365 laser cut items in 365 days. I provide the files so you can make your own copies and if you don't have access to a laser then I sell most items too.
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Wednesday, 3 September 2014

EMF Done

Images Stolen from Dominic :)
So EMF camp came and went over the weekend and was a fantastic success. We set up the Laser cutting village and with the help of Ian and his laser cutter we demonstrated laser cutting to the masses, giving them the opportunity to play with our laser cutters all from within a field. The weather couldn't have been any better and despite some fairly hefty 15 hour days in the laser cutting tent I really enjoyed the whole thing. 

Over the next few days I'll be posting up some of the things we made at EMF camp on the lasers (this is partly to fill the gap while I install the new laser in my garage and build up stock for the upcoming mini maker faire in Brighton)

Thursday, 28 August 2014

Laser Cutting in a Field


So this weekend I am decamping from the garage and recamping in a field. We are setting up the laser cutting village at EMF Camp, which basically means we'll be running our laser cutters for all and sundry to use in the middle of a maker festival. One of the best descriptions I've heard is that it's like a maker faire but without the public. I'm taking everything from tools and lasers right down to my workbenches and while this seems a tad intimidating it's actually going to be good for me. Now that I have a blank canvas to work with it should be much easier to fit my new A1 laser cutter into the garage when I return with it.




Tuesday, 26 August 2014

EMF Camp Mini Catapult


I scaled down the catapult kit to half the size, the catapult still packs the same amount of kick presumably because the projectiles are half the size too. We're intending to give these out as business cards at emf camp so head on over to the laser cutting village to pick one up.


Monday, 25 August 2014

Sheriff Style Badges


It's definitely LRP season, these tax official sheriff style badges were made for a group at the gathering. I also made a batch of the mage guild badges for another group (although I've left them to colour in their own stripes)


Sunday, 24 August 2014

Teacups Cake Stand


As a bit of a rush job last week I was asked if it was possible to make a cake stand, capable of rotating 6 individual cakes, like the teacups ride you'll find in a theme park. Because I'm a sucker for punishment and I was enthused by the idea I decided to take it one step further and have the teacups rotate around the central cake while they in turn were rotating.



I fired up the trusty gear generator program and designed myself a planetary gear mechanism that would achieve the desired motion. The layers use the turntable mechanism I like now, there is potentially a lot of weight going through these things so it's nice to know that the load is not transferred to the motor.

If I had to do it again I would change a few things to make it run smoother and definitely put in a large motor. In fact I would really love to make another one of these and perfect those minor issues so if anyone else wants a turntable cake stand then please speak up.




Saturday, 23 August 2014

Afternoon Ambilight project


I recently purchased a couple of RGB addressable strips for play and potential future projects. While I had one handy though I thought I would make up a DIY ambilight system for our TV. Eli was also very interested so we actually turned it into an afternoon project while Hazel was napping. I drilled the holes in the board while Eli threaded them with cable ties, we then put the LED's in the right places.  I overkilled it with an Arduino Mega control board and a 5V 4A power supply also hung from the board. I used Prismatik to drive the ambilight system. It was a fun way to spend the afternoon and the effect is pretty good but these LED's weren't bright/angled correctly enough so it's been taken down again already awaiting a V2, with a proper laser cut and angled frame.


Friday, 22 August 2014

3060 gone


The 3060 now has a new home, Ben came to collect it yesterday. Hopefully at some point he'll have a web presence of all the awesome things he's made with it and I'll be able to point you guys over to it. It fit nicely into the back of their vehicle.

It's been a hectic week trying to get the machine ready to go as well as do a dozen other things. I don't have an 'after' photo but the before shot shows you just how much elbow grease was required to get that machine back to a clean state. Now the machine has gone it's left a rather big gap in the workshop but it's still going to be another 10 days before I get the new machine in there. We're taking it with us to EMF camp first. I'm quite excited now, I'll post about the new machine asap.



Tuesday, 12 August 2014

HyperQBS by Geobender


I saw these HyperQBS from Geobender.com and thought they were very cool so I decided to make one. A 3D model was made, flattened using Pepakura and Laser cut for quick assembly, then it was glued and taped to turn it into a hexaflexagon thingy, I even wrote an instructable about it if you'd like to make your own.





HPC 3060 for sale


So I need to make some room for the next laser which means getting rid of the 3060 machine. It's served me relatively well and with the few improvements I've put on it the extraction works relatively well and you can see what you're cutting. So it'll be going for £2800 hopefully, it's listed on ebay but just contact me directly and we can discuss it.

Monday, 11 August 2014

Boxplosion


Continuing the theme of breakages, the remade pumpkin box exploded last week under the sheet growth of pumpkin within it. I could see the sides bending and meant to do something about it but I've been too busy, when I got back to it again the acrylic box had cracked and the pumpkin is making valid efforts to escape. At least it's a lot more cube shaped than last years efforts