World’s first “origami” kayak sets sail out of TechShop SF

Designer and Oru Kayak founder Anton Willis grew up in rural Mendocino County, with easy access to rivers, lakes, and the ocean. In 2008, a move into a small San Francisco apartment forced his fiberglass kayak into storage. Inspired by an article on new advances in the art and science of origami, Willis sketched a …

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Meet ProDesign 3D, a custom design/build firm for exacting boatbuilding customers.

Behind the scenes, ShopBot Tools custom-designs and builds ProDesign’s CNC solutions to ensure smooth sailing.

If pictures are indeed worth about a thousand words each, let’s start this journey via a visual trip to Marseilles, where France’s ProDesign 3D customizes designs and builds boats, catamarans and yachts for dozens of leading boatbuilders, and also designs …

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Back to Boats …

During this somewhat strung-out MAKEcation I’ve been working on my boat project as well as the art project. Just digging out and cleaning up my previously described, 16-year-old pram project has been a job in itself. But I’ve started cutting a few needed parts and sloshing around a bit of epoxy to move the boat-building …

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Experimenting with an Art Form

Painted Relief, or Painted Bas-Relief, is an method that dates to the beginning of art history. It’s not an art form that gets a lot of attention. But given my interests and the tools I have at hand, it’s been one that I’ve wanted to explore for years (admittedly, suggesting this project is ‘art’ may …

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Only a Little Late Getting Started …

Sketchup model of Bill's Exmore, VA shop.

Here's the street view.

Well, I’m only about a month late getting started on my MAKEcation! I’ve been bogged down by all those small projects at ShopBot that just seemed too important to leave unfinished. Bill Young and I also spent some time on developing resource …

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Plotting a MAKEcation …

ShopBot has been keeping me pretty busy … for years. It’s been a long time since I’ve taken a real vacation. Well … I’m not really the type that relaxes just doing nothing, but I have been wanting to take some time to do something a little different for me.

Different would be using a …

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A ShopBotting Dinosaur Evolves

I’ve probably been making things with a ShopBot as long as anyone, except of course for Ted. I got one of the first tools…so early in ShopBot’s history that Ted came to my shop to help put my ShopBot together!… but by the end of the first week had already cut the parts for …

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