Here are my two Vector Stilo project sketches.
The first, a fixed tanto-blade knife was inspired by the plate steel I picked up last class, my interest in DIY production, and my continual search for a decent EDC knife. Creating this knife would combine use of all but one of the machines available to us for this class (3D printer). The blank would be cut from the (1/8"?) plate using the waterjet, the scales would be created using the CNC mill, and the blade would be etched with the ivy/floral pattern shown using the laser cutter. The knife its self is a simple and useful tool. However, as it is brought from raw materials into its final form it becomes more than a utilitarian cutting edge. The knife carries a (fairly epic) history of blade making from a country across the globe, as the tanto is a traditional Japanese blade shape. The idyllic etching along the blade serves a a reminder of the peaceful nature of this particular tool. Finally, the synthesis of found material into a final product speaks to the boundless possibilities digital fabrication technology presents.
The second sketch contains some ideas for complex joints and layers only achievable (for myself) through the use of digital fabrication technology. For someone inexperienced in carpentry, creating a tight dovetail joint is a difficult task. With access to laser cutting and CNC machinery, box and dovetail joints represent the lower end of complexity available. The bottom part of the sketch outlines a wall of a box to be created out of laser cut layers. Each layer is individually jointed and glued on top of the proceeding layer forming intricate three dimensional scenery.