I hear you’re a machinist, you’ve got access to CNC machines, and you’re dying to do a cool project that your friends will love.  Youo just need the right idea.  How about this:

–  Take an existing product.

–  Discard, some all, or none of it.

–  Create a new skin for it that radically changes the product to something MUCH better.

That’s a Reskinning Project.  There’ll all over the web if you look carefully.  Here’s some ideas to get you fired up to Reskin something:

PC and HiFi Case Mods

Reskinning PC’s and HiFi’s has been going on a long time and there are some very cool results out there.  Heck, I’ve even fooled around with it myself.  I remember my Dad reskinned his monaural HiFi system by mounting it in an antique Victrola cabinet.

Check out these reskinning projects:

Tennuis

Minimalist PC design, straightforward to do via CNC.  See how it was made without CNC

ArtDeco

Art Deco style PC case…

RetroTVPC

Retro Philco TV PC is amazing, and ambitious.  So far it’s just a 3D rendering…

WoodAudio

Woo Audio headphone amp combines clean design with retro tubes.  Must be nice to see those tubes light up the room at night.  I’m imagining a reskinned guitar amp project could be very cool!

WoodenKeys

Reskin your keyboard with engraved stick-on wooden keys…

Fancy Cases and Stands for Mobile Gadgets

Reskinning an iPhone would be ambitious, but creating a cool case or stand for one is much less ambitious.  Their slender designs even facilitate doing so without the end result being too bulky.  Try these for ideas:

iPhonePC

Minimalist PC with built-in iPhone charging doc.  I always wanted a dock right on my PC…

iPadWood

iPad wooden case and stand: perfect for the CNC Router crowd…

TiWoodiPhone

Titanium and Wood iPhone Case…

More Reskinning

Almost anything can be given a new look by reskinning:

CustomScales

Custom knife scales are a great way to start in CNC Knifemaking.  That’s how John Grimsmo started…

CustomGrill

How about a customized grill to drop into your BBQ that says something like this one’s “#1DAD” message?

CustomSkeletonMouse

Carefully remove the guts from your plastic mouse and install them in a much cooler CNC’d enclosure…

SkullKey

You can even reskin the house key–easy with a CNC mill to cut a new outline for the handle…

By now, hopefully you’ve gotten some ideas percolating for a CNC Reskinning project of your own.  Be sure to send us some pictures if you pull it off!

 

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