I was feeling a little strange one day. Felt the need to turn back time so I got to tinkering on this project.
I made this to show my students what you can do with a laser cutter when you stack layers to make 3D out of 2D layers. Don't worry I have some more entry-level examples too. I used Fusion 360, Adobe Illustrator and a Glowforge laser cutter. The wood used was 3/16" plywood from the hardware store. I also used some green wood dye.
**I am now thinking of improving on this with a green LED in the center to make it glow as you turn the face to turn it on. This was a good starting point example for my students.
Step 1: Design in Fusion 360
My design was made in F360. The video does a full walkthrough of the process.
- Import an image of the Eye of Agamoto
- Think of each feature on the eye to be a separate layer.
- Each layer is a different sketch.
- Make sure all your cut lines are separate vectors (lines) from the score lines. This meant using the trim tool for my design.
- Export the sketches as DXF files.
Here is the link to my Fusion file
Step 2: Illustrator to Convert Files to SVG
Our laser needs SVG files. Illustrator was used for this. I have used Inkscape in the past but it does not like the splines that F360 makes.
In Illustrator I also recolored the lines that I wanted to be score lines vs. cut lines. In my files, I made them blue and black. The colors of blue are slightly off from each other so when lasering they show as three colors. Be aware of this and make sure you select the correct things to be cuts and scores. I was too lazy to fix it.
Step 3: Cut!
Import the files to your laser and cut them out. I dyed the green piece before cutting it out.
*Next time some of the connections should be thicker. You see that some of it burned a little too much in the detailed layer 4 piece.
Step 4: Glue Up
I was in a rush so I used super glue but normal wood glue would work too. Make sure you clamp it up.
Step 5: Finishing
I sprayed two coats of clear acrylic on to seal it from getting dirty and to keep the burnt smell down. I then sewed on a leather strap with just a few stitches. Nothing fancy
Now it is time for some wizardry time bending. You can see I have been practicing.
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