There is many Instructables on using Fusion 360's new slicer tool to make models but this is one for the kids, I used the Barclays Eagle Lab and a Trotec Speedy 300 on a freebie Friday during the holidays (if there is a lab near you this is so achievable in the 30 min free you get) I didn't get photos all the way through but have pictures from other makes so don't get confused if the model changes.
This Instructable is going to show you how to make cool toys for the kids from scrap cardboard I used Egg Box cardboard as these were nice consistent size and FREE. Upcycling RULES
So to get started I used the Thingiverse file for a Pokemon Psyduck. To start you need to download the model you are going to use. Once you have the STL file you need to import it into Slicer for Fusion 360.
Once imported you need to add your cardboard dimensions and choose "Stacked Slices" from the dropdown this will give you your model view in stacked slices.
Go to get plans and get ready for Laser cutting you need to click get plans and export to computer. Try to use the thinest cardboard you can it will add more detail to your model and make it stronger too. (if you have a 5 and 7 year old you will understand why)
Step 1: Time for Gluing
With your model parts you will see that Slicer for Fusion 360 adds in markers to help line up the layers correctly when you are gluing, there are also pinhole marks for finer line up.
I use have used PVA, No More Nails and Super Glue to glue the layers and the best is PVA it takes a little longer to dry but the overall finished model is stronger.
Once glued and dried normally within 24 hours your basic model will be ready to move on to the next step.
MAKE SURE TO RECYCLE THE SCRAP CARDBOARD
Step 2: The Finishing
This step can be hard when your little ones see the part finished model and see that it looks like a Psyduck or My Little Pony :)
But this step is going to make it last!
Now i have tried a couple of different coatings and the best I have found is paper towel the kind you have in the kitchen, and smoothing this onto the surface with watered down PVA. this step is really messy and you don't want to get the underlying cardboard too wet in the process.
I found a cooling oven is a great way to dry out the core and save a sticky mess
But as this is for the kids get their sleeves rolled up and cardboard down on the table and let them get at it. (You can always go over it with a wet finger to smooth out the ruffley bits)
Step 3: Painting and Final Coat
Again this step I have tried in various ways the best I have found is a mixture of poster paint and PVA which gives extra protection and shine :) using a hairdryer and oven again will help speed up the drying time if you have impatient little ones.
Adding in details with a marker pen before clear coating in PVA really makes your (the kids) model pop and look a lot more realistic!
Now get ready to start saving cardboard for a future of making models we have 3-4 each and make new ones every couple of months but with the paper towel coating with PVA the early models have lasted 2 years of hard play!
So let's all Turn Trash to Treasure!