Monthly Archives: August 2009

The Sacred Mandala

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Diabetes iphone apps

I have been tying out diabetes log for iPhone. The uploading and writing in can get a bit tedious. Anyone out there willing to share thoughts or experiences about these app things for diabetes?

I feel we are turning a corner with technology for self management. Not that the medical lot are on to it.

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Free syllabi and teaching materials

Lots of energy, good stuff for entry level teachers.

Nathan: Thoughts

This is a series of free syllabi and teaching materials to help instructors teach students key topics for the future. These courses are studio courses, meant to teach students by making and doing, instead of merely reading and regurgitating. These syllabi are ready-to-use but can easily be customized for different situations. They are primarily created for design and business programs at the graduate and undergraduate level but can be adopted for teaching to most any audience at most any level.

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Multicam CNC routing machines

Multicam CNC routing machines, routers, flat bed routers & engraving tables

The Multicam M-I CNC Routing machine is a fully featured CNC routing machine with 3D capability designed for small to medium size work in a variety of materials. It offers advanced features and flexibility suited to manufacturers in many diverse industries.

In small business you have to be versatile and fast. The Multicam M-I has been engineered to suit the needs of small business manufacturers. Two jobs are rarely alike. In the course of a single day you may be cutting aluminium, brass, plastic, timber, foam sheet or performing 2D/3D engraving. The jobs may vary from complex 3 dimensional engraving to cut out acrylic letters. The Multicam M-I handles them all with minimal turn-around time and minimal setup effort.

The Multicam M-I CNC Router is easy to learn. Using our Toolpath program your existing software, or a software program of your choice, is connected to the M-I. Programs such as CASmate, Enroute, AutoCAD, ARTcam, SignLAB and CorelDraw! are a popular choice. Every feature required to quickly turn your design in to a 2D or 3D router ready file is available in our Toolpath program.

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The Wood Works Book & Tool Co

Home (The Wood Works)

The Wood Works Book & Tool Co. in Sydney, Australia, is an independently owned web and mail-order supply company specialising in fine hand tools and wood working books. We supply the woodworking trades, professional artisans, enthusiasts, schools and higher education institutions across Australia and the world.Our web site is one of the richest sources of information available on-line with more than 8,000 items listed.

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Machines4u

Machines4u – Australia’s No.1 Online Machinery Market

Welcome to Machines4u, Australia’s dedicated new and used machinery market. Sell your Machinery for just $39 Buyers: Join for free to find & compare & buy new and used machinery Australiawide.

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Businesses supplying: Woodworking Machinery – CNC Machine

CNC Machine – Woodworking Machinery suppliers at Machines4u.com.au

Viewing ‘6’ Businesses supplying: Woodworking Machinery – CNC Machine
Cut'n'rout Pty Ltd Cut’n’rout Pty Ltd
Cut’n’rout Pty.Ltd. is a representative of Thermwood Corporation (USA) and its CNC machinery. This appointment made by Akela Pty Ltd allows Cut’n’rout to distribute, implement and support the wide range of 3 to 5 axis Thermwood routers throughout the Australian market……. more

Bayswater, VIC

GEM Systems Australasia GEM Systems Australasia
Our Company: GEM Systems manufactures Large Format Nested Based CNC Router, Laser, Plasma and specialty CNC Profile Cutting Systems for a wide variety of applications from our plant in Victoria, Australia. Using innovative techniques, we produce quality computer controlled precision equipment that…… more

Tullamarine, VIC

J C Walsh Woodworking Machinery J C Walsh Woodworking Machinery
J C Walsh was established in 1959 as a power tool repair Company and in 1981 branched into selling and repairing woodworking machines. All of our used machines are offered for sale fully reconditioned and guaranteed. We have an extensive range of new and used spare parts for a wide range of ma…… more

Airport West, VIC

Leitz Tooling Systems Pty Ltd Leitz Tooling Systems Pty Ltd
Leitz is one of the global leading manufacturers of precision tools for professional wood, fibre cement and plastics processing. The Leitz Group currently employs 3,700 people who in 2007 generated sales of about 260 million euro. Leitz Australia has offices and service centres in Melbourne,…… more

