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Making parts so you can make mechanisms
My friend Dominic Muren from my days at Carnegie Mellon is now a professor and coordinator of the Design Studies program at the University of Washington. He gave a great talk at the Seattle dorkbot on Digital Fabrication – more specifically, creation and fabrication techniques that are accessible to you and me, not just big companies. He also leads a consultancy called The Humblefactory and authors a complimentary blog at Humblefacture.
This talk is just about making parts, not mechanisms really. However, mechanisms are made up of parts! So if you can make some of your own parts with the techniques he describes, you can then form them into assemblies. I’ll cover these creation and fabrication methods (and more) in Chapter 10: Making Things and Getting Them Made.