I've been working with the folks over at SketchUp on some of our Maker Faire projects. Our latest project is this:
The Open Maker Bench Challenge. We want you to hack our workbench!
Sometimes the best tools for the job are the ones you make yourself. So we thought that while every great making project starts with a great idea, it eventually ends up on a bench of some sort. Rather than just go buy a bench, we decided to design our own… two actually.
The benches, pictured here aren’t done. That’s where you, the vibrant SketchUp community comes in. We feel like a bench is as unique as the person that uses it and the project that sits on top of it.
We want you to hack this bench. We’ll take the best hacks and build them in real life on a CNC machine. We’ll show them off at Maker Faire.
Best of all we’ll be open sourcing all the build files and instructions so that anyone anywhere can make one, or customize their own.
Let’s take a look at the bench you’ll be hacking:
Next let’s share some of our hacks
These are just some of the examples that we have come up with. We want you to make your own table. The guidelines are that you can hack the top only. This makes it easy for anyone to do. Think of a maker space or shared garage where people are doing a lot of different things. You’re going to need some unique benches that work together.
Once we get a good collection of ideas, we're going to take the best ones and actually make them in real life. They will be shown at Maker Faire. We will also open source all the files needed to make them so that you and anyone else can make your own bench.
So get hacking folks! Below are links to the 3D models of the base tables and the examples we have shown here. Get hacking and post your models here!
If you have any questions, please ask here.