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.
Exploring scenarios of creation, production and consumption through design, digital fabrication & 3D Printing.
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.
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”.
It is a form of additive manufacturing technology where a three dimensional object is created by laying down successive layers of material. 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.
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.
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.
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 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.