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What are your picks for the Laser Cutter Finalists? Answered

We're busy doing a round of approval voting to help select the finalists for the Laser Cutter Contest. In this round, judges give a "yes" or "no/no opinion" vote to each entry. We rank the entries by total number of "yes" votes and the top 10 become finalists.

While I haven't gone through everything yet, I've been adding Instructables I plan to vote "yes" for to my favorites (by clicking the "favorite link" right above the comments). Again, I'm not done yet, but you can check out my current picks here in my favorites.

What are your picks for finalists? Post you top picks as comments, or if you have a lot, post a link to your favorites.

Remember that an additional four finalists will be selected based on pageviews and positive ratings as recorded around Monday January 7th ( Laser Cutter Contest rules). So, there's still time to vote for and tell your friends about your Instructable or your favorites.

Also, we just added some sorting options for groups to make seeing who is in the lead that much easier:
Laser Cutter Contest entries sorted by pageviews
Laser Cutter Contest entries sorted by rating


Please check out our hand project https://www.instructables.com/id/Science-Fair---Articulated-Hand--20/

There are a lot of kids (and adults) pulling for us.

If we win the kids and I plan to start by designing our own R/C plane and laser cutting the parts. We could easily burn out identical planes for all the kids so everyone could build one. Then we could send in photos of our Instructables Air Force! : )

PS: To show our appreciation, we would put Instructables, Universal Laser Systems and VersaLaser logos on the planes to provide some free advertising.

Damn the things I could do with that laser cutter, and my mum's jewelrry classes could be done easier, and after reading everything that people said i would be possible to turn a good profit from that, half hour of cutting for about 3 classes, 2 hours a class at £20-30/hr... Me on the other hand would be using it to create a cutter made of acrylic etc that could replicate itself... make a viable frame design and motors + dremel or similar cutting device capable of making the frame itself... No hope though, how to make your own website and how to talk to your ex weren't my first choic of entries but with no camera and no money my goals couldn't be achieved.

Check out my secret compartment plans. It's cheap, easy to make, and very effective! Thanks for taking a look...

man none of my Instructables are in your favrites *sob*

I pick mine ;)
[https://www.instructables.com/id/Control-your-Computer...-with-a-LASER!/ https://www.instructables.com/id/Control-your-Computer...-with-a-LASER!/]
How can you resist combining lasers and computers ;)

I guess the ones I gave a + rating to, I'll look through the entries again.

The Carbon Bike frame by Brano and the Yurt.

I also enjoyed the Video Game Cabinet. You know, the racing thing?? It is really great.

Your talking about this one right? That is a great instructable, I'm so going to make one.

So far, my two fav are :
- the wooden gear clock
- the giant Fresnel thing

plus any instructable that I rated + or added into my favorites, that is an entry to the contest, and that I forgot to add to this list ... =o)


10 years ago

In my looking through projects i have really tried to latch onto those that show a need for or a project that could have been better with a laser cutter.

So, naturally i have my fingers crossed for the project my brother and i put together. I like everything from the custom envelopes to the handcut inlays.

But the projects that teach people how to make things that make things (i guess like ours) such as a welder or laser cutter really are valuable.

The variety of projects and the lack of guidelines really makes evaluating the projects difficult. In many ways the smaller- more specific contests are easier to enter and to judge. There are too many really cool entries (the Honda scooter reskinned!) to pick one best without narrowing down the scope (for me).

The fresnel lens ray of death thing definitely deserves top prize. As soon as I get ahold of a big rear projection tv, I am so making one.

I'm not favorite :( (sorry, couldn't help myself)


How do you choose the 20 second prize winners?

When we rank the entries in the first round of voting, there will surely be 20 Instructables that don't make the finalist. They will be the second prize winners. However, we'll wait to announce those until we announce everything.

I'm 100% sure that the fresnel focuser will win the grand prize.

Are the finalists for first, second, and grand, or just grand?

The finalists will make up the grand and first prize winners.

There's a lot of good ones.. I can't decide.