Slice and Carve: The Next Wave in Computer-Aided Creativity
Laser- Cutting technology is largely 3-D printers. But Dan Shapiro, Glowforge\'s chief executive, said the next generation of laser cutting machines has broad potential. Desktop space next to Seattle computers first welcome paper printers and then make room for three people You can change the size printer of any shape from the plastic wire shaft. New equipment including laser cutting machines and computers Controlled milling machines coming out of the industrial workshop, plant themselves on the table top. The wave of new machines brings a new level of precision to those who make objects from leather wallets to lights to circuit boards into careers or hobbies. This is part of a familiar topic in the tech world. Computers help transform expensive, complex machines used by a few people, and make it easier for many to reach them. Designers, artisans, tinkers of the creative type took it from there. Dan Shapiro says your creativity is no longer limited by tools One of the founders and CEO Glowforge In the SoDo industrial zone in Seattle, laser cutting machines are being developed. Glowforge operates in a cave-like warehouse next to the cannabis processing center, where it has created a prototype of a desktop laser cutter that is scheduled to be sold for around $2,000, much cheaper than similar machines. The device described by Glowforge, Mr. Shapiro said 3- D. The laser printer will be equipped with software that is easier to operate than the laser cutting machine. Laser cutting machines have been around for decades and are used in industrial manufacturing applications to carve or cut through almost any material you can think of, including steel, plastic and wood. The computer- The controlled laser in it performs precise cutting, which, in addition to highly skilled craftsmen, is almost unimaginable by hand. Over the years, these machines have become smaller and smaller, and more ordinary people can use them, mainly through Called makerspaces, open facilities for designersit- Lovers and others of their own, sometimes living in school, sometimes privately owned. These machines have developed strong followers among jewelry manufacturers, printing manufacturers and other artisans, many of whom have hung wooden tiles on craft websites such as Etsy. In fact, makerspaces reported that they are often overwhelmed by the need for laser cutting machines, using 3- D. The printer is slow, the materials that can be used are more limited and sometimes difficult to operate. Nadeem Mazan) chief executive angerawesome, makerspace is in Cambridge. He said that three laser cutting machines in his factory are 3-D printers. Chris DiBona, Google\'s engineering director, said laser cutting machines have been in use and he described makerspace at his daughter\'s school. The laser cutting machine is so fast that it is easy to make an object, adjust its design, and create something new, he said. Mr. Glowforge DiBona is an individual investor, but Google does not. The start- Up has raised more than $1 million. Mr. Shapiro, who worked at Google and Microsoft, said he was determined to make the laser cutting machine easier to use. The price of good laser cutting machines is usually around $10,000, but cheaper laser cutting machines can be found online from China. The lack of sufficient cutting capacity and safety features, Shapiro said. To reduce costs, Glowforge has found ways to replace complex software with expensive hardware components. The camera in the laser cutting interior and the image processing in the cloud will replace the part that usually determines the way the laser cutting material is done, called the motion planner. Mr. Mazen says he has been looking for devices like Glowforge but has failed. In my experience, \"he said,\" it\'s not only very useful, but it\'s the main thing I\'m looking for right now. The creative possibilities shown by the artist To Glowforge, sir. Last week, Shapiro took out his wallet, a beautiful leather case with hand stitching at the seams. He made it himself on the laser cutter with about $2 material. Then, he put a piece of cowhide in Glowforge and sent a design for the cover of a moleske notebook to the machine from the iPad. When the laser cutter burns the stitching hole on the leather, the light pulse begins to glow inside, followed by a rectangular cut-out that forms the outer edge of the notebook cover. That machine, sir. Shapiro said that there is still about a year before the shipment, about the size of a wide suitcase. Laser cutting machine is best for creating 2- D objects, although they can also be used to generate more complex 3- D. flat pieces, such as lamps or sculptures, assembled later by cutting. Another start- Up, another machine company in San Francisco, has created a device, another factory, and it works like a reverse 3-D printer. Instead of building a 3- Create D objects by creating a material layer as 3- The D printer does this, and another factory uses a rotary drill to cut wood, metal, or plastic blocks. The machine costs $2,199 and weighs about 16 pounds, so it can walk around in a car. Danielle Applestone, chief executive of other machines, said the company had sold the machine to a chocolate maker on which it grinded wax molds for candy She says people don\'t get the technical reasons for making tools in their daily lives. Gregg Wygonik, a designer who works for Microsoft, bought a different factory to patch up personal projects in his garage. He cut the circuit board with it and ground a sculpture with wax. Mr. Wygonik says computers The control milling machine is usually hard- The type of core engineer, but not the type of other factory. They have removed this advantage and made it very accessible, he said. More is the use of these tools for artistic purposes and creativity. It\'s hard to imagine that desktop manufacturing tools will become really massive -- Products on the market, especially those that are relatively expensive. When it\'s so convenient to shop for them, how many people really want to buy them to make their own handbags and iPhone cases? Mr. Shapiro says he believes there are a lot of people who are eager to make more things in life, but they just lack tools. Like we are all eating fast food, he said, we have forgotten how to cook. A version of this article appears on the printed matter of 02/16/2015 and appears on the B5 page of The New York edition with the title: a new round of cutting and carving machines.