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Laser Challenge #11: Plant Scaffolding- 05.03.13

stake00.jpg This post is part of the NOTlabs Laser Challenge: The ground rules are: Shawn and I are alternating days with executing and sharing a Laser Cutter involved experiment! And most importantly - we’re supposed to have fun, explore ideas, and it’s less about a fully formed product/concept at the end of the day, but more about seeing where the experiment takes us!

For #11, Shawn decided to start saving our beans in progress… that were starting to grow and flop a bit. In order to make the garden a bit more fun, he prototyped an idea for modular plant scaffolding ~ in wood, since scraps were around ~ but we were imagining doing different ones in plastic or coated wood/metal ~ and we are also imagining larger ones for our tomatoes! Basically they slot together and have zip ties to strengthen the set up… and you can build up up and away in any way you want (or in the way your plants want to go)! Take a peek at the making of and details on the next page…

p.s. If you have ideas, or want some laser cutting done, or want to play with us… feel free to use the contact form or leave a comment! And if you’re curious about the laser cutter we’re using, here’s the unboxing.

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Floppy beans! stake5.jpg

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Starting the set up… stake8.jpg

The full set up in daylight! stake15.jpg

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Hey Warren ~ no worries, other projects get tucked into scraps over here :)

----- jean/NOTCOT 04.05.13 13:46

Hi Jasper ~ thanks for the note! We actually used snap fit joinery on the bird feeders (#9 and #10), and connectors on the cardboard building set (#5)… as well as lots of different joinery options on other projects we’ve shown here. Really this was a quick late night prototype to test out how the shape looked in the yard :)

Also ~ don’t worry the unused space never goes to waste… mini projects get cut up inside them! ;)

----- jean/NOTCOT 04.05.13 13:38

Great design, but I think you could improve on it by not needing tie-wraps.
Take a look at this page for ways to join the different parts.
You have a lot of unused space left when cutting, so you can use that to make a connector part. Take the snapping system from the left shape in the following image and add it two times to a small piece of wood, and change the holes you now use for tie-wraps into the holes on the right of the picture:
http://makezineblog.files.wordpress.com/2012/03/one-sided-snap-lock-edge-lap-detent.png?w=580&h=329

Whole page:
http://blog.makezine.com/2012/04/13/cnc-panel-joinery-notebook

----- Jasper 04.05.13 02:28

The scaffolding i could make with all the plywood that wasted.

----- Warren 04.05.13 00:26

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