Instructables

Digital Manufacturing - project two desk name plate

Digital manufacturing doesn't have to be expensive or difficult,  with an old computer, free software and a hiring a machine for a few minutes you can make things that would not be possible in a home workshop!

If you haven't seen project one, take a look as it covers where to get the Prodesktop, how to activate the software,  how to navigate the screen, what you will need and the mouse functions.

Digital Manufacturing - project one Key tag

Digital Manufacturing - project three 3D printed box

Digital Manufacturing - project four laser cut box

Digital Manufacturing - project five printed toy car

As computer tutorials don't translate to text very well, for this series of  instructables most of the info is in the photos. So click on the first photo and use the arrows to go to the next photo. The boxes in the photos show the location of the icons and have have text in them when you hover the mouse on them.
 
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Step 1: Designing your project and fixing common mistakes

Before you start designing any project you need to consider a couple of things,
  • First the thickness of the material that is available will affect parts of your project. For this project I'm going to use 3mm acrylic. You can use what every size you have as long as your laser cutter can cut it, and you make the tabs and holes the right size.
  • The size of the laser cutter is also very important, will your project fit inside the laser cutter and will it cut the thickness of the materiel you have.
Just a little about house keeping, you are going to end up wilt a lot of files, One of the first hings you should do is make a folder with your projects name and put everything to do with your project in that folder. Each project needs is own folder as if a file are missing or in the wrong place it can lead  an error which you could lose all of your work.

Ok lets get started, click on the first photo and use the arrows to follow along