The Laser Cutter is every maker's dream tool. Whether you want to etch detailed graphics, cut intricate patterns, or fabricate complex 3D objects, this tool will make your life much easier. In this class, you'll get started with a box-making web app, then learn the basics of custom cutting and pattern etching with 2D graphics . You'll also learn how to make CAD designs into 3D objects in Fusion 360– an awesome (and free) 3D modeling program. Whether you've got access to a laser cutter or not, this class will teach you everything you need to know to make your own high-tech creations.
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Lesson 1: Welcome to Laser Cutting
A complete list of tools, materials, and services that will help you follow along with the class.
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Lesson 2: Tissue Box Cover From Web App
We'll get our feet wet with a free and easy web app. We'll design and create a tissue box cover and create a 2D layout that's ready for cutting.
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Lesson 3: Prepping and Laser Cutting
To make the tissue box cover from the previous lesson, we'll learn how to prep the material, how to set up the machine, and how to get the best results for the finished product.
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Lesson 4: 2D Puzzle
Now that we know how to laser cut, we'll learn how to make our own cut and etched design from scratch in Adobe Illustrator with this 2D puzzle project.
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Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!