Xin Wen

How to Make (almost) Anything

Computer-Controlled Cutting


1. Parametric Design
2. Trial and Error and more errors...
3. Puzzle Time!
4. Vinyl Cutting
5. Updates on Panda

This week we learned about computer-controlled cutting. While I've learned how to use a lasercutter in other classes before, I was really amazed by how powerful the tool is. One really cool thing I learned this week was parametric design. My CAD knowledge was pretty much how to make a box by typing in its length, width, and height or find a model on Thingiverse... So after learning about parametric design, where you specify parameters so you can easily change your design later, I felt like I got upgraded from "Hello World" to writing a function (although it turned out that it was not as simple as I thought....)! In addition, learning how to use the vinyl cutter was like discovering a whole new world. I briefly thought about opening an Etsy sticker store but then I looked up how much the model in EDS cost and it was around $2000...(maybe I will look into cheaper models later)

1. Parametric Design

I've always wanted a book shelf in a shape of an animal so I was really excited to make a panda press-fit shelf for this week.

Figure 1. Panda Model downloaded from Thingiverse.
Figure 2. Contour Model made from Rhino command(?)
Figure 3. Press-fit model on the right.
2. Trial and Error and more errors...

Figure 4. Group Assignment.
Figure 5. New design made in Fusion 360.
Figure 6. Chamfer added.
Figure 7. Lasercut time!
3. Puzzle Time!

Figure 8. A little car for my USB penguin.
Figure 9. Another car.
Figure 10. Someone made a hat.
Figure 11. Stick (more like block?) figure.
Figure 12. A new home for our plant.
Figure 13. A stick to wave at the motion-sensitive light in my apartment.
4. Vinyl Cutting

Figure 14. What I wish life is about.
Figure 15. What life usually is (bottom right corner).
5. Updates on Panda
Figure 16. Panda model with slots created (not parametric).
Figure 17. Pieces made for lasercutting.