“…And they never made anything again…” -Alex Bandar, Director/Founder of The Columbus Idea Foundry
So, the ReFab Brand Arcade Machine is up and running. We are technically in the “testing” phase. We want to figure out the final layout of the controls and pare down the list of games so selecting a new one is not so overwhelming. It has become a big hit around the shop, and finding willing test subjects is not problem. Now we just need to figure out how to get anything done with this thing around…
Here are some images of a product we are prototyping for large scale production. One of the services we are proud to offer at ReFab is prototyping, whether its a product for production or an invention you need help working on. We would love to help you with your prototype design. Read more
We have been using the Columbus Idea Foundry’s Shopbot CNC Router to make a prototype of an arcade cabinet. It is made with black melamine, it has a 27″ monitor, and cupholders!
Here are pictures of our Bicycle Generator in progress. It will power a TV by pedaling a recumbent style bicycle. The user sits in a chair and watches the screen while generating electricity. It is being built as an exhibit, but could be adapted for individual use. Read more
The old tenants left their sign in the building, so we decided to use it to make our own sign, quick and cheap. First we ground down to the bare aluminum. Then we projected the image on to the aluminum and used a sharpie to mark where to plasma cut. Then we plasma cut and hung it up outside, and threw in some color changing LEDs from Lowes. Not bad for one nights work and $20! Read more
The Columbus Idea Foundry has a Shopbot CNC Router. We have decided to make a monitor and keyboard mounting solution that more accurately displayed what we and the Shopbot are capable of. Here is the second stage of prototyping…
We built and installed this sign for a brand new company in Cincinnati called Cincy Mattress Read more
The Columbus Idea Foundry has a Shopbot CNC Router, that we have started using a ton recently. The Shopbot uses a computer to get its programming, therefore you wind up spending a lot of time standing at the desk next to the thing. The only problem is that the desk is a big, ugly, square box, that wasn’t even made with a Shopbot (insert chicken or egg arguments here). Anyway, what a great opportunity to show off what the Shopbot is capable of! So we decided to make an articulating armature to replace the operator’s station. Here is the progress so far… Read more
Our racer, The Scorpion, took home the title of “Best Design” at the 2011 Power Tool Drag Race at the Columbus Idea Foundry.
The Columbus Idea Foundry is Columbus’s own community workshop, DIY learning center and creative space. Our goal is to teach introductory hands-on classes in fields such as welding, silversmithing, blacksmithing, jewelry making, small and large metal casting, stained glass soldering, CAD/CAM/CNC, laser cutting, vacuum forming, screenprinting, electronics, and more. Once trained to use our resources, members may rent time on our tools to practice their skills or work on personal projects.
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