We recently worked with Claxton Blinds Ltd London, designing and producing a prototype component that can be retro fitted into their blind units. We used the 3D printing bureaux service at Makernow to 3D print (or Rapid Prototype) the part in white ABS Nylon. We used Rapid Prototyping as it’s a quick and low-cost production process, enabling us to produce an accurate, durable and close fit component for testing and proof of concept. After testing we will revise the CAD design for injection moulding optimisation as Claxton Blinds envisage that they will be producing a large run in order to fit all their past and present commercial blind units in the UK.
We used Rapid Prototyping as it’s a quick and low-cost production process, enabling us to produce an accurate, durable and close fit component for testing and proof of concept.
After testing we will revise the CAD design for injection moulding optimisation as Claxton Blinds envisage that they will be producing a large run in order to fit all their past and present commercial blind units in the UK.
Makernow is a digital fabrication laboratory (Fab Lab) based in the Design Centre at Falmouth University in Cornwall. As a resource of people and digital equipment Makernow aims to inspire and support individuals, communities or businesses who want to use digital tools to achieve their goals. Whether it’s a prototype product, a one-off artwork, a device to solve a local problem, or simply something you have always wanted to make, Makernow can help.
Makernow aims to be as inclusive as possible and provides support and access to digital design & fabrication facilities for individuals, Community Groups, and Commercial Businesses. As part of the international Fab Lab network we provide free and open access to our services for individuals or community groups on the understanding that the work undertaken is then published on-line and made freely available for others to access and use.
Oliver is proud to be a part of the Makernow team adding his design experience into the creative mix.
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I was lucky enough to visit the Science Museum while this was on show.
It was like being in the Matrix, very eery experience but at the same time mesmerising, strange to be hearing intermittent thoughts of random people on the internet in real time both funny and sometimes tragic.
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We were very lucky to have had the latest production by The Paper Cinema come to the Tolmen Centre, Cornwall. Using a magical blend of live animation and music, we were taken through an adaptation of the Greek poem Odyssey. The interplay of intricate pen and ink puppets, creative lighting and camera work, projected onto a large screen was spellbinding. Being able to see the puppeteers working their magic just off stage was the only clue that you weren’t watching something that was pre recorded and post produced. It’s well worth catching if it’s on in your area, it’s not something you get to see everyday…or well ever.
It’s not everyday you get to meet royalty. In fact, we’ve never had the pleasure to be in the same vicinity of royalty, so we were very excited to have been given the opportunity to meet HRH Duke of Gloucester at the new ‘Unwrapping the Past’ exhibition at the Royal Cornwall Museum.
As a patron of the British Museum, one of the contributors to the gallery he was invited to experience all the new exhibition has to offer. We had great pleasure in demonstrating to him the very popular ‘Mummy Factory’ interactive we designed and built as part of the suite of interactive displays we produced for the museum.
During our recent trip to London to watch the Olympics (we were lucky enough to witness super Saturday!), we stumbled upon this mean chap! He was part of an exhibition at the Business Design Centre in Islington and was developed by David Cerny for the Czech Olympic Committee. I wouldn’t like to make him angry!
There is something about Thomas Hetherwick’s work with which we can really connect with. After his amazing creation of the London 2012 Olympic cauldron, we were keen to find out more about his past work. Here is a quick round-up by the man himself at a TED talk, inspiring stuff I think you’ll agree.
Well it’s been a long poor summer for surf this year and to fill in that gap of surf stoke we had a stab at making our first ever surfing hand planes! I think the results speak for themselves and we’re quietly(!) chuffed with our first attempts. The wood is Poplar with Ash and Walnut centre stringers clamped up into blanks using polyurethane glue.
The hand straps were made from old snapped surfboard leashes fixed onto the planes with stainless steel fixings.
As they say the board is in there somewhere you just have to find it!