Idea genesis

A project log for Spine desk lamp

a project for my work-from-home desk, with CNC cut profiles, addressable LEDs, with tentacle kinematics

sebsplanesebsplane 12/05/2020 at 19:470 Comments

Seaching on the web for diy lamp projects, i had a look at heliox's lamp which had the dimensions / functionalities i had in mind :

I hesitated big time on what machine i wanted  to get into digital fabrication  :
3d printers looks amazing but their slow pace and their use of plastic is a bit of a show stopper for me ( unless i managed to get a full precious plastic ( ) filament production line , i don't want to create more plastic waste than i currently do). 
Another obstacle is the price and maybe the learning curve ...

So i set up my mind on buying a 3018 CNC which seems to have a good community around it .

I did my first intership in a rail factory where they had this massive CNC for cutting the rail profiles and it left me a lasting impression .

Plus i have a few  woodworking ancestors , so cnc cut plywood would be my choice !

Now regarding the design, I found the following website fascinating and well documented on how to create amazing mechanical tentacles :

so let's get started!