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BIG congratulations with getting the funding! As a furniture and interior designer I'm very excited about being able to download the software and get designing :)
Oh my goodness! This is awesome. I'm an Interior Designer and have always dreamed of helping my clients create a "personal brand" for themselves and what better way than helping them create a custom piece of furniture. I can't wait to see this become a reality as well. :]
Congratulations on exceeding the funding goals. Can't wait to see this become a reality.
Just a quick note: Nothing in your materials here on Kickstarter mention taking into account weight limits. Some of us, especially out here in the U.S., are large and heavy. Since it's often difficult to find sturdy chairs for us in the first place, this would be a great service to have available. But if the weight limits are going to be determined by thin tabs of plywood, we won't be able to use this. Please discuss if the manufacturing operations could make these out of other materials, like thick solid lumber, or even metals. Thanks!
if i pledge 25$, do i have to choose between the miniature and becoming a collaborator? it would sure be nice to have both :)
i love this idea!!!!
What a cracking project. I love getting rapid-prototype parts back from the 3D printer, but think the technology will become much more interesting (and beneficial) once this tech isn't just available to people in wealthy institutions! Good job guys.
Hey thanks For all the questions and comments.
Matt, We'll either host SketchChair's source code on github, Google Code or Bitbucket.
Jim, We are exploring whether SketchChair will generate gcode but we think that it is generally better for the machine operator to generate the gcode using the software and settings tailored to the CNC machine.
Carla, thank you for the comment, nice project!
Jonathan, Sorry about the confusion but I'm afraid we need to stick to our plan on this one. The prototype release of SketchChair will be available to collaborator pledgers after the campaign is completed.
This is a great project! Will you be hosting the code on github once the funding goal is achieved?
Will you have an export to gcode?
Awesome project! I've been involved in downloadable design efforts for the last few years with my Directives line of furniture:
It's been an exciting ride. I'm glad to see you guys pushing the envelope, and psyched to be a part of it.
Hey there. I didn't realize that you weren't going to send out the software until the project finishes. :-(
Any chance that you'd release the software to the $20+ backers once you reach the funding goal instead? Pretty please with sugar on top?!?!
Just like being a kid again, waiting for Christmas day! Only way , way worse. almost there!
truly useful and expressional use of software. I have a chair design in works for your software and hope you guys will make use of it. I will share all the imput I can for your developement by cutting out designs on shopbot cnc. I look forward to seeing all the global design ideas . what a great concept that will surely happen.
When you release the beta I will certainly cut some chairs on my Shopbot CNC and share any feedback I might have.
Hi Jeffrey, thanks! Good questions - at the moment we have multiple export formats for the cutting paths: dxf, svg, pdf and are open to suggestions for more!
We're striving to make it possible to produce chairs straight from the program without any tedious manual editing. The software takes an adjustable kerf into account and it's also possible to add details to joints to compensate for bit radius and ensure a good fit. We're also looking at how we might add "nodes" to help with getting a snug joints. (http://blog.ponoko.com/2008/11/03/how-to-create-better-nodes/)
We are in discussion with regards to providing a direct portal to cutting from the software or SketchChair.cc, but we are unable to provide any details at the moment.
Hi Eduardo! none taken! Thank you for the support!
Hey! I was just kidding, ok? No hard feelings. My best wishes for you.
Congratulations for the great Idea. I am a furniture designer myself and you will ruin my career but thats ok. The idea deserves to be backed. Good luck guys
I have a few technical questions. No rush for the answers, just curious. Have you chosen a Rilke format yet? Also, will the software take bit radius/laser kerf into account or will that be up to the person actually cutting it out to compensate for? Also, are you creating some sort of direct portal to Ponoko/1000kgarages, or are they just your examples of existing places to get stuff cut out?
Great project! I look forward to seeing how it will change my work flow for cnc furniture.
Hi DoTank, as with all of our pledge rewards, we will realise these once the campaign finishes. We will give all our collaborators access to the software shortly after may 12th if we reach the funding goal.
If we pledge $20 will we receive access to the prerelease now or when the project is backed?
This is an amazing idea!! I think it truly makes design an accessible dream to individuals like me, who once thought that things like this (building your own furniture) could only be achieved through connections within an industry, an extensive knowledge of materials and physics, etc. Thank you for creating something so versatile and sharing it with others!
Awesome project! Good luck!
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Hi Michael and Andy, thanks for your questions and feedback.
We think that SketchChair will be suitable for making things beyond just chairs. The current system is not just limited to a straight extrusion of the sketch or a 'shadow graph'. Sections can be edited individually, and cross pieces are generated to produce a three dimensional surface. We want to explore a number of features for controlling the geometry of furniture in three dimensions. As you might be able to tell from our video, designs are not just limited to slot-form construction, but planar cross-pieces like a flat seat or back can also be added. We look forward to adding and testing features together with our collaborators, to work towards developing a powerful yet accessible modelling system.
We also have plans to explore other material features for chairs, like upholstering. We hope to post an update to describe this in more detail!
Will this software be able to do simple surfaces-of-revolution? or shaped parametric edges? It is unclear from the video whether this software does a simple shadow-graph-with-smoothing or it could be capable of something else.-- if it does, then I believe you actually have lightning in a bottle !!!
Think beyond chairs:: deck furniture, storage accessories, stools, book-cases, boxes, shelves, greenwalls, tree houses, gliders, kites, anything that is 3d w/structural framing !!!
Hey guys... the concept is great but I particularly like the open approach you are taking. I'm currently finishing a practice-based PhD that applies many of the same principles (eg: co-creation, generative design, on-demand production, distributed manufacture, etc) within the context of digitally printed textiles. I'm thinking it wouldn't be difficult to add the ability for customers to also create their own cushions / covers. Just a thought ;-)
Hi arcady, yes definitely! SketchChair designs can be of any scale, so you can make them as wide as you like. We have made a number of model benches, we put one of them in our video.
Hi, can you use this to make benches rather than just single-seat chairs? Great project, thanks!
I gotta say, nice concept... as a designer and engineer i'm usually left to my own devices to develop tools for my designs and products, it's wonderful to see someone developing tools that can give birth to such a wide breath of functional furniture.
Thank you Guy for the good question and Bret for your correct response! It is still a valid question however, as once the software is released anybody will be able to use it, not just Kickstarter backers.
As an entirely open-source system, there will not be any official procedures in place for marketing and selling SketchChairs. This will be entirely up to the author of the chair. SketchChair users will not be obliged to upload any of their designs to SketchChair.cc and are free to fabricate and do what they like with their designs.
Any designs uploaded to SketchChair.cc will be freely available to be used by anybody. We are still in the process of discussing how designs will be able to be sent to an online digital manufacturing service such as Ponoko. Currently there are no plans for people to be able to sell designs on SketchChair.cc.
If you read the Kickstarter FAQ you can't as a backer profit from backing a project and get no ownership in anything you back. You are becoming a backer not a part owner.
It's not clear whether designers of these chairs would be able to profit from their designs. What is the mechanism whereby they can market one of these designs?