From the Collection:Child's Knock apart Furniture

From the Collection:Child's Knock apart Furniture

This workshop is the first in a prospective series that activates the collection through updating and parametisation

Try-it (Staff) Version

This version is intended to be trialed using the try-it process.


Running workshops for SLQ staff is to:

  • increase awareness and knowledge of The Edge programming
  • invite feedback and participation
  • include an introduction to Free and Open Source Software(FOSS) - Inkscape.
  • include an introduction to parametric design


  • Basic bitmap image processing using GIMP.


  1. Gimp for image clean-up and processing

Materials and Resources

Workshop Outline



Intro to Preparing for Cutting using - 10min

  • What is FOSS.
  • When to use FOSS
  • When to use non-FOSS
  • What is GIMP?
  • What is Coreldraw?

Pick a Project

The workshop as a whole chooses a design for all particpants to work on.

Use theses rules to inform your choice.

Introduction to Gimp

Basic bitmap processing to produce a two colour image - 15 min

  • Open chosen image in GIMP
  • Selection and Navigation tools
    • crop
    • shear, cage or rotate
    • brightness and contrast
    • Blur and unsharp
    • convert to grayscale
    • export as a jpg.

Introduction to Fusion 360

Import to Fusion and Add to Sketch - 20 min

  • Selection and Navigation tools
  • Trace bitmap tool
    • select best single scan method
    • adjust options (speckles, corners and paths)
    • Process and close
  • Export as PDF

Prepare for Cut in CNC

Editing - 20min

  • Trim the fat - be ruthless
    • small shapes won't drop out
    • complex shapes will break
    • complex shapes take too long to cut


  • Grab the file and open in Fusion360.
  • create a sketch
  • Get familiar with the selection and navigation tools
  • Create a sheet of ply
  • Scale your artwork to fit
  • Select one shape to work on.
  • Use the lines tools to trace
    • access individual points to correct glitches
    • reduce nodes (in the menu bar)
    • use the curve smoothness slider (in the menu bar)
  • Drag your artwork to a panel

CNC Ready checks

Check all …

  • Check
  • Save your design as a DXF file onto the facilitators USB stick.

Cutting and Assembly

  1. Your facilitator will cut your design on the CNC Router
  2. Take home and enjoy!


CNC Router Settings

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