Intro: Laser Cut Motorcycle Toy
I like wood toys and thought maybe I'd give it a shot at making a toy motorcycle using the Laser Cutter at Techshop.
Step 1: Sketch
I started with a concept sketch of a motorcycle toy that I wanted to make out of wood.
Step 2: Import
I scanned the pencil sketch into Illustrator and used it as a rough template for a vector version.
Step 3: Template
After I was cool with the look and specs, I laid out the parts scaled to the size wood that I'm using making sure the stroke is .004 and that there is no fill.
Step 4: Laser Cut!
The two square pieces are test cuts to see if the settings needed any adjustments. Then cut away!
Step 5: Parts
Sometimes depending on the settings or quality of Laser Cutter used, there might be a need for exacto-ing if the laser didn't cut all the way through. Fortunately, this cut was clean.
Step 6: Test Fit
I fitted the pieces together to make sure everything looked okay and that the wheels had clearance.
Step 7: Sanding
I then sanded the pieces with 80 grit sandpaper to round off the edges a bit. Depending on the quality of wood and type of finish desired, you can follow that up with 120 then 220 grit.
Step 8: Prep for Paint
After sanding, I used a handy dandy duster to clean off the debris.
Step 9: Prime
I primed the pieces with a neutral grey since I wasn't exactly sure how I wanted to paint this yet at this point.
Step 10: Finish!
After a few strokes, dabs, and washes of acrylic paint, I have my Halo-ish pre-beat up looking toy motorcycle that I made at Techshop!! http://techshop.ws/