After taking my first laser cutting class at TechShop, it's time to experiment. I'm modifying a design to laser cut a pendant for the window.

Step 1:

this is my original drawing (created in illustrator)

Step 2:

remove the color fills and make sure all black edges are connected (all the parts need to be connected)

Step 3:

decided to put a circle around the bee..

Step 4:

file ready for the laser cutter.. notice that I made and extra copy and added a small circle for hanging on the top. also made the "edges" .001 inch so that they would cut

Step 5:

Sending a file to the laser cutter. One of the big challenges (for me) is making sure to get the correct settings for the material being cut. My first test was on 3/16 inch mat board.

Step 6:

woo hoo! It's great to see the work being created.

Step 7:

After the first successful output test, I tried the same file on different materials, scraps of wood and acrylic to see how they turn out.

Step 8:

I made it at TechShop at Menlo Park! A great place.
Well done. I'll have to try this!
Fun! Looks kind of like it could be a stained glass decoration!

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