Bayswater, VIC

Leuco Australia Pty Ltd Leuco Australia Pty Ltd
Leuco Australia Pty. Ltd. is the ideal partner for those who value innovative solutions to grow and develop your business. From high precision tooling systems through to the home hobbyists we have the answer. Our range of products cover wood, composite products, plastics, aluminium and ferrous meta…… more

Braeside, VIC

Platinum Machinery Platinum Machinery
Platinum Machinery offer a wide range of quality woodworking machinery and equipment to suit the modern cabinetmaker or shopfitter. With the latest technology competitivly priced and backed up with quality service, Platinum Machinery can offer your business a competitive manufacturing edge……. more

Cambellfield, VIC

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CNC router

Multicam 11 , Flatbed/Nesting CNC's, J C Walsh Woodworking Machinery
Used Multicam 11 for sale: J C Walsh Woodworking Machinery -Flatbed/Nesting CNC’s

Multicam 11 – $24,500* AUD – VIC

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Building a CNC machine from cutting boards and printer parts

The best CNC project machines – Hack a Day

Since CNC machines are usually somewhat pocket intensive, we put together a series of How-To’s for Engadget on building a CNC machine from cutting boards and printer parts. Check out part 1, part 2 and part 3 of the build.

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CNC wood router

CNC wood router – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

A CNC wood router uses CNC (computer numerical control) and is similar to a metal CNC mill with the following differences:
  • The wood router typically spins faster — with a range of 13000 to 24,000 RPM
  • It typically uses smaller tools — typical shank size 20 mm or at most 25 mm.
  • It typically uses smaller toolholders MK2 (Morse taper #2 – on older machines),ISO-30, HSK-63 or the tools just get held in a collet tool holder affixed directly to the spindle nose. ISO-30 and HSK-63 are rapid-change toolholding systems. HSK-63 has begun to supplant the ISO-30 as the rapid change standard in recent years.

A wood router is controlled in the same way as a metal mill, but there is a lot of CAM software like Artcam, Mastercam, and Featurecam specifically for wood routers.

Wood with different grain must be approached with unique strategies, and wood CAM software is less likely to need to have hog-out strategies than the metal ones. Wood routers are frequently used to machine other soft materials such as plastics at high speed.

Typical three-axis CNC wood routers are generally much bigger than their metal shop counterparts. 5′ x 5′, 4′ x 8′, and 5′ x 10′ are typical bed sizes for wood routers. But can be built to accommodate very large sizes up to, but not limited to 12′ x 100′. Most table routers use a three motor drive system (xyz) utilizing either servo or stepper motors that drive the router motor via a gantry system. The gantry system isolates the XYZ movement in the top part of the machine with a stationary table holding the workpiece. Many CNC metal mills have the cutter motor moving on the Z axis, and a table which moves in X and Y for added stability.

Many wood routers can run at machining speeds of 25 metres/min (linear) or faster with a few machines such as the Anderson capable of 40 metres/min, Onsrud capable of 86 metres/min.

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Melbourne school of fine woodworking

Melbourne School of Fine Woodworking – Home

melbourne school of fine woodworking (msfw) is a not for profit organisation located at Box Hill in Melbourne’s eastern suburbs.

We provide ongoing daytime and evening tutor groups, specialist workshops and project based courses in fine furniture making for beginners through to experienced woodworkers.

Professional designers and furniture makers teach students in small classes with an emphasis on using hand tools and techniques. Our facilities include a workshop equipped with workbenches and hand tools for each student and a separate machine room.

We welcome applications from anyone wishing to broaden their skills and design and make furniture for their own enjoyment in a supportive environment. Previous woodworking skills are not necessary, but success in fine furniture making does require patience and attention to detail.

Please click on ‘tutor group vacancies’ to view our current list of places available.

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Producing a Prototype with a Roland MDX Milling Machine

Easy mill explanation. But also this is a good link to the Roland youtube channel.

