Digital Design and Fabrication

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3D printing can revolutionize products and manufacturing methods. OpenFab brings you to the revolution.

OpenFab PDX is a design and consulting firm using 3D printing, cutting edge design tools, and community engagement to create innovative products and manufacturing processes.

Our Services Include:

  • Product Design / Prototyping
  • Product Review and Improvement
  • 3D CAD Design Services
  • Short Run Manufacturing
  • Consulting for Schools and Businesses

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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 fundamentally distinct from other manufacturing processes. In 3D printing, material is deposited one layer at a time, ultimately building up a part made of these discrete layers. There are a variety of ways to build objects in layers, but the most common and most affordable machines typically work like glorified robotic glue-guns, laying down beads of melted plastic one layer at a time. 3D printing is a type of digital manufacturing, where digital manufacturing is any computer controlled manufacturing technique that enables the production of models designed with digital design software. Digital manufacturing methods include both additive and subtractive (where material is removed) processes.

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About Open Source Hardware

oshw_logo1As defined by the Open Source Hardware Association, 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.

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  • Design Process Drives Creativity, Part 1

    May 16, 2017 / By David Perry / 0 Comments

    This August I’ll lead a group of high school teachers in Clackamas County through a 3-day seminar to help them teach students to design and be Makers. What’s the best way to do that? Teach the teachers to make stuff! First lesson: you can’t just say “Here’s a problem, go make a solution.” Instead, you teach a consistent process that can […]

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