A CNC machine, a thin sheet of what looks like birch ply and "100 or so rivets later" Andrew Thomson had the geodesic pendant lamp you see above. Thomson's an avowed Bucky Fuller fan; when last we looked in on him, he was turning old Coroplast electioneering signs into a geodesic precursor for the lamp you see above.
Thomson, by the way, is one of my favorite types of ID'ers: the unsung workaday guys who aren't looking to be the toast of Milan but are instead steadily developing their books and their skills in local applications. On his blog, Alabama-based Thomson documents projects he and his buddy Jared* have pulled, like turning wood from a local barn into a bed that looks better'n what you'd find in West Elm, and producing tables, benches and counters for local restaurants.
Best of all, he takes copious before and after pictures and isn't shy about documenting both the screw-ups ("The whole thing... got stuck in the planer a few times") and the glue-ups. And something about seeing shop photos where you can see the guy's hands working the router makes it all seem so do-able. See for yourself here.
*Jared, you need to nag Andrew to get your last name up on that site!
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the dome pendant post does not reference CNC but says it was laser cut
the project that did use a CNC router is this one
ID means different things to different people. Unapproachable embodiments which are the toast of Milan and the cornering of ownership of ideas to some, and to others a greater interest in the doing than the high art of it.
Can the Core not post articles to interest both, or a broad audience? Have they said they ascribe to only one approach? (Personally, i think they really should have mentioned the 'inspiration')
Mr Trubridge, do you have a patent for this design?
Is everyone really so limited in what they may do, as soon as someone's done similar? Even in relatively generic concepts and forms such as geometric spheres?
Is Mr. Thomson trying to sell these or screw anyone over? Or are we getting worked up over a story in a blog entry about someone who likes making things?
It actually does say it on his website.
There is only so much you can do with profile cutting...
A friend pointed out that on Andrew Thompsons's website http://www.thomsonforthewin.com. he also found a copy of Roger Kelly's (Napier/NZ designer) 'Taylor Patio Chair' http://www.redorange.co.nz/products/index.php?cat=chairs&p=25
The lamp is not the only knockoff then.
It's language man not mathematics! Maybe this guy just read that book and is really excited about this concept...
I checked out that Coral light and holy cow that's similar!
Really nice tables though... I like them.
Well, since I'm the one that actually does produce your designs, I can say that. Tell anyone in the industry "CNC" and they will default to a CNC mill. Tell your supplier you want something cut with CNC and they won't even think about putting it near a laser cutter.
Maybe David Trubridge should be given credit for this design, also. After all there is some coincidental similarity that obviously only could have been stolen from him.
This sort of kind of looks like David's. Just to be safe, let's make sure David Trubridge gets credit for this design, too.
I guess you could say that the lasercutter is the true bridge to quasi-geodesic, spherical pendant lamp design.
David Trubridge has been doing this for quite a while now:
CNC means "computer numerical control" -- which encompasses a laser cutter (unless he free-handed it with a laser...right).
"CNC" is often used as a shortening of "CNC milling machine" which irks the heck out of anyone who has operated a piece of CNC equipment (e.g. mill, lathe, laser cutter, punch press, waterjet, etc).
To say "CNC'd" is to say "I don't know how to communicate with people that actually produce my designs."
Yes, it was laser cut. On a CNC machine. Just not a CNC milling machine. Check out "Design for Manufacturability" by Bralla -- it's targeted at mechanical engineers, but has great process info for people who want to design things that can be made.
That's laser cut. Not CNC'd.