"The ease of being able to upload a part," says Josh Haldeman, an industrial designer for protective gear company Bullard, "and instantly know what it's going to cost me is phenomenal." Haldeman is referring to the instant online quoting process for Xometry, a company that connects manufacturers and fabricators with
This is the craziest joinery system I've ever seen. Lamello's Invis system of knockdown fasteners consists of male and female parts that are sunk into your workpieces-to-be-joined. Once the pieces are lined up, a magnet inside of a plastic box is then attached to your drill. You spin the drill near the fasteners, and the screw in the male part starts turning. Here's a demo of a guy using it to attach stair treads:
The Middlecott Sketchbattle Experiment is back, and this time the Fight Club of Design is taking over San Francisco's Automated Vehicles Symposium to bring you a night of hardcore live automotive sketching. Currently held four times a year during the Detroit Auto Show, the Los Angeles Auto Show the Las
Of the many structures, Leonardo da Vinci designed, perhaps none made more ingenious use of materials than his practical design for an easy-to-assemble, self-supporting bridge. Here's a father and son demonstrating its construction in their backyard, without using a single tool:
Dremel's forthcoming DigiLab laser cutter, announced at last year's Maker Faire, is scheduled to drop any day now. The release date was slated for Summer 2018, and since it's now summer we just checked their website. They've not updated it with a hard release date, but we do see that
I've got a thing for tool storage, which directly reflects my organizational failings in other areas of my life: I have no hope I'll ever be able to tame my desk, kitchen, refrigerator, bathroom, bedroom, or closet like those neat photos I see in the design magazines--my own are simply too idiosyncratic--but I still have hope in the tool department.
Threaded connections, such as bolts and nuts, are used in a wide variety of applications, ranging from plastic toys to massive bridges. The one similarity that ties them together is that these connections need to stay together when we want them to, but also come apart when needed. For example, the valve covers on an engine have to stay in place while driving, but we also need them to be removable, so we can service the engine components.
Shapeways, the 3D printing service and marketplace known for their reliable on-demand printing in a variety of materials, recently announced their first in-house line, Spring & Wonder. The collection features a variety of customizable jewelry that leaves customers in charge of the size, shape and message written on their pieces.
Trump just announced plans to create a military presence in space effective immediately: Based on the very minimal information we have been given, your brief is simple: Go forth and design a logo for "Space Force". The logo has to be as good as the Air Force logo, but different.
Kickstarter has taken note of Oscar Lhermitte's clever "Quickstarter" model, recognizing it's positive message of showing that designers can learn just as much thinking on a smaller scale as they can thinking on a larger one. The crowdfunding platform just announced a landing page within their site called Quickstarter that
Advanced Design Sketching (ADS) is getting ready to host their second SQ1CON in Chicago this July 13 and 14 after a successful inaugural event last year. What began as industrial designer Hector Silva's pipe dream in grad school, ADS has now evolved into a multifaceted non-profit that puts on sketching
Dating all the way back to Neolithic times, the mortise and tenon is the oldest wood joint known to mankind. While the specific provenance of the joint is unknown, I'm willing to bet the inventor wasn't a virgin. In the thousands of years since, craftspeople have developed an almost absurd variety of joints, some of which you learned in the ID shop at school, some of which you've never heard of, and that one that you can always see in your head but have forgotten the name of.
I hate the imperial measurement system, and can confidently say that anyone who doesn't recognize the superiority of metric is a freaking idiot. How nice it must be for you Aussies, Germans and Koreans to drill an 8mm hole, realize you need it a smidgen bigger, and yell down the ladder for a 9mm bit. Versus us Yankees drilling a 7/32 hole, then having to do an equation in your head to calculate if you need a 3/16 or a 1/4.
