Design resources that help you get started with laser cutting
The learning curve can be a steep one for some people when it comes to wrapping your head around digital manufacturing. Not only do you need to understand how to design for CNC, 3D printing or laser cutting; starting from scratch is daunting and design resources can be hard to come by.
In an attempt to de-mystify the process of digital manufacturing, Obrary takes inspiration from the changes enabled by the Open Source movement and has set up a resource supplying design files and code for anyone to use or improve on. Their motto is “Making it easy to make.” They do that by providing the Maker community with a library full of open designs and a series of eBooks full of information about the making process. The site has open designs from Makers from across the globe.
“Beyond improved sharing of design resources, new design approaches and engineering patterns are enabled”.
Users are encouraged to make their own tweaks to the designs, learning by trial and error in much the same way that made development for the Raspberry Pi so popular.
Have you ever wanted to build a cage gear mechanism? They’ve got one of those. How about an adding machine or even something simple like a robust shelving system… these are but a few of the designs that have been made freely available to the Obrary community. The design file package includes a number of file types including CAD files, interchange files (DXF, PDF, etc) and CAM files. So you should be able to find a file format that fits into your manufacturing process.
And one nice feature of the site is that all of their designs and eBooks have the same license – Creative Commons-BY-SA. This is a truly open license that even lets you sell products made from the designs.
“…making, building, and collaborating, not because we have to, or because it’s research, but because it’s so fun.”
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See more collaborative designs and handy resources at Obrary.