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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Sunday, 1 February 2015

Signpost Arrows

Made from 6mm Birch plywood, these arrows will be painted up and attached to a signpost mad Hatter stylee.

Saturday, 31 January 2015


A long time ago I was asked for a large batch of kotch snowflakes, it was mostly forgotten about until this week when the order actually came through. Amusing that it coincides with the large amount of snow we've been getting this week.

Monday, 26 January 2015

Catan Age of Enlightenment Disks

I had a custom request to make these wooden disks from the Age of Enlightenment expansion for Settlers of Catan. They had seen my previous Catan Disks and felt that the expansion needed the same wooden token treatment.

Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Useless Machine Kit Sale

I've got a large pile of useless machines sat in the garage taking up space and I'd like to move them along so I've dropped the price and they're now on sale for £15 each (maker faire prices).


Friday, 16 January 2015

Follow the Sharks

Hopefully many of you will be aware that Dominic and I run a UK laser importing business in the guise of JustAddSharks. We're making some massive improvements to the web store and the whole web site over the next few months and I'm trying to get some life back into that blog.

We intend to be making a few announcements and featuring the work of our customers (and some of it is absolutely amazing) but we'd also like to feature work of other people. So if you have a hot tip for us on any laser cut item then we'd love to know about it. Let us know what you're working on and who else inspires you. Just send your emails to msraynsford+tips@gmail.com

Can you tell what it is yet?

So the parts for the first of 12 projects just arrived. This is probably the one that's furthest from my normal stuff, but it will bear relevance as we go through the year. I'm planning a serious build day next week where there will be unboxing and assembly photos and probably even some stop motion of the day. Fun times.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Even More Rune Tags

Now with annual postings. Christmas has happened so people are looking LARPward and gearing up for the new season, I've had 3 LRP related orders this week. The first are these dated rune tags, this is the first batch on my new laser and I was able to outline the etching to make it really stand out.

Tuesday, 13 January 2015

Moire Puma

I saw this wonderful Moire Pattern appear of several blogs last week and I just knew I had to put this technique into laser cutting. The original artist is Andrea Minini and she has lots of amazing drawings all done in a similar style. For my version I manually traced the original image to create the vector artwork, each line is just a single low power cut and they are around 100 concentric rings. It was 8 hours of drawing but once the first one was cut it was all worth it.

There has been some discussion since about making further patterns like this automagically, if anything comes from that I'll be sure to post the workflow up here.

Wednesday, 7 January 2015

Advent Christmas Lights

I went to put our regular Christmas lights out and found that only half the LED's were lighting up so for a quick win I put up my 5m long strip of 300 neopixels instead. It instantly added colour and excitement but it rapidly turned into it's own project when I added a real time clock to turn the lights off at night.  I realised that by adding a different flash pattern each day I would have Advent Christmas lights. The system counts down to midnight and shows special animations for the occassion and it also turns the lights off permanently on the twelfth night

The setup up is very simple, an Arduino nano is connected to a Real Time clock and a string of neopixels and driven from a 5V 4A power supply. The code is included below but in brief, each animation follows a series of rules
  • Animations that are based on a single 'brightness' value so the patterns can be dimmed. 
  • Animations are intended to be 'non blocking' so the arduino can be used for other things at the same time (partial success with that). 
  • Animations are based on the number of LED's so by changing the constant a shorter or longer string can be used easily.

The software is all based upon the FastLED animation library, you will need to download this before the code will compile. (Code here)

Tuesday, 6 January 2015

Dot Matrix Display

I acquired 4 of these Sure 0832 dot matrix electronics boards recently. They were going spare from a project I worked on a long time ago (pre blog). Instead of leaving them in a box and forgetting about them I thought I should turn them straight back round into a new display that we can take along to Maker Faires. A simple laser cut frame holds all 4 displays in place, an arduino nano drives the boards and controls the animation. I'm using Miles Burtons arduino library to control the basic functions but I had to update it for the most recent version of the arduino IDE (1.5.8) so I've included that modified library in with the source files (source here)