Last week industrial designer Eric Strebel demonstrated digital vs. analog rendering. This week he drills down into the latter: "[This video] talks in detail about the rendering process," Strebel writes, "the set up of the lighting, why chrome is easy if you add blue, how a simple isometric view needs
When building a contraption or shop jig that incorporates a frequently-rotated part, it can be useful to integrate bearings. Those of you with access to 3D printers can readily whip up a gewgaw to do so… …but those without must rely on more brutish and unreliable methods, like a pressure
If you've seen our excellent series on different species of wood, by looking at boards you can identify the ones most commonly used in furniture and homebuilding. But do you know what an actual Poplar, Walnut or Zebrawood tree looks like? Could you actually draw one if you were playing
To celebrate this year's NYCxDesign, MakerBot hand-picked 17 New York City designers and put them to the test of designing and prototyping an object to improve daily life. The 13 individual designers and 2 design duos were each given a MakerBot Replicator and a few rolls of filament to
Beyond having accurate perspective, choosing the right perspective angle can make or break a sketch. In this video I'l show you how you can use perspective to give a convincing sense of scale to the object you are designing. As always, if you have any questions or comments on
Raymond Loewy, the father of industrial design, once drew up this nifty chart showing how from factors evolved into the early 20th century: We know it's hard to see, so let's blow it up a bit: What I wouldn't give to see him still alive and completing the chart up
When I hear "3D-printed bike from Silicon Valley" I start to roll my eyes, but this company is actually onto something. Arevo is a start-up that has figured out how to simplify and re-size, rather inexpensively, the carbon fiber manufacturing process. Typically, carbon fiber is difficult and expensive to
Sinterit, the first manufacturer to deliver affordable desktop SLS 3D printers, is introducing a new generation of its very successful Lisa printer into the market. Lisa 2 extends the capabilities of its predecessor without losing its main goal of bringing designers, start-ups and industry manufacturers an affordable printing tool with
Chrome can be a tricky thing to draw. The temptation is always to over do it. In this video I'll show you a light and easy chrome technique that shows off the reflective, metallic nature of it without overdoing it. As always, if you have any questions or comments
Wax hardness, pigment payout, sharpenability; these are things that concern the sketch-happy pencil geeks among you. Graphic designer, illustrator and art teacher Mark Campbell knows this. Campbell has his students use Prismacolor Scholars, rather than the more expensive Prismacolor Premiers. Here he tests them out side-by-side, and drops more
Many of my analog sketches have this great texture to them. The secret is a piece of mesh textile that I put below the surface of the sketch that transfers through by rubbing the paper with a colored pencil. I show off the technique in this shoe sketch. Give it
When sketching furniture or architecture it helps to be able to simulate woodgrain. In this video I'll use a simple coffee table design to show you how I add woodgrain to a sketch. I use several tones of markers, pen, and white pencils to achieve this affect. As always,
Design requires, by necessity, a lot of iterations of an object before you get it "right." What do you do with the eleven 3D-printed models you cranked out before settling on design #12? A company called ReDeTec (which stands for Renewable Design Technology), was in attendance at the World's Fair
Anything can be designed in the digital space, but not everything can be 3D printed. When you design a part for 3D printing - whether it's for prototyping or for manufacturing end-use products - certain limitations apply. These limitations have to do with the basic mechanics of each additive manufacturing process (and the laws of physics).
Most senior designers I know insist that doing preliminary sketches on paper is far faster, and allows for far more creativity than using even the most sophisticated CAD software. The reason given is that even a good CAD program is still an additional layer between you and the manifestation of
If you want to start using Fusion 360, it can be helpful to have someone walk you through a basic project. In this video, 3D-printing enthusiast Wekster shows you how to model a simple ray gun from the "Earthworm Jim" cartoon. He starts with a 2D hand drawing, then
The gun control debate may be over. In order to understand why, we need to look at the anatomy of the AR-15, the assault rifle that's currently dominating the headlines. One reason that the AR-15 is popular among gun enthusiasts is because it's infinitely customizable. Owners can select from a
To bring the fidelity of a sketch up just a little bit, I'll render it digitally. In this video I'll take a simple ballpoint pen drawing of a shoe and show you how I simulate color, form, and texture in photoshop using a Wacom tablet. As always, if you
Earlier we showed you a sketch for an unusual pickup truck from Preston Tucker's archives, and asked you to complete the design. Here are the results, in alphabetical order by last name, with captions from those who provided them: By Michael DiTullo:"A quick side cab sketch to get this party
When I was still in art school, I met a grad student making big bucks as a medical illustrator. I saw some of her work and it was insanely detailed and precise. In that pre-widespread-CG era, someone with her skills could make a lot of money drawing cutaways of organs.
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