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Video Instructions

Many of our current products are fairly large and bulky. Because shipping costs are function of volume, we are flat packing these products. That means that the user needs to assemble the product in their home. Assembly of our products isn't too difficult, but we do need to the user how to do it. We thought about making written instructions and including them in the packaging. But those instructions would be difficult to write in easy to understand way. And as they say, a picture is worth a 1000 words. So then a video is probably worth one million words. We decided to make our instructions videos. In the videos, we show the entire assembly of the product and talk about the different choices the user can make.

From SketchUp to Rhino

Here's the steps that I take to import a model built in SketchUp into Rhino.

From SketchUp to VCarve

One of the 3D modelling tools that I use for designing plywood furniture is SketchUp. The goal is to have the plywood cut by a CNC router. The software I’ve been using to create the g-code for the router is VCarve. Here’s the process I’ve been using to get the 3D model from SketchUp into VCarve.

Rhino to VCarve Process

I'm currently using Rhino5 and Grasshopper for making parametric designs for plywood furniture. The goal is to have the plywood cut by a CNC router. The software I've been using to create the g-code for the router is VCarve. Here's the process I've been using to get the 3D model from Rhino to a format that can be used within VCarve.

From SketchUp to Laser Cutting

Here I'll explain the workflow that I use to go from a 3D SketchUp model to printing on a laser cutter.

Classes on modeling

The folks at MakingSociety.com have put together a great list on the courses available for a variety of modelling tools. You can check it out at http://makingsociety.com/2013/11/round-up-of-online-3d-modeling-classes-for-prototyping-and-3d-printing/.