Furniture Manufacturing for Beginners: Open Source Design

A course by STUDIO DLUX - Denis Fujii
Architect. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined June 2021
, Architect

Create product designs that can be shared and produced worldwide through digital CNC router fabrication

  • Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (7)
  • 255 students

Create product designs that can be shared and produced worldwide through digital CNC router fabrication

Portuguese with subtitles in English
  • 100% positive reviews (7)
  • 255 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Portuguese
  • Level: Beginner
  • 11 lessons (1h 49m)
  • Available on the app
  • Portuguese, Spanish, English, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

The open source design philosophy and its digital production possibilities are paving the way for more sustainable and collaborative design and manufacture, making it accessible to those in need and starting a dialogue with different cultures. This is a fundamental pillar in the work of Denis Fujii, founder of STUDIO DLUX and creator of the Valoví, the world's most downloaded open source chair that can be manufactured digitally.

In this course, design a piece of furniture or decorative object that can be produced using a CNC router and easily shared worldwide. Denis guides you through each stage, from the initial design using a CAD software to the creation of each piece for CNC cutting.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Open design principles and benefits
  • U3
    U3. Designing for CNC
  • U4
    U4. Materializing the Project
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Get to know a little about Denis Fujii's career so far and how he came to set up STUDIO DLUX. Hear the story behind some of his main projects and how they ended up in so many countries in such a short space of time.

Discover the principles and benefits of open source design and digital manufacture, then Denis teaches you to select a piece of furniture and the appropriate materials. He shows some examples of different projects made with a CNC router and production methods that involve fitting and assembling pieces.

Next, learn to design your piece of furniture with a CAD software such as AutoCAD or Rhinoceros, taking into account both the measurements and the commands used by the CNC router for correct manufacture. Move on to take a detailed look at cutting methods, joints, and layers.

Denis also touches on how communication between the designer and the maker works in the digital production process and how to make sure your file is easy to understand wherever it may be being used.

To wrap up the course, turn your design into pieces for CNC cutting and see how to format your file so it can be shared around the world.

What is this course's project?

Design a piece of furniture or decorative object for digital fabrication with a CNC router that can be easily shared worldwide.

Who is this online course for?

Architects, designers, makers, and digital manufacturing enthusiasts with a passion for new methods of creating and sharing projects.

Requirements and materials

For this course you need basic knowledge of a CAD software like AutoCAD, Rhinoceros, or similar.

In terms of materials, all you need is a computer with access to the software.


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STUDIO DLUX - Denis Fujii

Denis Fujii studied architecture and urban planning at the Centro Universitário Belas Artes in São Paulo. He is the founder of STUDIO DLUX, which carries out architecture and design projects using open source design through a network of manufacturers and enthusiasts who come together to share their creations. The network produces office equipment and designs of varying scales, both globally and locally.

He is also the creator of Valoví, the most downloaded and manufactured open source chair in the world. He is currently specializing in CNC router furniture design and his portfolio includes over 100 original open source designs. His mission is to make architecture and design more accessible, regardless of people's location or means, using digital manufacturing.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Open design principles and benefits

    • Digital Fabrication and Open Design
    • User Understanding for Furniture Choice
    • Choice of Material
  • U3

    Designing for CNC

    • Basic for CNC
    • Fits, Cuts and Layers 1
    • Fits, Cuts and Layers 2
    • Preparing the File
  • U4

    Materializing the Project

    • Meet the Producers
    • Collaborate with the World
  • FP

    Final project

    • Furniture Manufacturing for Beginners: Open Source Design

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Furniture Manufacturing for Beginners: Open Source Design. Design course by STUDIO DLUX - Denis Fujii

Furniture Manufacturing for Beginners: Open Source Design

A course by STUDIO DLUX - Denis Fujii
Architect. São Paulo, Brazil.
Joined June 2021
  • 100% positive reviews (7)
  • 255 students