Laser Cut Motorcycle Toy

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Introduction: Laser Cut Motorcycle Toy

I like wood toys and thought maybe I'd give it a shot at making a toy motorcycle using the Laser Cutter at Techshop.

Step 1: Sketch

I started with a concept sketch of a motorcycle toy that I wanted to make out of wood.

Step 2: Import

I scanned the pencil sketch into Illustrator and used it as a rough template for a vector version.

Step 3: Template

After I was cool with the look and specs, I laid out the parts scaled to the size wood that I'm using making sure the stroke is .004 and that there is no fill.

Step 4: Laser Cut!

The two square pieces are test cuts to see if the settings needed any adjustments. Then cut away!

Step 5: Parts

Sometimes depending on the settings or quality of Laser Cutter used, there might be a need for exacto-ing if the laser didn't cut all the way through. Fortunately, this cut was clean.

Step 6: Test Fit

I fitted the pieces together to make sure everything looked okay and that the wheels had clearance.

Step 7: Sanding

I then sanded the pieces with 80 grit sandpaper to round off the edges a bit. Depending on the quality of wood and type of finish desired, you can follow that up with 120 then 220 grit.

Step 8: Prep for Paint

After sanding, I used a handy dandy duster to clean off the debris.

Step 9: Prime

I primed the pieces with a neutral grey since I wasn't exactly sure how I wanted to paint this yet at this point.

Step 10: Finish!

After a few strokes, dabs, and washes of acrylic paint, I have my Halo-ish pre-beat up looking toy motorcycle that I made at Techshop!!

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    Whoah, awesome stuff! Wish I had that baller template!

    hallo friend what you use program? on computer i will like to get download like your make drawer picture what name program can you send me?? my is

    Reminds me of a Light Cycle....

    Perhaps! I do have a second set of the pieces sitting here staring at me..

    Do the wheels turn?

    They do! However, it is snug and there is not enough traction to keep it from mostly sliding if the surface is smooth. A little more sanding and something on the edge of the wheels such as rubber or notches may help.

    Time for v2.0?