A wonderful post on taking an idea all the way from the design process to completion. Since my new year’s resolution this year to follow through, I’m finding this very inspiring.
I’ve been learning how to use the laser cutter at NextFab over the last few months. I’ve already posted about the laser cut Christmas ornaments that I made, but I also took on a larger project for the Holidays: I decided to make a toy windmill for my nephew who loves anything that spins, especially fans and gears. This turned out to be quite the design challenge, requiring several different versions and iterations – some of which never made it out of the computer.
Roughly speaking, I specified what I wanted in the design, created it in SketchUp, exported and touched it up in Illustrator, laser-cut it out, and finally sanded and glued pieces together. I actually went through the full process twice, but many steps required several more passes.
Windmill Design Goals
- It is a wooden toy
- It can be assembled by hand by a young child
- The windmill blades spin
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