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Come see us at East Bay Mini Maker Faire

We have a booth this year at East Bay Mini Maker Faire, which is THIS SUNDAY! (Oct 23)
We are going to be showing off some really great stuff we've been designing and building.
We hope to see you there!

You can get discounted tickets with our Maker Discount Code ' BWC ' -- Buy Tickets!

Event Details:
Sunday, October 23rd, 2016
10 am—5 pm
Park Day School campus + Studio One Arts Center
360-42nd Street at Opal, Oakland

Here is a sneak peak of one of the pieces we'll be showing off...

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East Bay Mini MakerFaire - This Sunday: Oct 23!

We are incredibly excited to be part of the 7th Annual East Bay Mini Maker Faire, coming up Sunday, October 23!
Placed on the adjacent campuses of Park Day School and Studio One Art Center in Oakland's Temescal district.

Use our Maker Discount Code ' BWC ' with for 15% off ticket prices!
We're going to be showing off some new product ideas and new technology workflow.
Here is our write up for the Faire:

Combining Art & Technology: Making products the 'Because We Can' way
“We are developing products the same way we run our architectural jobs: integrating technology and art to create designs with many iterations and lots of collaboration. Using technological design and smart programming as a tool for making these products, we have come up with a line of work that can be integrated into any space. Come see how we take a product from idea to production, and feel free to give us some comments while you’re here!

We look forward to see you there!

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Catch Jeffrey at today's San Francisco Revit User's Group

Catch Jeffrey at today's San Francisco Revit User's Group, hosted by Ideate, where he'll be speaking with our good friend Doug Smith on using BIM for large-scale Burning Man projects.

Doug, a BIM manager at Woods Bagot and prior to that SOM, and Jeffrey from BecauseWeCan, have both volunteered their time and technical skills to help with building Burning Man's yearly Temples. The Temple is a non-denominational place for reflection and remembrance that is a large part of the Burning Man tradition, a big project, and a huge team effort of many people who come together to build something that will only live the duration of the event, to be burned at the end.

Here's the link for the invite for today's event in San Francisco.

If you can't make the San Francisco event, there's the same event next week in Oakland. Here's the link to the Oakland event invite.

Hope to see you there!

Excited to be giving a talk at the Long Now Member Summit

Extremely proud to have been chosen as an Ignite speaker at the Long Now Member Summit.

We'll be at the Long Now's first ever member convention. With an incredible line up it looks to be an event worth joining for if you're not a member, and one certainly not to miss if you area. I've been chosen to give a short Ignite talk on a topic I dearly love, Automation in the Construction Industry. The talks will be streamed online as they happen on Tuesday, October 4th.

Hope to see you at the Summit!

Throw back to 2006!

Today's Throw Back Friday goes way back!

Almost 10 years ago we were working on this office remodel for Three Rings Design.
It was such a fun, creative project with a wonderful team of designers to collaborate with.
We had a such fun working with you guys! And together we created a really magnificent space that the staff loved to work in, and we loved to visit.

10 years later we are thinking of you! "The Nautilus" space will live on in our memories and, of course, these photos!

Each desk with a different design- we made a template so each designer was able to draw their own desk!
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A bar to fit a fictional submarine- complete with kegerator and bubbling sides...
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Tentacle attack(!!) room for game demos & play.
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Underwater carved archway scenes.
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Robot roll-up door in the secret room....
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And of course, a parlor..... for more sophisticated meetings.
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You can see our full portfolio page on this project here.

'Arresting Décor at the Latest Port Workspace'

'Arresting Décor at the Latest Port Workspace' is the title from the Oakland Magazine, an article about our latest commercial renovation in Oakland.
We have received such great feedback about this project, it is wonderful to know it is being so well received!

From the awesome murals
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to the shipping container offices
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to the super cool furniture we made-
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..... it is all working together top make a great space!

You can read the Oakland Magazine article here.

Astroturf and Iceberg Mash-Up for Forgotten Friday

For Forgotten Fridays today, we have a conceptual and reference image that we made for a client, showing scale against a series of two collections we were making.
This visual came out looking so cool, that we wanted to share it.

