flatfab - Fabrication Design Software
flatfab is software that helps you design and fabricate 3D objects. We imagine in 3D but ideate and draw in 2D. flatfab seamlessly does both. ...awaken the dormant designer in you!Download
In a world driven by economy of space, our models are designed using planar parts, making them fast and cheap to produce, pack and assemble.
Interactively verify that objects are stable, connected and can be assembled together using nothing but friction.
Physically test models in software and give them real-world dimensions to make sure they work for your needs.
Make real-world objects in any size and material, cut using devices ranging from CNC machines, laser or aqua-jet cutters, saws, or even scissors.
flatfab marries digital modeling and traditional craftsmanship. 3D printing in new-age materials is great for small complex objects, but prohibitive in time and money for anything bigger than your fist. flatfab enables designers and hobbyists to use their own skills working with common tools and materials, anything that is reasonably flat and can be cut: paper, plastic, wood, steel, even stone.
The flatfab way
- Create your design fluidly, using connected planar parts
- Print your design as 2D curves, ready to cut
- Cut your design, with a digital cutter or by hand
- Pack it flat, if you need to transport it
- Assemble the parts together, there are no tools required!
Introduction, view manipulation, creating and selecting planar sections, local symmetry
Editing the boundary curves, undo and redo, loading and saving models
Procedural modelling: blend operation
Procedural modelling: linear operation
Procedural modelling: grid and radial operations
Procedural modelling: branch and revolve operations, using operations together
Creating an object from beginning to end
UIST 2014 Technical Paper Presentation
Mac OSX Installation
- Open FlatFab.dmg
- Drag FlatFab.app into the Applications folder
- Right-Click or Control + Left-Click - then pick Open from the menu
- Click Open when the dialogue box appears
For more information try: http://support.apple.com/kb/PH14369
Chris De Paoli