr. I also want to mount a Makita router to get more power…


15Sep

SPH Fluids ftw!

The Computer Science Department Team at University of Freiburg posted their beautiful work of Fluid dynamic simulation on youtube. I could watch these Animations for hours, I dig the SPH fluid video of viscous matter shown. Be sure to check out their website too to see all the other work they do.

Kudos to Armadillo Science!