A good candidate for a 'Forgotten Friday' piece, as the AstroTurf hills we made for the project turned out looking so different from the original concept drawings.
The little hill / mounds shown here next to our Iceberg seating was for scale, they were never to be physically near each other.

So, this drawing, in some ways is a fantasy landscape. Just a pretty image to start your weekend.
Happy Friday!

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From a .ORG to a .DESIGN, welcome to our new Domain

We're happy to announce our new domain, www.becausewecan.design.

It's a much more fitting place for our company to reside, don't you think?

Don't worry, everything on the .ORG will still work too, so your old bookmarks and RSS feeds remain intact.

But from now on we're using the www.becausewecan.design domain for everything, and we'd love for you to do the same!

Making the Icebergs - BecauseWeDynamo

As an Architectural Design-Build Studio, We love leveraging technology in unique ways to make our latest designs into real, physical pieces. While we've developed a decent amount of in-house software and tools over the years, we're still very excited about our latest software toolset BecauseWeDynamo. We have mentioned this tool set before on our blog, but with the latest project we've completed, some great edits and changes have been made, so it is worth mentioning again.

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BecauseWeDynamo, in case you didnt catch it the first time, is an ever changing design rationalization product focused on taking complex models to fabrication. It is a set of custom ‘nodes’ for Dynamo, which is a software program created by Autodesk as a ‘functional visual scripting language’ for creating, manipulating, and automating all sorts of design data by non-programmers. (And we have released our code openly on Github!)

Rather than write code from scratch where the ‘flow’ of the program is abstract and non-visual, or call on existing libraries, and produce a stand-alone application like a software developer might, tools like Project Dynamo let you ‘draw’ your program and lets us easily create one-off workflow solutions to automate small repetitive tasks and model impressively complex objects. This is perfect for visual designers like us! By connecting various ‘nodes’ together, we can ‘wire’ together a solution for project-specific problems, iteratively working our way through designs as the code runs live, seeing the immediate results.

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Most recently we used this tool set to create a sea of complex, faceted furniture for one of our recent projects: The Port Workspaces at The Kaiser Center. The sea of 'Icebergs', as we came to call them were very complex, and each one completely unique.

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The Icebergs, designed and fabricated using white laminate, were created to provide a combination of lounging, sitting and standing meeting & work space. No two of these units are the same. We designed the brackets inside the units so the clean form is all that is visible. Using our scripts we were able to quickly make changes to these forms as the fabrication & design iterations progressed to allow for an organic building process. We modified the designs as we built the units, fixing and foreseeing issues with a “just in time design” building process.

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This project, like most of our projects, was designed and fabricated in our in-house design studio and fabrication shop using our robust BecauseWeDynamo tool set combined with our CNC machines. The video shared here (at the bottom of the post) shows one of our CNC machines numbering the pieces before cutting them out. Our ongoing goal with this Dynamo project is to make the fabrication of elements easier and more efficient, thus empowering all designers to be able to make great things like we do!

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One thing our custom programming helps do is parse the design model, label every shape, lay them all out flat, and then export them to digital fabrication production. For this particular project, it created the brackets and numbered them for location placement. It made short work of these laborious tasks, and helped us fabricate these wonderful and complex designs efficiently and effectively.

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Within BecauseWeDynamo you’ll find programs for part labeling, DXF exporting (with proper true curves!), mesh topology walking, edge labeling, and even our own custom old-school line-based pen-plotter style font suitable for CNC production. We’ve even got some auto-sectioning tools (like 123D Make!), and are currently working on Nodes to help automate shop drawing production and development of complex surfaces.

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Releasing our code openly on Github allows others to experiment as we are, and the code will come back to us with improvements and ideas that we would not have thought of ourselves. Our toolset can be found through Dynamo through the Package Manager as BecauseWeDynamo, and the open-source code is hosted here on GitHub, which allows anyone to use it, change it and share it again, as an ever evolving tool set. You’ll find on the GitHub site some great working examples, and we’ll be developing more samples & how-tos.

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