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The Art and Craftsmanship of Zeamon

Sep 1, 2013   //   by Bob Warfield   //   Blog, CNC Projects, Cool  //  9 Comments

People ask me all the time what I do for a living.  My stock answer is that I build software for the Manufacturing sector.  Boring.  What I should do is tell them I make software to help people create things like the fantastic Orrery below.  Isn’t it amazing?  That description would touch a lot more people, I suspect.

Recently, I got a nice note from Ken Condal with a link to his site, “The Art and Craftsmanship of Zeamon.”  Ken uses our G-Wizard Calculator to set feeds and speeds for projects he builds with his Sherline CNC Mill.  If you ever doubted one of these neat little machines could product good results, take a look at Ken’s Orrery Project:



An Orrery is on my extreme long-term project list, so I’m very interested in reading over Ken’s details of how he built his.

Ken’s got a number of other really beautiful projects on his site–please drop by and check them out!


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  • Hi Bob, What an amazing piece of work! This guy is very bright and does not let things that would stop or deter most of us before even beginning.

    He is one who combines real art forms with the tedium of actually making the parts. His approach to the project from concept to conclusion are very impressive. Creating that working design so that everything can be assembled and works without interfering with other parts is some achievement. Perhaps it is a damn good example that demonstrates clearly if you have limited knowledge in some areas, you are also free of all the barriers and why nots, that many of us trained professionals in the trade hide behind, and this man goes ahead and achieves such a beautiful result. I will certainly be viewing all his videos in the near future. This is why I really enjoy your site, Bob. You attract and find so many fantastic projects and concepts that make the rest of us think and admire.

  • […] Ken Condal’s fantastic orrery took ten months to build and contains 30 gears. He began his work by modeling the orrery in 3DS MAX, then milling out all of the brass gears in his workshop. He also created the planets on a lathe using exotic wood, like using zebrawood for Jupiter. The first video demonstrates the orrery, and the second one condenses 7 months of work into 7 minutes. If you’re interested in all the details, Ken’s videos walk through every step. [via CNC Cookbook] […]

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  • Fantastic craftsmanship. There is a thing called the elevator speech where you say what you do in an interesting way, being a CNC machinist is not that interesting, but saying you can produce orreys and other mechanical delights from scratch is a lot more appealing!

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