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Desktop Roland CNC mill


MDX-20/15

Seeing your ideas take shape has always been the dream of the 3D designer. Today’s powerful, lower-cost CAD workstations and software help make this dream a reality as never before. The reality is, however, it can still take days or weeks to go from a CAD drawing to having a part, mold, or prototype. But not any longer. Now Roland’s MDX-20 and MDX-15 put you in control with the power of 3D scanning and milling on your desktop.

Easy-to-use and compatible with many popular 3D CAD software programs, the MDX-20/15 is an affordable, all-in-one scanning and milling device, perfect for a variety of product design tasks, from model and jewelry making to molds, rapid prototyping, small lot production and package design. Use it to test and modify your designs, reducing errors, time and cost.

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3D printer

3D printers and rapid prototyping

What is the difference between
an RP machine and a 3D printer?

The flippant answer is, “about $50,000.”
3D printers are really just lower-cost, somewhat less-capable, rapid prototyping machines. These days they sell at prices in the $10,000 to $25,000 range rather than the $60,000 (and up – way up) associated with their big brothers. With recent price cuts, it’s possible to buy a Solido LOM-based machine for less than $10,000, or a Dimension, FDM-based uPrint system for less than $15,000. Buyers who are willing and able to build a kit can be in business today for just a few hundred dollars. 3D printers have some additional, generally-agreed-upon defining characteristics:

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Z-Corp printers



Rapid Prototypes / CAD

Leading product designers and entire teams of engineers use Z Corporation 3D printers on a daily basis to produce a high volume of realistic prototypes quickly, easily, and inexpensively for a wide range of specialized applications, including:

* Concept Models
* Finite Element Analysis
* Presentation Models
* Functional Testing
* Packaging Development

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Rapid prototyping


Rapid prototyping – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Rapid prototyping is the automatic construction of physical objects using additive manufacturing technology. The first techniques for rapid prototyping became available in the late 1980s and were used to produce models and prototype parts. Today, they are used for a much wider range of applications and are even used to manufacture production-quality parts in relatively small numbers. Some sculptors use the technology to produce complex shapes for fine arts exhibitions.

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Stereolithography Machines

Rapid Prototyping Machines, Stereolithography Machines – ProtoCAM

ProtoCAM uses two SLA-7000 stereolithography machines to help customers to reduce costs and lead-times. The SLA-7000 builds up to 3 times faster than the previous model (it replaced the SLA-5000.) This increase in speed significantly reduces the time and cost for large scale SLA models and helps you to build more options of smaller designs in a fraction of the time. The SLA-7000 also has the largest build envelope of all of ProtoCAM’s stereolithography machines: 20″ x 20″ x 23″

Excellence in Rapid Prototyping thru the SLA-7000

Excellence in Rapid Prototyping thru the SLA-3500

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Images of workshops

Pictures from a visit to the workshops at RMIT here.

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The Story of the Cat

I go into town by train with my kids. We all get off together and walk to their school. I then keep walking past their school and head for work.

In effect I walk to work everyday. I walk past this one shop where there is a cat in the window. Yesterday I took a picture of her.

I took another picture of her today.

I am now on this journey of taking cat pictures. Or not.

Pictures apart I am keen to give her a name. Take a good look at her.

Do you think she is a Mehitabel? I think not.

Is she as she? I think so.

Is she a Ginger, Tabby, Tabitha or just Jo?

Do you have any suggestions?

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BGL system options

Today we looked at BGL system options and sketched a schematic that focussed upon information management. This would give us a good idea of the hardware and software requirements of the products in the system.

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Lifescan’s New Diabetes iPhone App

Dont know if ist just the photos in this post – but doesn’t look as impressive as some of the other stuff. Too complicated?

» Lifescan’s New Diabetes iPhone App – DiabetesMine: the all things diabetes blog

lifescan-iphone

While I was off at spin class this morning, I’ve been bombarded with emails about this exciting announcement at the iPhone OS 3.0 preview event going on now:

Lifescan has unveiled an iPhone application that lets users upload glucose readings from their connected blood glucose monitors to their iPhone. “The meter will transmit your data over Bluetooth or the dock connector,” according to the device experts over at Engadget, who are liveblogging the event. Cool! I believe it’s the OneTouch Ping model we’re talking about here, based on the posted photos and the fact that that meter is already wireless-enabled.

