Halftone Photo made on a CNC Handibot

After surfing the web I came across a cool CNC routed photograph that I really wanted to make. At first I was suggested to use Photo VCarve, a vectric software, to convert the photo to a component and then mill it out. That was WAY to difficult and I knew there had to be a simpler way to create this file. So after some more web surfing I came across a “Hack A Day” post that used an application that converted images much easier. So I took a picture of a baby’s face and opened it in the application. Once you are in the application you are able to edit the quality of the circles that will make up your .DXF file. I chose the option to “optimize” the amount of circles and that gave me my desired look. Then I exported as a .DXF . I was fortunate enough to be able to use the Handibot from Shopbot that today so the settings will be a little different depending on your machine.

After I created my .DXF file, I opened it in Asipre (Vectric Software) to create my part file. When you open the halftone file in a software package it just looks like a bunch of circles. DO NOT FEAR! once you select them all and group them,  you can then use a V-Carve bit to mill them out. I used a 90 degree 1/2″ v-carve and it took 40.02 minutes at a feed and plunge rate at 3″ /sec . This came out great it was designed for a 6″ x 8″ piece of wood that will later be sealed, sanded, and stained. So check for an update later!


Direct Link to the halftone converter: http://www.students.tut.fi/~syvajar3/DXF_Halftone_15.zip

Welcome Project CoFAB!

12.17.13 was the first meeting with a group of students to start a new movement. What is the movement? Project CoFAB” is the movement! A group of eleven students from the 3 different campus of MC2 STEM High School came together to create this STUDENT lead collaboration between the high school, but they didn’t stop there. These students are passionate about learning by the use of a FABLab, wanting to give similar opportunities to other students around the world. It was formed from a collaboration between the high school and TIES (Teaching Institute for Excellence in STEM) to promote more student lead involvement in STEM using FabLab technologies. Lead by students, there will be many different things going on but just to name a few; demos, learning sessions, and even challenges proposed to STEM schools Globally. CHECK US OUT ON YOUTUBE!

Update from Norway

Ok USA (you will see the thumbs up a lot)
Ok USA (you will see the thumbs up a lot)


I’ve made it safe to Norway. Sorry for not calling I didn’t know how.

You can log onto Google Talk and communicate with me through the email address: nicholas.digiorgio@gmail.com or let me know you are going to try Google talk and I’ll contact you. Skype is another tool that I will try to figure out. We can text chat, or talk and even video conference from the lab.

You can see me live from the website at this Link: http://www.fablab.no/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=103

The place I’m staying at is: http://www.fablab.no/

There are others from all over the world. Frosti from Iceland, Alex from Netherlands, Eddie from Manchester, Thomas from Kenya.

I’ve uploaded some pictures at Flicker which you can access from the right.

Things I’ve accomplished…

  1. Midnight walk up a mountain to see whales and eagles, only saw a few sheep
  2. Create this blog with the pictures and videos
  3. Eaten dried Reindeer heart, Icelandic “Pluck and mash” (Pluck fish from the bone and mix it with potatoes like a casserole) and then for snack  dried sea-weed
  4. Taken a lot of pictures

However, I haven’t fabricated anything yet.  But I’ll keep you updated.

New Friends from the Fablab
New Friends from the Fablab