This Instructable focuses on the manufacturing of a mold for the Everlamp
- a highly customizable, eco-friendly lamp
designed to last a lifetime. Like it on Facebook
to receive updates on when it goes for sale.
The Everlamp is not just an open-source lamp, it will also be an open-source company - these plans will give anybody the opportunity to duplicate the business model I am using. While this Instructable focuses on only one part, the instructions can easily be used to manufacture any other part.
I'm assuming you've already decided on a design for your lamp
, and are now looking to manufacture it.
It took me about 4 weeks to complete the project with no prior machining experience.
The CAD files used for the part are open-source, and can be accessed below, although it's suggested that you modify them or create new ones to fit your specific needs. http://grabcad.com/library/everlight
A basic overview follows of how to use mold design and CAM software to control your CNC machinery for this part. A Techshop membership is a relatively inexpensive way to gain access to the machinery and software. http://www.techshop.ws/index.html
Expect to do a few rounds of iterating between each step, as you'll find that some future steps won't cooperate with your old plans. ~Part and Lampshade Design
(covered in the previous instructable
) 1. Mold Design
(this makes your part) 2. Buying Endmills
(cutters) and Material 3. Toolpaths for your CNC Machinery
(telling the machine where to cut) 4. Actual Machining 5. Injection Molding