I am part of this year’s Reddit Puzzle Exchange. It’s like secret santa all year long. My recipient asked for a jigsaw puzzle and I knew what I had to do. I’ve wanted to make a jigsaw for the blind for a long, long time. I pictured using a piece of saucy art like Marylyn Monroe’s centerfold from Playboy #1. My laser cutter isn’t up to the task of creating so much detail, so instead I went with a basic black & white image of a Tardis from Doctor Who.
This piece took about 45 minutes to etch and another 10 to cut out. This is before it was cleaned off. Although it’s only 30 pieces, it took me 90 minutes to solve it blindfolded. The etched portion is obvious to the touch.
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Over on the blog for the Vancouver Hack Space they just posted a list of fun things to do with laser cutters. Have you got a great example of what Laser Cutting can do? Send it in!
The Vancouver Hack Space and Marginally Clever are planning a “Build your own Quadcopter” event in the winter of 2013/2014. The quadcopter above was designed in SolidWorks and laser cut in a couple of hours. It is from the “let’s try it and see” school of design, and there will probably be many refinements in future.
Have you seen our new ad for Laser Cutting and etching services in vancouver and the lower mainland? I’m trying to get on on a notice board in every Michael’s, Home Depot, and RONA, as well as Emily Carr, UBC, SFU, BCIT, and more. If you see one of our ads around town, let us know. See a spot where our ad should be and isn’t yet? Good suggestions will get you a discount on your next work with us.
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Making a box with finger joints is a long, slow process in most art programs like Adobe Illustrator, Inkscape, or SolidWorks. Rahulbotics box generator to the rescue! If you use a beam width of 0.1mm you should have a good friction fit. Open your PDF in your favorite art program, add your holes, and save as DXF. Now you are ready to contact us and get cutting!
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The normal process is to put a piece of paper near the third mirror, close the machine, test fire the invisible beam, open the machine, examine the paper to figure out where the beam went, figure out which mirror to adjust, adjust the mirrors, put a new piece of paper, rinse & repeat 30 or 40 times. Each cycle takes two to five minutes. Wouldn’t it be nice if there was an easier way? There is! »
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