## Parametric Modelling in Autodesk Fusion 360 – Making a Box

As you might be aware of, we in NC use Autodesk Fusion 360 daily. Fusion 360 fully supports parametric modelling, which is the topic of this post. We’ll explain very briefly what parametric modelling is as well as go through…

## Getting Started with Programming – Part 5: Functions and Scope

It’s time for part 5 in our programming for beginners series. For links to the previous editions, check out Part 1: Skimming the Surface Part 2: Conditional Statements Part 3: Loops Part 4: Arrays and Lists Functions Introduction You can…

## Getting Started with Programming – Part 4: Arrays and Lists

Welcome to part 4 in our series of blogposts where we introduce beginners to programming. Be sure to read the following previous episodes: Part 1: Skimming the Surface Part 2: Conditional Statements Part 3: Loops Introduction Arrays and lists are…

## How to Make Music Using MIDI and VSTi Plugins

There are many ways to make music. You have the traditional studio and live recordings to sequencing on Gameboy and everything in between. In this blogpost we’re going to look at how to use your own computer to make music…

## Getting Started with Programming – Part 3: Loops

Welcome to part 3 of this series where we introduce you to the very basics in programming. This time we’re going to look at loops, and as usual we will give you examples in both Arduino/C++ and Python. The previous…

## Getting Started with Programming – part 2: Conditional Statements

If you’re new to programming, you should definitely read part 1. The author realize that part 1 was a tad too large and therefore parts in this series will come as more bite-sized chunks from now on. In this part…

## Getting Started with Programming – part 1: Skimming the Surface

If you’ve never touched it before, getting started with programming can be a daunting task. Luckily, there are countless of good resources around the interwebs on how to get started. Despite this, we’re going to write our own little series…

## How to Use a Sheet CNC Mill or Laser Cutter to Easily Realize a 3D model

The short answer is Autodesk 123D Make. You might think we’re getting paid by Autodesk to write all these posts about their software. This is not the case, but as a maker you should really be aware of some of…

## An Intro to CAD for Makers

Here in NC we do a lot of CAD’ing. CAD is an acronym for Computer Aided Design and is in our case more or less equivalent to 3D-modelling for practical purposes. Most of our projects are modelled this way prior…

## An Intro to G-code and How to Generate It Using Inkscape

In last week’s post we discussed how to create vector graphics from bitmaps in Inkscape. The third suggestion on why to do such a thing involved creating toolpaths for machines. As a natural continuation from last week, we’re now going…

## How to Trace Bitmaps in Inkscape

This post will show you how to trace bitmaps in the free vector graphics software Inkscape. Tracing bitmaps means that you convert a bitmap/raster image file (your usual .jpg, .png, .bmp etc) into vector graphics. What are Vector Graphics? Vector…