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An open-source tool that allows anyone to design and build their own furniture, as well as share these within an online community.
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    1. Diatom Creator on April 29, 2011

      Hi Simone, thanks for your question. Our pledge rewards are not accumulative, so early access to the software is only available to those who opt to be collaborators with the $20 pledge reward. Phil, our collaborators will also become early members of the online community, which will launch shortly after the campaign finishes. Once the public release of SketchChair is finished, the community will also go public and anybody will be able to sign up.

      Emily, yes definately! Services like TechShop will be a great resource for SketchChair users, and we hope that we will be able to build connections with these within the SketchChair community.

      Alejandro, thank you for your interest in a personalised SketchChair collaboration, but unfortunately we do not have the resources to offer any more of these for the time being. We hope that we might be able to offer some more of these in the future, so keep an eye on SketchChair.cc for news about this.

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      Alejandro on April 28, 2011

      You can open another commitment of over $ 1.000
      Thanks!

    3. Simone D. on April 28, 2011

      Hi, I really like your project!
      I have a small question, if I pledge 25$ I will get a miniature and also I will able to try your software? Or I must to pledge 20$ to try the software?

      Thanks a lot!

    4. Emily Winston on April 27, 2011

      Do you know about TechShop in the States? It's like a gym membership for stuff like laser cutters and shopbots. Perfect fit!
      www.techshop.ws

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      Phil Hanson on April 19, 2011

      Perhaps determine the overall cost in time and effort to port it to iOS, the create a another campaign since this one was successful. I'd contribute again for that--I'm sure most iPad owners who supported this would as well.

      Now ... where is the SketchChair online community, hehe. Is this being created after the campaign?

    6. Diatom Creator on April 19, 2011

      Hello Phil, excited to have you on board!
      Thanks for the suggestion, we have considered putting SketchChair on the iPad, in exhibitions we've displayed the software on a Wacom Cintiq and on other touch screens and this works great! however since the software is written in Java it's more likely that you will see SketchChair on a Android tablet before the iPad.

      Hi Nick and Valya thank you for your words of support, can't wait to get the software out to you two.

      Valya, thank you for the nice comments!

    7. Nick Masso on April 19, 2011

      I need the funding process to finish so I can get my spiffy SketchChair software! :-) Can't wait!

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      Phil Hanson on April 18, 2011

      Say hello to your newest backer, though you reached your goal already. This is such an outstanding idea, I'm glad to be a part of it. It seems as if the program in your mock-ups is Mac. That works for me but have you considered an iPad app. I think something like this would be ideally suited for a touch based interface. I'd be willing to beta it. Anyway great project, good luck in all things. I plan on joining your online community shortly.

    9. Valya on April 16, 2011

      I'm excited to be a backer on this project, and very excited to see you've already exceeded your goal.

      As this project begins to flesh out, I see potential in ultimately customizable "chairing"/"furnituring" for craftsmen, artists, people with disabilities,and more, in the ability to make exact body shape and form "furnituring," even for a given situational use or area.

      This is a perfect example of how using innovative technologies, visionary thinking, and leadership skills take a flagship idea into quick, sensitive, and sensible action.

    10. Diatom Creator on April 16, 2011

      Hi Aaron, sorry but we are offering the SketchChair miniatures and the option of becoming a collaborator seperately. However, collaborators will also have access to the patterns for the miniatures, allowing them to cut their own if they like.

    11. Diatom Creator on April 16, 2011

      Hey everybody thanks for the complements! Great idea with the kinect Jim, we knew right away that SketchChair would be very suited to this. We have focussed on making a tool that is accessible to anybody, and so have avoided making a kinect specific tool, but we hope to look at this in the future!

      Rina, thanks for the feedback. In an earlier version of sketchChair we were doing some structural testing which would allow for testing different user weights in the program. This has been taken out for the time being as it was a little cumbersome but we hope to put it back in later. SketchChairs can already quite robust in ply, but it would be possible to easily make it stronger by using thicker ply or stronger materials. We realise that SketchChair could be a great tool for providing specialised chairs and stronger/larger than normal chairs would be a good example of this!

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      JK on April 14, 2011

      have you considered body scanning with kinects for better testing of the body in the chair?

    13. Damjan on April 14, 2011

      Congratulation!!!

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      Sanjay Prasad on April 14, 2011

      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 :)

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      Regan Baker on April 13, 2011

      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. :]

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      Michael Schwartz on April 13, 2011

      Congratulations on exceeding the funding goals. Can't wait to see this become a reality.

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      Rina on April 13, 2011

      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!

    18. Aaron Vanderbeek on April 13, 2011

      if i pledge 25$, do i have to choose between the miniature and becoming a collaborator? it would sure be nice to have both :)

    19. Ollie Palmer on April 10, 2011

      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.

    20. Diatom Creator on April 9, 2011

      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.

    21. Matt Nuzzaco on April 9, 2011

      This is a great project! Will you be hosting the code on github once the funding goal is achieved?

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      JK on April 9, 2011

      Will you have an export to gcode?

    23. Carla Diana on April 8, 2011

      Awesome project! I've been involved in downloadable design efforts for the last few years with my Directives line of furniture:
      http://bit.ly/ibVfMr
      http://bit.ly/hjsZwy

      It's been an exciting ride. I'm glad to see you guys pushing the envelope, and psyched to be a part of it.

    24. Jonathan Danforth on April 5, 2011

      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?!?!

    25. Tim Lalonde on April 3, 2011

      Just like being a kid again, waiting for Christmas day! Only way , way worse. almost there!

    26. steven outland on April 3, 2011

      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.

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      Michael Schwartz on April 2, 2011

      When you release the beta I will certainly cut some chairs on my Shopbot CNC and share any feedback I might have.

    28. Diatom Creator on April 1, 2011

      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!

    29. Eduardo Baroni on April 1, 2011

      Hey! I was just kidding, ok? No hard feelings. My best wishes for you.

    30. Eduardo Baroni on April 1, 2011

      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

    31. FurnLab on March 31, 2011

      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.

    32. Diatom Creator on March 30, 2011

      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.

    33. Michael Zick Doherty on March 30, 2011

      If we pledge $20 will we receive access to the prerelease now or when the project is backed?

    34. Grace on March 30, 2011

      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!

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      Crystal on March 30, 2011

      Awesome project! Good luck!

    36. Mathew Brunning on March 29, 2011

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    37. Diatom Creator on March 27, 2011

      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!

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      Michael Prescott on March 26, 2011

      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 !!!

    39. Andy McDonald on March 26, 2011

      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 ;-)

    40. Diatom Creator on March 24, 2011

      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.

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      arcady on March 24, 2011

      Hi, can you use this to make benches rather than just single-seat chairs? Great project, thanks!

    42. Jaime A Reyes on March 24, 2011

      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.

    43. Diatom Creator on March 24, 2011

      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.

    44. BG on March 23, 2011

      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.

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      Guy Marsden on March 23, 2011

      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?