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Techniques for Sketching

Making sketches of objects is a very effective way of communicating your ideas about shapes. This skill is one that anybody can build, and the more you draw, the better you will get at it.

To do these drawings, you just need a pencil and a piece of paper. An eraser is nice, but not essential.

The main drawing techniques for engineering are: Orthographic, Isometric, and Multi View Orthographic. By drawing an object using one or more of these techniques, you can communicate quite a bit about the shape, and how the parts relate to each other. Continue reading

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Intro to the Laser Cutter at AS220

James showed me how the laser cutter works at the AS220 Fab Lab in Providence RI.
He is demonstrating the laser cutter using a file that has four different line types, and cuts with both raster and vectors. The resulting little paper house has two depths of cuts in the vector, and two intensities of burns for the raster. Continue reading

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Paper Robot Hand

Kathy Ceceri was demonstrating a robot hand similar to this one at World Maker Faire 2012. She had several robotic projects that were similarly fascinating, and used regular materials. I talked with her about some of the neat designs and later, picked up a copy of her book Robotics: Discover the Science and Technology of the Future with 20 Projects.

After looking through her instructions, I modified them a bit to make my robot hand a bit more durable and consistent. My main changes were to trace my actual hand for the shape, and to add the paper backing, which makes the fingers fall back into place easily. Continue reading

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Glue Free Notepad

Rather than buying business cards to share information, you can make your own notecards. To do this project, you need a piece of paper, and a pair of scissors. You can print the paper beforehand to customize your notes with contact information, pictures, or other ideas.

With this technique, you can make a notepad that does not need glue or any other fasteners. These notepads can be made in just a few minutes, and use common materials. Continue reading

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