That said, every once in a while someone creates something that is not just useful, but looks great and is kinda cool. Steve just did that, and gave me permission to tell you all about it! Ready? Read on …
What Steve created is a stylish holder for his Apple Watch strap collection. It was something he wanted and needed, but as important it gave him some much-needed experience with a variety of tools, processes and techniques that he had yet to fully explore.
From the man himself:
Backstory: I needed to do a practical exercise on the Tormach, so I came up with something with a couple of facing operations, a bunch of pockets, and a chamfer pass. The original plan was just a bunch of nonsense shapes with arbitrary cuts, then I decided I may as well make it usefully nonsensical, and make it be a tray for watch bands.
Steve modelled his project in Fusion 360. (Protospace has a fantastic 3D CAD course about Fusion360 run by Danny, check out the discussion lists and the upcoming classes on the school.protospace site for the next one!)
Using a parametric design tool like Fusion allowed Steve to quickly prototype and get dimensions perfect on the laser. Fusion also provided the CAM toolpaths.
Next step was to move over to the Tormach CNC to mill in aluminium.
Once the CNC had done its job, Steve didn’t want to keep the shiny look and wanted a different finish, so moved over to the sandblaster (or bead-blasting; the box is loaded with glass beads right now).
So to recap, Steve designed, prototyped, milled and finished all at Protospace. Pretty cool, right?
Here it is again in all its glory …
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