Nov 1, 2014

DIY manual digital fabrication or what to do when you don't have access to CNC

You want to design something and cut it on a CNC but you don't have a CNC? No problem!

Here is a tutorial by Jonathan Odom on how to design something in CAD, make paper cutting template and then cut it by hand. It's a sort of manual digital fabrication. You can call it contradiction-in-terms, but hey, if it's stupid and works, then it is not stupid.

Since I don't have a CNC or access to it (but I will get one some day) I find this useful since I could create some simpler smaller projects.

Jonathan designed and made a wooden stand for a laptop using simple tools and materials:
  • Jigsaw
  • Hand Drill + Bits
  • Wood Files (rounded and flat edged)
  • Sanding Block
  • Rigid straight edge used a level.
  • Pressure Clamps
  • 3/4" Plywood (18" X 24" panel)
  • Printed paper template
  • Spray Adhesive

Be your own manual human powered CNC cutter!

Detailed tutorial: