We’ve got a Laser Cutter! We can cut things… like boxes. So head on over to BoxMaker and make a box!
As far as materials, that’s a little trickier. I tried wood, but currently the laser cutter can’t handle cutting your standard 1/4″ plywood. (Update: 3mm Baltic Birch plywood works great though!) Here you can see the results of me trying.
No matter… I moved on to acrylic, since we’ve got a lot of acrylic scrap to play with…
That worked much better! Hopefully once we do some laser maintenance (cleaning and what not) it might be able to cut wood. Of course you could always use BoxMaker to create your box and cut it on the CNC Router instead.
So here’s my laser-cut acrylic box. Notice anything? The tabs are way too big! In my frustration of not being able to cut wood, I switched to the acrylic, but didn’t measure the thickness and create a new file, and since it was not as thick as the wood, I got the tabs all wrong.
Still, BoxMaker is an awesome tool, and I look forward to getting the cutting part right next time.
WOW – Looks great! I might have to ask you to give me a hand making an Open Source Motor Controller case!
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Just a note, while standard plywood didn’t work, other wood did! See my post over here: http://rasterweb.net/raster/2012/01/17/laser-cut-wood/