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How To Laser Cut Out Miniature Words_TechShopSanJose

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For this instructable I am going to show you how to make tiny word cutouts from a laser cutter. I have access to the laser cutter from the San Jose Techshop which I have a membership to. This instructable goes though the process of selecting the material, working in the software, cutting out the letters, and what you can do with the word cutouts (and future applications). I use these word cutouts for decorations, you can paint them though I particularly like the laser cut look. Feel free to ask any questions you may have!

 
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Step 1: Step 1: Making the Design in the Computer

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I used the CorelDRAW X5 program to create my template which I use to laser cut out. I first entered the words I wanted in the font I liked. So the laser cutter would cut out the outlines of the words instead of the actual words itself, I filled in the words with an orange color and then added a black outline. This will allow the laser to cut out the black outline so you have the words instead of just the outline of the words. 

*TIP: When doing this process, I wrote the letters in individual text boxes in CorelDRAW X5 and then mushed the letters together and Welded the letters together so it would lock into place. When the letters overlap each other that allows for all the words to be on one piece of fabric and not on two pieces. 

*TIP: Don't make the letters too small or the laser cutter will catch on fire or if it is plastic, melt the letters all together. If the letters are too small then the laser cutter will just end up burning each of the sides into each other.