Exploring scenarios of creation, production and consumption through design, digital fabrication & 3D Printing.


About

cunicode is a design studio and brand of co-designed products, digitally fabricated.

Founded in early 2011 to explore the business opportunities of Additive Manufacturing through design.

When there is a new way of making things,
there is a new way to design them.
This is what we do:

  • Research the new aesthetics of additive manufacturing 
  • Explore business opportunities for the maker economy
  • Make design tools for everyone
  • Make & Sell products using the digital fabrication ecosystem

We believe in the popularization of design tools & processes to lower the entry barriers to the world of making things.


Team

Bernat Cuni

Mainly run as a one-man shop by Bernat Cuni, a product designer specialized in digital fabrication with experience in the fields of design research, eco-design and design entrepreneurship.

Cunicode collaborates with expert individuals, and service providers to build a perfect team for each project.

A growing network of local and international technological centers and production hubs enable cunicode to deliver production through digital fabrication.

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  • Unique designs 
  • Custom projects
  • Talks & Workshops

What can we make together?

Design

We will shape your idea, and design it for Digital Fabrication. 

Workshops

Let’s get together and organize an event at your place, and let everyone play around a 3DPrinter. 

For Schools: We can organize a full day event or a week-long workshop to use and abuse digital fabrication tools. 3D Printer included! You keep it.

For companies: cunicode will come to your place with a portable 3DPrinter, give a talk, start a discussion on the future of manufacturing and work with your team to explore future applications of Digital Fabrication for your business.

Consultancy

How will your business will benefit from Digital Fabrication?
How could your product be produced with additive manufacturing?
How can you business personalize its offer to your customers?
Will your product be downloadable someday?
cunicode will work with you to answer these questions and implement innovative solutions.

In the history of art, patronage refers to the support that kings, popes and the wealthy have provided to artists such as musicians, painters, and sculptors. 

All the work that you don't see on this site could become a reality with your help.

I constantly experiment with 3D Printing technology, and burn countless hours creating stuff that often goes nowhere. 

A little glitch on the current reality makes the non-comercial work almost impossible to exist without patronage help. 
I'm looking for grants and support from institutions and individuals to further develop the work at cunicode.

Donate

Some work on the pipeline could see the light with your donation: Applications of 3d printed flexible materials, 3dPrinting + Textiles, Generative-design apps...


About 3D Printing

Design & 3D Printing: New fields of Application | talk [es]

Thoughts on Digital Fabrication

Additive Manufacturing Forum

Talk at the Additive Manufacturing Forum | Barcelona 2011



Glossary

Is defined by ASTM as the “process of joining materials to make objects from 3D model data, usually layer upon layer, as opposed to subtractive manufacturingmethodologies, such as traditional machining. Synonyms: additive fabrication, additive processes, additive techniques, additive layer manufacturing, layer manufacturing and freeform fabrication”.

FabLab
Fabrication Laboratory

Is a small-scale workshop offering digital fabrication. It is generally equipped with an array of flexible computer controlled tools that cover several different length scales and various materials, with the aim to make “almost anything”. This includes technology-enabled products generally perceived as limited to mass production.

Fab Central The Fab Lab program is part of the MIT’s Center for Bits and Atoms (CBA) which broadly explores how the content of information relates to its physical representation.

Business Models for FabLabs
Fab Lab Iceland reports 4 business models for Fab Labs:

  1. The Enabler business model: launch new Labs or provide maintenance, supply chain or similar services for existing Labs.
  2. The Education business model: a global distributed model of education through Fab Labs (with the Fab Academy) where global experts in particular topics can deliver training from local Fab Labs or even from universities/businesses via the Fab Lab video conferencing network. P2P learning among users is also a part of this business model.
  3. The Incubator business model: provide infrastructure for entrepreneurs to turn their Fab Lab creations into sustainable businesses. The incubator provides back-office infrastructure, promotion & marketing, seed capital, the leverage of the Fab Lab network and other venture infrastructure to enable the entrepreneur to focus on her areas of expertise.
  4. The Replicated / Network business model: provide a product, service or curriculum that operates by utilizing the infrastructure, staff and expertise of a local Fab Lab. Such opportunities can be replicated, sold by and executed at many (or all) local Labs, with sustainable revenue at each location. The leverage of all Labs in the network simultaneously promoting and delivering the business creates strength and reach for the brand.

It is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material.[1] 3D printers are generally faster, more affordable and easier to use than other additive manufacturing technologies. 3D printers offer product developers the ability to print parts and assemblies made of several materials with different mechanical and physical properties in a single build process. Advanced 3D printing technologies yield models that closely emulate the look, feel and functionality of product prototypes.

Recommended read: “What is 3D printing? A beginner’s guide to the desktop factory” by digitaltrends.com

3D Printing and the Future of Things

Video sponsored by DHUB (Disseny Hub Barcelona) & created by nueveojos illustrates a possible future where 3D-Printing becomes mainstream and products are made on demand. 

Consumer 3D Printing

Several projects and companies are making efforts to develop affordable 3D printers for home desktop use. Much of this work has been driven by and targeted at DIY/enthusiast/early adopter communities, with additional ties to the academic and hacker communities.

SLA Stereolithography 

Stereolithography is an additive manufacturing process using a vat of liquid UV-curable photopolymer “resin” and a UV laser to build parts a layer at a time. (+Wikipedia

SLS Selective Laser Sintering

Selective laser sintering uses lasers as its power source to sinter powdered material, binding it together to create a solid structure. It is often confused with selective laser melting (SLM), the difference being that SLS only sinters the powders together as opposed to achieving a full melt.

Open Hardware

Open source hardware consists of physical artifacts of technology designed and offered by the open design movement. Both free and open source software (FOSS) as well as open source hardware is created by this open source culture movement and applies a like concept to a variety of components. The term usually means that information about the hardware is easily discerned. 

Arduino is an open-source electronics prototyping platform based on flexible, easy-to-use hardware and software. It’s intended for artists, designers, hobbyists, and anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.