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Motor Driving: Pololu DRV8835 breakout

Motor Driving: Pololu DRV8835 breakout

A break-out for a break-out board! An ArtFAB breakout board for the handy Pololu DRV8835 bidirectional dual-motor driver.   ArtFab A4988 Breakout (adds headers, terminals and socket): The DRV8835:
Half-tone CNC Reliefs

Half-tone CNC Reliefs

Images from Self-Occlusion We propose a complete system for designing, simulating, and fabricating surfaces with shading due to self-occlusion that induce desired input images. Our work is based on a simple observation. Consider a cylindrical hole (a pit) in a planar surface. As the depth of the hole increases, the...
Fabrication Tidbit #3: Laser Origami

Fabrication Tidbit #3: Laser Origami

Pepakura + LaserCutter + 3D printer = laserOrigami  This system uses an elevated piece of material in the bed of a normal laser cutter. It cuts and heats to folds until it is in the desired form. Then the piece comes out already assembled.  
3pi: Tx boards master and slave v1

3pi: Tx boards master and slave v1

Tx board for x3pi robot. The master (bottom board) and a single slave (top board) allows for stereo high quality wireless audio transmission from a sound source, to a remote x3pi robot.
Koalas and Company Crest

Koalas and Company Crest

Material: 16 Gauge Sheet Bronze Design: Illustrator vector drawing on a Wacom tablet, imported into Rhino. Production Process: The drawing and text was engraved with a Whiteside 3/8″ 90 degree V-Groove Engraving Bit. The profile of the crest was cut out by hand with a jeweller’s saw. The crest was...
CNC Carving of Printmaking Woodblocks

CNC Carving of Printmaking Woodblocks

Milled Material: A 29×37″ sheet of White Birch Veneered Plywood, 1/2″ thickness, lightly hand sanded to 320 grit smoothness before and after milling. Software: Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Rhino/RhinoCAM Printmaking Techniques: Relief Print with Chine-Colle. Ink: Daniel Smith Lithography Ink modified with Magnesium Carbonate Papers: Thai Unryu, Kitikata, Kozo, Mulberry,...
Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) on the CNC Router

Printed Circuit Boards (PCBs) on the CNC Router

There are numerous ways to make printed circuit boards by applying a printed mask and etching them in a chemical like ferric chloride, but using the router can save a lot of time once you get over the learning curve and find the correct parameters. Additionally, you can mill the...
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Hello and welcome to the Carnegie Mellon University‘s School of Art Fabrication (ArtFab) Facilities. ArtFab is a cross-disciplinary facility dedicated to research and pedagogy and the intersection of digital and physical media and techniques.  ArtFab is a part of SIS (Sculpture, Instillation and Site-Specific) area of the School of Art.  ArtFab is located on the...

CMU ArtFab – 2014-09-23

New Year, Clean Room

With summer vacation fully underway, ArtFab blue is getting cleaned out and reorganized for another year of creating! (and we have new whiteboard tables!)

CNC Plaque Engravings

The CNC router is not only a powerful tool for building, but also a great way to prototype. As shown in the example below, techniques such as engraving and roughing have been employed to create a sample plaque. In this particular design, a botanical sketch of a fern is shown highlighted on a silhouette of...

Interactivity in Contemporary Dance

CMU ArtFab – 2014-05-05

CMU ArtFab – 2014-05-05

CMU ArtFab – 2014-05-05

CMU ArtFab – 2014-05-05

CMU ArtFab – 2014-05-05

CMU ArtFab – 2014-05-05

CMU ArtFab – 2014-04-11

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