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Apps for diabetics

Three very good looking apps for the iphone.
iPhone MD: Three useful Apps for diabetics

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For those living with Diabetes, the App Store has three Apps which can aid diabetics in keeping tabs of their daily activities:

Diabetes Log

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Diabetes Log was developed by Chris Ross, a Type-1 diabetic who desired a convenient application that tracked all of his daily information. This App keeps tabs of food, glucose, and medicine intake. Ross promises new features in the future, including exporting records via email and editing medication types. (App Store; Free for a limited time)

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Nissan’s electric cars


The past and the future of Nissan’s electric cars: from 1947 to iPhone apps — Autoblog Green

Nissan has made a big splash in the electric car world with its recent Leaf unveiling, but let’s not forget that the company has a long, long history with engine-free motoring. A new press release put out by the Japanese automaker quotes Michael Crichton’s Jurassic Park novel (seriously) for extra cred while looking back at the first all-electric vehicle in the corporate history book: the 1947 Tama Electric Car (pictured). That EV used lead acid batteries to go an easy 22 mph and had an astonishing range of 40 miles. It was sold in post-war Japan for three years. Other EVs from the history books described after the jump: the Prairie EV, the Altra EV (known as the R’nessa EV in Japan) and the Hypermini. Quite a lineup

Looking forward for what might be coming in the upcoming Leaf all-electric vehicle and Nissan’s other EVs, the company is reportedly developing an iPhone application that will allow owners to check in on the battery’s state of charge as well as operate the car’s air conditioning and heating system. Why would you want to do this? Similar to the automatic cabin cooling that happens with the solar roof option in the 2010 Prius, a remote climate control app means you can tell the car to use the grid’s energy to get the car to a comfortable temperature before getting in, saving energy in the battery for more momentum. Perhaps Nissan has learned something after six decades of EV work?

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On Form and Design

I have now been teaching form and design for the better part of two decades. In this period I have had occasion to try various methods, exercises and theories of form development. So I went in to teach today and spoke of the background, the pitfalls of the ‘trade’ mindset in design, and of the pure-design in the project. I then connected the Japanese calligrapher, Zaha Hadid, the chef, the film maker (John Woo). I attempted to give the students a language to function in a world of form – genre, kitsch, … TBC. More on this in time.

On Hot and Cold Design

Cold doesn’t do anything, hot bother you(Stellarc). Cold is a focus upon a goal, hot is a capture of a dynamic creative process.

On the Transverse and Longitudinal in the Design Project

Transverse: 1:100, exploration, risk, unexpected, recall value, Buck, modelling

Longitudinal: Rendering, CAD, model making, prototype making, engineering

On Design by Drawing and the Table:

Discusses the context of the table (Saffer) as the location that has defined the aspects of the practices of design: stylized object drawing, CAD, model making. Then talks about how these three have replaced form and the space for the exploration of the visual and the aesthetic.

On letting Material Speak

I said that I was seeing a ‘laboured’ drawing, a contrived sketch and pretty much evidence of design done with a heavy heart. No joy in this. The answer is for the material to speak – to prove the point that they were being domineering and controlling with the design I contrasted two things: one, the need to get permits to travel to Arnhem Land and the clash of cultures in the Indians hurst incidents.

  1. Bamboo
  2. Lycra
  3. Beach
  4. Plasticine, Dough
  5. Paper, Card

Understanding hi-design versus kitsch

  1. The analogy of food: KFC drum stick versus french cuisine.
  2. Talking about cinema: John Woo, Ozu, Brother Bear versus Harvey Crumpet
  3. Crown versus Hyundai Excel

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HAUTE*NATURE

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HAUTE*NATURE

Ecologically based creative ideas, art & green products for your children, home and lifestyle……..an eco guide blending high style with sustainability.

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