CAD-to-Product With a Laser Cutter: Wood Cube

Introduction: CAD-to-Product With a Laser Cutter: Wood Cube

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Quick tutorial on creating a 3D object with CAD software, CAM software, CNC control software, and a Laser Cutter.  This is for laser cutters that operate using g-code.  This is a simple example of how to make a 3D object.  If you want simple boxes, there are many parametric box creation tools out there.

We are using AutoCAD, CamBam, and Mach3 software, along with the blackTooth Laser Cutter/Engraver Kit from www.BuildYourCNC.com, but you can use whichever software and hardware you have available to get the job done...

More info here:

Kickstarter Project
http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1427848145/build-your-own-laser-cutter?ref=live

http://www.BuildYourCNC.com

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    3 Comments

    Awesome! I always wondered how to laser cut out a box that would actually fit together! So did you use the depth of the wood to decide on how far out your tabs went?

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    Mindmapper1
    Mindmapper1

    Reply 7 years ago on Introduction

    you should always double check the thickness of the actual piece you are going to use because they do vary considerably from one to another

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    phooddaniel
    phooddaniel

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    That's exactly right! That will ensure a flush fit along all the edges. In this case, we were cutting 1/8" plywood, so that's the distance we used for the notch insets. Glad you like it!