Design and Production of Customizable Furniture with a CNC Router

A course by Daniel Romero / Tuux
Industrial Designer . Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined February 2019
, Industrial Designer

Learn how to create functional, environmentally-friendly furniture that’s easy to assemble using a combination of software and machinery

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 852 students

Learn how to create functional, environmentally-friendly furniture that’s easy to assemble using a combination of software and machinery


Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 852 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 lessons (2h 27m)
  • Available on the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Discover and take advantage of the power of technology to create furniture from your imagination using a CNC router. According to industrial designer Daniel Romero, the combination of software and machinery gives you complete control over design and decision-making, regardless of your project's scale or complexity.

As a follow-up to Daniel's first course, Introduction to CNC Router Furniture Design, delve into more advanced concepts for designing and building easy-to-assemble furniture that's fully customizable. Learn everything from an environmentally friendly approach to selecting materials to how to assemble all the different pieces of your project.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Productive and environmental considerations to design furniture with CNC Router
  • U3
    U3. Methodologies for developing design concepts
  • U4
    U4. Computer drawing of the "Mayo" desktop
  • U5
    U5. Production of the desk "Mayo"
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Daniel Romero opens the course by telling you about who he is and how he ended up in his current situation, surrounded by design, creativity, sustainability, and wood. He rounds out the introduction by giving you an overview of the course.

Next, discover some of the materials that are best suited to this type of manufacturing, for both practical and environmental reasons. Move on to explore different cutting mechanisms and machines and go over the most common types of cuts made with a CNC router.

Now it's time to tackle your project. Start by analyzing the brief and requirement list. Learn several ways to approach your design through exploration and find references that include important aspects such as functionality and ergonomics. Then create scale models and the final mock-up.

Draw the first digital lines of your desk and see how to use different tools in Rhinoceros 5. Continue working through the design process by creating joints, adjusting internal corners, and customizing your desk with some final touches.

Once you're done, take your exported file to a CNC shop of your choice to get your pieces cut out. Finally, Daniel walks you through each of the post-cut steps that need to be done in the workshop to ensure that the pieces are ready for assembly.

What is this course's project?

Design a customizable desk, from concept to manufacturing with a CNC router.

Who is it for?

Anyone who likes to transform their ideas into something tangible, including designers, architects, teachers, students, carpenters, woodworkers, builders, inventors, and entrepreneurs. In short, anyone with a creative mind who wants to learn how to design and build customizable furniture at home with easy-to-assemble parts.

What you need

You need to be familiar with drawing in CAD tools. Your teacher uses Rhinoceros 5 for Mac throughout the course, but you can follow along on your computer using similar CAD programs such as FreeCAD, Autodesk AutoCAD, Fusion 360, and SketchUp.

You also need access to a shop, studio, or any other place with a CNC machine where you can send your pieces to be cut. Your teacher will go into more detail about the materials in the second unit.


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Daniel Romero / Tuux

A course by Daniel Romero / Tuux

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Industrial Designer

Daniel Romero is a Mexican industrial designer and one of the founding partners of Tuux, a design studio focused on sustainable and socially responsible projects that align with their work philosophy. Their work spans a range of fields including consumer products, interior design, architecture, urban intervention, and exhibitions.

In addition to his role at Tuux, he is a partner and jury member at the Abierto Mexicano de diseño competition, professor of the design, furniture, and ergonomics workshop at the CIDI (UNAM), and founder and designer of Hecho y Derecho, an online sales platform for furniture and accessories. On top of it all, he also collaborates on projects for other companies as a freelancer.

His work, both individually and through his studio, has earned numerous awards, most notably: winner of 2019 Red Dot Design Award (Germany), a spot on the list of the 100 most important Mexican creatives in the world (Forbes Magazine, Mexico), as well as winner and runner-up at three Ibero-American Design Biennials (Madrid 2014, 2016, and 2018).


Contents

  • U1

    Introduction

    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Productive and environmental considerations to design furniture with CNC Router

    • Materials: wood
    • The most common CNCs and cutters
    • The most common types of cutting in a CNC Router
  • U3

    Methodologies for developing design concepts

    • The design brief and requirements list
    • Examination processes and some functional and ergonomic considerations
    • Scale models
    • Final models
  • U4

    Computer drawing of the "Mayo" desktop

    • Rhinoceros and the first strokes
    • Wedge Spigot and Box Assemblies
    • Types of rounded corners to save assemblies
    • Customize the desktop
  • U5

    Production of the desk "Mayo"

    • Files for CNC cutting
    • Cut pieces
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Design and Production of Customizable Furniture with a CNC Router

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Design and Production of Customizable Furniture with a CNC Router. A Design course by Daniel Romero / Tuux

Design and Production of Customizable Furniture with a CNC Router

A course by Daniel Romero / Tuux
Industrial Designer . Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined February 2019
  • 100% positive reviews (8)
  • 852 students