Laser Cut Cactus Planter

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About: I am a technical tutor, focusing on Digital Media and Digital Fabrication. My passion is making, thinking is different materials process and techniques.

Using laser cutting and fusion 360 to create DXF file, this is my take on generative design and shape optimisation to inspire the design. My goal was to use as less wood as possible but still be able to create something that was strong and sturdy, as well as being able to have the pot to be removable.

Step 1: Designing the Pots and Planter in Fusion 360

The first set was to take the measurements fo the posts and design them in Fusion 360 and then use them to inform the design.

I then used the pots in a new design file to create the laser cuttable design with.

This has been documented in the screen capture video

Step 2: Sanding and Dry Fit

When design in Fusion 360, the push joints hole where designed to be 0.2mm thinner then the 3mm thickness of the Plywood used, this allowing there still to be a tight fit after sanding the scorch marks of the ply.

Step 3: Assembly

Now the sanding and dry fit was completed it was time to glue the planter together.

Step 4: Waiting for the Glue to Dry

Now the assembly was completed it was time to wait for the glue to dry before adding a finish.

Step 5: Adding a Finish

To finish the plywood I applied Colron Finishing Wax polish.

Step 6: Final Photos

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    bellybeans

    5 months ago

    Could you post the DXF files?

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    DIY Hacks and How Tos

    5 months ago

    Very nice design. I wish that I had access to a laser cutter, I would make stuff like this all the time.