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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Thursday, 30 July 2015

Armour Tiles

I had these leather panels that I strung together for a hint of armour on a character. I decided to engrave them with fancy pictures to add a slight element of mystique and flavour. They're only mathematical diagrams about the forces exerted by various linkages but they came out quite well.

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Project #7: Lego Lack Coffee Table

I hadn't intended to do another coffee table for some time but we had Lego spread all over the coffee table and I was getting bored of rummaging around the bottom of deep storage boxes so I decided we needed some real Lego storage and lots of shallow trays to make it easier to find the parts. There was also a convenient gap under my Escher coffee table so I figured I would base it around another Lack coffee table.

The table consist of six trays that slide neatly between the legs of the Lack. The top four trays have six sections, the fifth tray has four sections for slightly larger parts like long beams and the bottom tray is twice as deep with four sections so that assembled models can be stored. Each tray is lasercut from 3mm mdf and faced with 6mm poplar plywood. The rack is made from 6mm mdf which has proven to be strong enough to be leaned on by small children. The sides of the lack were turned into extra storage for really big base plates and instructions, the sides are hinged at the bottom and held shut with magnets at the top.

We started to fill the trays up with Lego and we realised just how much Eli has already, once I get my Lego into the mix I think we might need a second storage system. At least I have a happy customer for the time being.

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Gaming Tokens

I cut these test tokens from sign makers HIPS. You cut through the top layer to get to the layer beneath it making for very high contrast signs. 
Below I did the same with clear plastic, the etched letters will be filled with black resin to make it stand out more.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Improved Manufacturing Jig

The new useless machine design has a PCB which allows it to be assembled easily, it also allows me to sell machines preassembled. The MAD museum are selling the 'No Soldering' version of the machine which means I end up soldering the boards myself. I remade this jig to hold all the boards in place, this post is mostly about the continual improvement though. The last iteration of this jig had round holes which let the PCB's twist in place, this one has square holes that key into the switch and hold them tight. The joy of having everything laser cut is that you can refine these things over and over again with minimal cost and effort until it is exactly right for the job.

Sunday, 26 July 2015

80th Bunting

While I was busy making useless machines in the garage today the rest of the family was inside making bunting for Nan's 80th Birthday party (the kids loved it). Not wanting to be totally left out I rolled in at the last moment with half a dozen laser cut flags to be added to the mix. Clearly a lot more effort and love went in to the hand crafted flags but I guess we all have our own skills and Nan will appreciate the thought.

Thursday, 16 July 2015

Signs in Action

With the style decided upon but me headed away on holiday, I made a final tweak of the artwork and sent it up to Dominic at Just Add Sharks. He did the actual cutting for me and delivered it to Totally Brewed in time for their event. It looks great on their bar.

Wednesday, 15 July 2015

Totally Brewed Sign Styles

Our new unit in Nottingham is right next to a micro brewery :) Totally Brewed are pretty cool neighbours and they're vaguely interested in the potential of laser cutting so when we were presented with an opportunity to make a sign for their mobile bar we jumped right on it. The logo featured above looks great but the vectors were far from ready. The design couldn't easily be vinyl cut so I made a few prototypes that could be laser cut to show what we could offer as an alternative.

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

More Meeples

I've had a lot of requests for smaller batches of meeples with different tokens in them, so I made some :) I'm selling these and the original packs in the shop now (or meeple svg here)

Sunday, 5 July 2015

Massive Heredox

Ed Saperia, inventor of Heredox and a million other cool things asked me to make a large version of the Heredox tile game for garden parties. It's made from 12mm exterior ply that was cut at B&Q on their big saw. The symbols however were laser cut from 3mm poplar and affixed to the top of each tile, with laser cut markings on each tile to show where the symbols should go. The whole game was then strapped up into a carry case which has the rules engraved on it. As a project it took way longer than expected but it's a really cool item I got to make so that's pretty rewarding.

Thursday, 2 July 2015

Gaming Markers and Tokens

I just cut a batch of gaming tokens for Tree, these are apparently for the game "Guild Ball"