Digital design and fabrication

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Design tools and 3D printing are more powerful than ever. OpenFab PDX uses these tools to turn your ideas and products into real physical objects.

OpenFab PDX is a design firm specializing in design for 3D printing and home of the 3D printed F-F-Fiddle. OpenFab makes things real – whether you just need one or want to make thousands.


Our Services Include:

  • Product Design / Prototyping
  • Design for 3D Printing
  • 3D CAD Design Services
  • Consulting, Training, & T.A.
  • Short Run Manufacturing

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The F-F-Fiddle was the first open source 3D printed violin. Now there are many.

About 3D Printing

Square Logo3d printing, also called additive manufacturing, is distinct from other manufacturing processes. During an additive process, material is deposited layer-by-layer. There are a variety of processes, but the current low-cost machines typically work like glorified robotic glue-guns, laying down paths of melted plastic one layer at a time. Digital manufacturing is any computer controlled manufacturing technique that enables the production of digital models made with CAD software. Digital manufacturing methods include both additive and subtractive (where material is removed) processes.

About Open Source Hardware

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Open source hardware is hardware whose design is made publicly available so that anyone can study, modify, distribute, make, and sell the design or hardware based on that design. The hardware’s source, the design from which it is made, is available in the preferred format for making modifications to it. Ideally, open source hardware uses readily-available components and materials, standard processes, open infrastructure, unrestricted content, and open-source design tools to maximize the ability of individuals to make and use hardware. Open source hardware gives people the freedom to control their technology while sharing knowledge and encouraging commerce through the open exchange of designs.

  • 3D Printing for a Better Product

    February 4, 2015 / By David Perry / 0 Comments

    I recently completed my first project with a new client — Dana of Spectrum Acoustics. Folks like Dana are my ideal customers — passionate about the work they do and determined to use new technology to improve their product or invention. Dana approached me with a labor-intensive part that he’s been manufacturing with a table […]

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