First when Mr.Smith was talking to us about the project I didn't know what to design. We all had to create 3 boxes. One for Mr.Smith, one for another teacher and one personal. The restrictions were it has to be a certain size and it has to solve a problem. The I asked him what was a problem he needed to solve and he said he needed a place to hold paint brushes. The I looked up ideas of boxes and come up with the box that I designed. For the second box I just thought of a box that holds materials for a desk and my last design I made it for my brother so he can use it as a piggy bank or to store papers.
Step 1: Box Designer and Gravit
The second step was to use box designer. In here you put the dimension and it would create a box that then you would put into Gravit that you would add or delete objects from your object. Gravit wasn't that hard to use because I've used the app before so I knew how to use it. For my boxes, you choose what to delete and how you want your edges to be.
Step 2: Illustrator and Laser Cutting
After designing in Gravit you convert the file that was an SVG to an ai. Once the file is converted you put it in illustrator and we had to ungroup the box and delete the background. Once all the files were converted you would save them in your flash drive. Once it was in the flash drive you would connect it to the computer that was for the laser cutter. My first time that I laser cut my boxes came out tiny but it was because I did the measurements in millimeters. My second time that I laser cut they came out the way I wanted them. It helped that I had a prototype because I could fix the mistakes that I did the first time.
Step 3: Step:3 Sanding and Spray Painting
The last step after gluing we had to sand to get rid of the rough edges and the bubble of glue. Sanding was easy but it was hard to get the edges from the inside to make everything smooth. After I was done I sprayed painted. I did a clear coat because I want the wood to still be noticeable. Spray painting was a little hard because I had to make sure I didn't get it to close to the wood and not stayed in one place for long because then the paint would start dripping and it would create bubbles. My final product looks pretty good you can still see the woods which give it a pretty good look and texture.