Laser Cut Gingerbread Bridge





Introduction: Laser Cut Gingerbread Bridge

This year for Christmas I decided to build something out of gingerbread. I didn't want to build the typical gingerbread house so I decided to do a bridge of some sort. I saw the Oberbaum Bridge in Berlin when we were there in May and thought it would look great built out of gingerbread. I recently became a member at Club Workshop ( ) in Denver, CO and thought this would be a perfect project to do on the Epilog Laser. I got busy working on the CAD model and my friend Michael Dwyer started testing gingerbread recipes.

I wanted to have the bridge done for a holiday party at my house the Saturday before Christmas, so I had a bit of a time crunch. Unfortunately, the first batch of gingerbread wasn't usable and without enough time to bake another batch, I decided to give up. On the morning of the party my friend Kyle Wright offered to bake up several sheets of gingerbread and they turned out perfect. When they were done, I ran them over to Club Workshop to start cutting on the laser. By the time the party had started I only had enough parts cut to build just the basic bridge without the two main towers or road decks. I had some foam board road decks that I cut out on the laser earlier as a test and was able to use them to build the bridge.

If anyone in Denver/Boulder is interested in seeing it in person, it is on display at Club Workshop. Hopefully I will have time to complete it sometime after Christmas. I'll post pictures of the progress.

Update: Since I just picked up another project that will take all of my free time I won't be finishing the bridge. Maybe next Christmas...



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    Okay... don't be stingy... post the plans and the CDR files for those of us (like me) who also have an Epilog laser! What settings did you use? Jerry

    The only thing is that cutting lazers dont come cheap!!!

    Actually... if you keep hitting the site and look at the pre-owned units... sometimes you can get a good deal. They had a refurbished 25w unit for less than $3K a month or so ago.

    Yeah but you have to be carefull with referbished stuff i once got a referbished projector without lenzes or the lcd!?!

    thats what happens when you don't buy from the manufacturer?

    I used some inheritance.

    I concur. Post the plans.

    Well it all depends on the recipe, the thickness and the consistency of the gingerbread. I started with the wood settings and tweaked them from there. I think I used 8% Speed, 100% Power and 500Hz for the vector cuts. For Raster I used 300dpi, 60% speed and 100% power. This was on a 60 Watt Epilog. I used the air assist to stop on flare-ups. I don't have the Corel files. I designed the bridge in Alibre CAD and then exported them to Autocad drawings and imported them into Corel. Since each piece of gingerbread was a slightly different size I didn't bother saving the Corel files. If I find the time next week and there is enough interest I'll do a full instructable with all the info and files needed.