Discover Make: Design for CNC, our illustrated hands-on guide for making AtFAB furniture. Elevate your digital projects with this practical manual for CNC fabrication, digital techniques, and design thinking. Available at bookstores now.
e design simple, modern goods produced by networked, independent digital fabrication workshops. With every AtFAB design, we aim to dispense with the energy-intensive waste of global shipping, do away with middlemen and markups, and share open source files to fuel the ever-expanding maker movement. We created an entire furniture collection around materials, tools, and a means of production that is entirely digital from design to distribution to fabrication.
Each AtFAB furniture design features precise digital joinery and structural marquetry that belies the flatness of its original, plywood parts. Download a design file and fabricate your own enduring, digitally-crafted heirloom, or purchase a made-to-order version through our friends at Opendesk.
Goods a Whole New Way
AtFAB was born out of the tech-fueled, self-sufficiency that drives the maker movement. It began as a design exploration, uniting technological advances in design software and digital fabrication, with the industrious spirit of makers. AtFAB grew into a vision to radically transform our relationship to things. It aims to use design, digital files, and local, digital fabrication to deliver goods in a whole new way.
Instead of transporting goods worldwide from a central factory, we propose sending digital information globally in order to make things locally. This simple reversal can have massive consequence. Less energy consumption and environmental impact, new local job opportunities, and a direct connection between designers, fabricators, and customers.
AtFAB is a collection of furniture designs that you can make yourself, or have produced by any one of the next generation of digital smiths, wrights, coopers and mongers in your community. Keep in touch with us as we test new designs, engage fabrication advances, and develop parametric customization.
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Wherever you are in the world, commission a neighborhood fabrication workshop to fabricate your furniture to order, through OpenDesk’s powerful open making platform. OpenDesk connects consumers to local, qualified CNC workshops that make a curated furniture collection from local materials.
With Make: Design for CNC, learn the essentials of CNC fabrication and digital craftsmanship as you follow step-by-step illustrated instructions for making AtFAB designs. Choose your own materials, tweak the designs, and fabricate your furniture close to home at a neighborhood maker space. Join the next industrial revolution!
Designed to Customize
Every piece in the AtFAB collection is more than one size fits all. The furniture designs are a range of sizes. With the help of customization applets, you can tailor each design in the collection. Adjust a design to be taller, longer, shorter, or wider. Make a piece that fits the length of a room, suits a special event, or holds a treasured collection. For two designs, we offer demonstration applets that put the functionality of powerful, interactive parametric CAD tools in your hands. We invite you to try these two fully functioning parametric applets built with Processing. Download the apps. Tailor the dimensions, module, or shape of a piece, adjust for material thickness and width of a CNC toolpath. Then, produce a CAD file to fabricate your custom version.