Loading Paper into the Roland Printer/Cutter

Did you know that you can print on paper, vinyl, and canvas on that big Roland machine in the corner of the VFL!? Well, you can. Always ask for assistance in swapping out the material but here is a quick tutorial on how to do so: First release whatever material is in the machine by unlocking the […]

Leather Laser Etching

Today Lou from POD and Max learned about etching with leather and prototyping to make the perfect measurement. We used a board to make sure the measurements of the laser were just right.  Of course, we prototyped the process first!   From here, we ran a test… Once we were happy with the product and the […]

leather and brass tag—the making of

Needed supplies: Laser Cutter Leather Scraps Sheet of Brass Spray Adhesive Instructions: 1. Be sure to make your cut lines .001 pt, with a raster speed of 100% and a power of 30% and a bottom-up engrave direction. 2. Cut your leather so that one (1) right angle can fit into the top-left corner of […]

Little Prince Embroidery Pattern

  The Little Prince is a poetic tale, with watercolour illustrations by the author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, in which a pilot stranded in the desert meets a young prince fallen to Earth from a tiny asteroid. The story is philosophical and includes social criticism, remarking on the strangeness of the adult world. We are recreating a version […]

Prototyping with MFA POD

Prototyping! Today, we spent a little time working with laser cutting with Adam & Tahnee  and learned a great lesson of why we prototype and how to use the tools to learn about the process! You can see from the edge of the “badge here” that Adam and Tahnee learned about etching/rastering to the edge of the […]

Exciting Projects made at the VFL

Inspiring projects from MFA Design Students, class of 2016 made here at VFL. Their assignment was to design a board game using type faces. It was extraordinary to see how enthusiastic they’ve approached this project. The level of craft, design considerations and documentation was really exceptional. Collectively, they explored the capabilities of VFL and turned […]

Its Open House New York this weekend!

  Its Open House New York this weekend!!! The VFL was open to the public today for tours from noon until 6pm.  While the VFL won’t be on  the list for tomorrow many other great NYC attractions will be.  Check out the link below for more events. http://www.ohny.org/site-programs/weekend/sites/visible-futures-lab Tak was kind enough to show six […]

VFL scrap bin dos and donts

You know that wood bin underneath the far counter in the shop? Of course you do, its the usable scrap bin. Well, we can all probably agree on what scrap is. But USABLE scrap is may be debatable sometimes. Here are some examples: Put it in tha bin!                 […]

We Go Together Show is OPEN- Artist in Residence Wyna Liu and David Lobser

The current Artists in Residence is David Lobster with Wyna Liu. Their residency will allow for continued development of We Go Together. David Lobser has been working with animation for nearly twenty years. His work is cinematic, being influenced stylistically by David Lynch, Tim Burton and the Brother’s Quay amongst others. David attended the School of Visual Arts […]

*How to use the drill press without breaking it

The drill press—a fairly easy piece of machinery to operate, yet people keep breaking it. BEFORE USE: 1. Loosen the bolt shown here, located on the left side of the drill press table. 2. Adjust the height of the table using the rotary lever on the right side. 3. Tighten the bolt on the left […]