Boston-based design and digital fabrication firm Radlab, Inc has sent us an exceptionally cute example of robo milling: a baby crib with a twist.
Here's the project description from Radlab, Inc:
Client: Jose and Ashley Silva
Location: Cambridge, MA
The hybrid crib and youth bed was commissioned with an interest in creating an alternative to the standard crib: solid instead of slatted, low and partially open rather than high and closed off, compelling and integral as opposed to generic and alien. Our response, in an effort to provide a framework for processing these pragmatic and aesthetic concerns, was to explore an interplay of conceptual dualities: dark and light, hard and soft, thick and thin, solid and void, analog and digital. At its core, the project is a simple expression of the convergence between overtly additive and subtractive processes, the building up of many layers of material meeting the excavation of many layers material. The relationships registered in the final product are revealed through the juxtaposition between that which has been robotically milled, and that which has not.
Credits: Matt Trimble, Jared Steinmark, Esko Heilner
All photos courtesy of Radlab, Inc.
Fig 1: additive and subtractive transformations
Fig 2: plan and elevations
Fig 3: reclaimed plywood
Fig 4: stacked plywood being milled by six-axis robotic arm
Fig 5: stacked plywood being milled by six-axis robotic arm
Fig 6: all planar/un-milled surfaces were finished with a water based onyx stain
Fig 7: corner detail
Fig 8: front view
Fig 9: Eli and Mom
Fig 10: Eli and Mom