Step 6: What might go wrong

Here's what happened to the birch ply lid with my original design when I tried to make the bend.  back to the drawing board!  (See step 7 for my improved design.)
<p>Great design!</p><p>Also on how to create stunning marquetry and <br>inlays with a laser using ImagePaint software by Amazon Canvas <br>(www.amazoncanvas.com).</p>
<p>Excelent design, I cutted out and it bended perfectly!! I use Inkscape too for all my laser cut designs, sometimes is anoying because almost all the laser cutter in Mexico work with dwg/autocad files, and in the conversion I loose sometimes the dimensions! Thanks a lot!</p>
<p>Hello great project, but i have one question im interested in building something using living hinge, but im not really sure how to calculate the spacing or the length of the cut lines. Can you give me more details on how you calculated them or its trial and error ? </p>
It was trial and error. I think I shared the plans on the ible though so you can start with that. I think the bands were about the same width as the material was thick. The top of the boxes is very flexible, you can bend it much tighter than the box requires.
This is good! But i can't download the file.
I've found that I can save Inkscape files as PDFs (on the Mac), or export PDFs from Illustrator, and then &quot;print&quot; them from Acrobat Reader (on a PC, of course, as Epilog's driver doesn't support Mac OS). Inkscape (and Draw Plus) rasterizes when printing, so it is only useful for raster engraving on Epilog laser cutters. <br> <br>Regardless of TechShop SF's use of CorelDraw, you don't need to use it. Printing from Acrobat Reader works just fine, as the Epilog driver mimics a printer driver, and can be used from any program (it must print a vector image to cut). <br> <br>I did have problems importing some file formats to CorelDraw, as it appears you have found. Since I primarily work on a Mac, I am happiest just using PDFs for the actual cutting. The same trick works with Inkscape on Windows. <br> <br>Beautiful work, by the way, and great instruct able. Now I want to find some reason to make one of these (or I could just make something pretty).
Thanks for the tip. Just to be sure I understand, you are saying that the Inkscape-&gt;PDF-&gt;Acrobat reader-&gt;Print to Epilog path does not rasterize vector lines, so it should work for both vector and raster engraving? (But if you just print from Inkscape then it rasterizes before printing so that's no good.)
Correct. Printing directly from InkScape rasterizes the image, while exporting to a PDF file does not. Acrobat Reader will then send the properly vector image when printing.
This is a novel way but not very structurally sound. <br>saw kerfs on the underside 2/3rds the way through 1/2 inch apart would look better and finish better plus some epoxy glue added later upside down to the kerfs would make it strong enough to stand on
I quite like the aesthetic of the living inge. It's more than strong enough for my purposes. The plywood is only 3mm thick and the whole box would fit on your palm; I don't think cutting a &quot;traditional&quot; kerf bend, as you describe, at that scale would be easy.
do you have an instructable about the wireless network?
Not yet. It's on my todo list. It's largely based on the one described by a friend at http://mchr3k-arduino.blogspot.com/ (search for Wireless sensor node, I think it starts in Jan 2012).
FWIW: I cut quite a bit of 3mm ply. I find poplar bends far more readily than birch. <br>Kewl project!
I've updated the design with narrower zigzags. Now it works perfectly with all the wood that I've tried.
Thanks for the tip. I think I have some poplar ply as well (looks just like the beech).
this is a very lovely instructable . this will look awesome in form of jewelry box =)
Thanks. I'll upload the design files to my github soon so people can base their own designs on them.
you are welcome :)
Informative and stylish, love it.
Well done. Got to make one too. In my experience using any plywoods can be a problem with these type of &quot;bendy&quot; cuts. I'm open to any suggestions. <br> <br>Keep on with Inkscape. It's the future!
Yep, it was definitely hit and miss. Need to get my hands on some thin sheets of real wood.
did you try steaming the top cover to make it more plyable before attempting to bend it?
No, I haven't tried steam bending. I'd be a bit worried that this sort of ply (veneered MDF) might delaminate or swell if I exposed it to water. Any thoughts?
veneered MDF will more than likely delaminate if you try to steam it. <br> <br>I thought this was made from one of the solid woods you listed at the begining ( that will teach me to skim and comment lol)
Unfortunately not, I'd like to work with thin planks of wood instead but I'm not sure where to go to buy such things. I bought my &quot;laser wood&quot; from laserbits.com.

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