Test Configurator is Live!

This is a mockup of the lamp configurator I’m putting together for my line of “Urchin” lamps. When its finished, people will be able to set up their own lamp the way they want it, see how much it will cost, and buy it using paypal – all through the same online tool.

The mockup opens in a new window since I haven’t figured out how to embed processing into wordpress yet. Use the sliders on the left to control options like scale and materials. The resulting size and price is shown on the right. You can’t buy laps with this configurator yet so the “make it” button doesn’t do anything. This is currently tested and working in firefox on both mac and windows. Its  working in chrome on windows, but not on mac (at least not on mine).

I’m still working out the kinks in the back end, so the pricing is not accurate yet. Stay tuned for the official release coming up soon! If you absolutely need to buy an Urchin lamp right now, check out the one size available in the Ponoko store!


New Lamp Design: Artichoke






New Birch Veneer Prototype!

Urchin Lamps are now available in Wood Veneer!

New Floor Lamp Prototype!

Finally, this one is available for purchase in the ponoko store!

Look for more models coming to the ponoko store soon!

New desk lamp prototype





Chrysalis – Maker Stories #1

What would you use Chrysalis for?

That’s the question I have been asking each person who has backed my project on kickstarter . Listed below are the best answers so far, in no particular order.  I will continue to post the really outstanding ones on this blog and on BIOS in the weeks to come, so stay tuned!
Quoted directly from kickstarter backers’ comments:


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“My partner and I have designed a series of customizable furniture objects (http://www.filson-rohrbacher.com/atfab.html). We designed the furniture to be parametrically transformed, exported into 2D cut files, downloaded for local CNC fabrication, and finished and assembled by a user. We’ve managed to design transformations in Grasshopper, and are in the process of (slowly) making it happen with Processing. But, really, Chrysalis is our holy grail that would help us more immediately realize the co-design process that’s really important to us and the project.”

Anne Filson - Filson and Rohrbacher Architecture


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“I want to be able to visualize data sets in 3D to create data embodied objects. ”

-David Bellona, Brooklyn, NY
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“Community involvement in public architecture, is another purpose that comes to my mind. So say the city of SF was going to contract the construction of a new sculpture in the park, The designer could create the basic forms, materials, construction methods, etc., and allow the citizens to manipulate a few variables to taylor it more to their liking. The designer could then consider the possibilities from public input, and create a hybrid product from their considerations. A more democratic form of public works can be achieved this way. I would definitely pitch it to the city… once it exists.

-Slate Werner, Santa Barbara, CA
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Check out the Chrysalis project on kickstarter here

Chrysalis Update!

In response to overwhelming request to offer something more suited for the designer/maker, I’ve added the new “Collaborator” reward to my kickstarter project for $75.


Take this opportunity to show the world what you will make with Chrysalis, and drive more traffic to your site by linking to it from ours!

I’ve also reduced the price of my largest reward to $2500 from $5000! The “True Believer” includes implementation of a fully operational mass customization web app, hosted on the Fabripod site or on your own, and includes incorporation of one of the online maker APIs like Shapeways or Ponoko! It’s a pretty amazing deal!

Please spread the word about this new reward!

Link to project: http://t.co/aikHgFnz

Kickstarter Project Launched!

Interface Design – First pass

Here’s a sneak-peek at the processing sketch currently in the works for our lamp design interface!

The “lotus” design is shown here.

Second Physical Prototype – Lotus

This lamp will be available for sale as a static model soon, from my ponoko showroom!

see http://www.ponoko.com/showroom/Fabripod

I am currently doing R&D on the design of the creases that add stiffness to the “petals”.

Watch this space for updates!