Laser Cutter winner to be announced today

We have a winner! Stay tuned to find out who won.

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Open Source Lase Cutter

I have a project running for a open source laser cutter progress has been quite slow but it seems I can bump it up. The idea is to develop a laser cutter you can actually trust for large format cutting. Check out the project blog:

Posted by dannylom 8 years ago

Laser cutter

My dad has an old plotter that I plan on converting into a laser cutter, and I was wondering how powerful the laser needs to be in order to cut thin metal (its ok if it can do it in multiple passes). Where could I get a cheap one? Thanks LinuxH4x0r

Posted by LinuxH4x0r 10 years ago

Can't figure out simple kitchen tool

I hope someone can give me some ideas on this.  I want to make a dough cutter/cookie cutter grid. It would cut 1/2 inch squares and the grid would be at least 12" x 18" (864 squares-like a checkerboard).  If that's not feasible, then a tool that would cut 1/2" strips, and I would turn it to make the squares. I'm thinking the cutting material would be aluminum (which isn't easy to solder).   Thanks for any suggestions.

Posted by Seabreeze13 5 years ago

Curious tools to identify.

Hi all. A few weeks ago I was visiting my cousin and we ended up going through a tool box full of things left to him by his father we came across two that we were at a loss to identify. The first is a brass cylindrical container about five inches long by 3/4" diameter with what I can only describe as a gouge attached to the inside of the screw down cap, it is blunt and shows no signs of ever having been sharpened so I'm fairly sure it wasn't meant for cutting. The second has a few clues of it's own with a manufacturer name and a part registration number, it also has what looks very much to me like a small cutting wheel similar to the kind you would find on a glass cutter, the small section with the words "British Made The Ideal" slides along the slot it sits in and the tip at that end is a sharp point. Any ideas folks? Thanks in advance. NG.

Posted by Nostalgic Guy 1 year ago

Laser cutter party!

Here's an awesome idea - host a laser-cutter party. Somebody with a laser cutter lets people bring their ideas and designs to make and show off. At this one in New York, they even made the snacks on the cutter...

Posted by Kiteman 8 years ago

2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest Voting Ends Tonight!

These are your last few hours to vote and we will be announcing the winner on Monday. Stay tuned. [/group/laserfinalists/ Voting sheet for Laser Cutter Contest - Vote Here!]2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest Finalists Announcement

Posted by fungus amungus 10 years ago

Laser cutter

I was wondering where people in the UK get there laser cutting done? Every other instructable worth doing seems to be done on a laser cutter. so where might i be able to get some work done?

Posted by stupidityisanart 6 years ago

Great Laser Cutter Usage

Nothing says "I love you and I want to live with you forever" better than laser-cut foamcore.Note: This is not me. full storyvia digg

Posted by fungus amungus 11 years ago


You might be interested in this.

Posted by canida 10 years ago

What are your picks for the Laser Cutter Finalists?

We're busy doing a round of approval voting to help select the finalists for the Laser Cutter Contest. In this round, judges give a "yes" or "no/no opinion" vote to each entry. We rank the entries by total number of "yes" votes and the top 10 become finalists. While I haven't gone through everything yet, I've been adding Instructables I plan to vote "yes" for to my favorites (by clicking the "favorite link" right above the comments). Again, I'm not done yet, but you can check out my current picks here in my favorites.What are your picks for finalists? Post you top picks as comments, or if you have a lot, post a link to your favorites.Remember that an additional four finalists will be selected based on pageviews and positive ratings as recorded around Monday January 7th ( Laser Cutter Contest rules). So, there's still time to vote for and tell your friends about your Instructable or your favorites. Also, we just added some sorting options for groups to make seeing who is in the lead that much easier:Laser Cutter Contest entries sorted by pageviewsLaser Cutter Contest entries sorted by rating

Posted by ewilhelm 10 years ago

?Anybody Want To Recommend or Do Right Up on Buying a Laser Cutter?

I want to buy one but feel overwhelmed in the vast amount of choice and price variation from Chinese ebay specials that cost less than $1000 all the way up to $15,000.  I can afford the ebay price range but bet the trouble in usage might make it worthless.  I have a very cheap vinyl cutter from ebay but doubt that good experiance will be replicated.   Also since I only have a mac are there any issues that might arise from this fact?

Posted by warhymn 4 years ago

Just a THANK You and a picture

I just want to say a BIG thank you to all who answered my two questions about wire (for a soap cutter), and about making a silicone mold (for my soap) I wanted to show you a picture of some of the soap I make. This is NOT "fishing" for compliments, or to sell anything. I just wanted to give you an idea of what I do really no need to even comment

Posted by MaryT8M 5 years ago

Coming soon: Hire Kiteman!

I've been threatening to do it for ages, and now I am... I have started my own company, LightWorks Laser Projects. It's incorporated and everything!  When I start trading for real, the core business will be laser cutting workshops: I bring my laser cutter to a venue, you bring your ideas, and together we get creative. Between workshops, I will be running commissions for select customers. So, keep an eye out for future announcements...

Posted by Kiteman 4 years ago

Laser Cutter Advice

Hi all, I am looking at buying a 2nd hand Versalaser VL-200 laser cutter. It has the air filter base. The unit was made in 2006. I do not know much about these things yet. Can anyone offer any thoughts, opinions or pearls of wisdom before I spend lots of my hard earned cash? Thanks in advance, Wayne.

Posted by waynevanwijk 7 years ago

Ideas for the laser-cutter contest

I don't have the time or materials or I would attempt it myself. What I'd like to see is a laser cutter mounted to a line-following robot. It could be made to cut out designs you've drawn on various media. Whether it was cutting cloth or stone, I think it would be a great innovation and I'd love to see someone successfully build one. Another fun idea would be a laser-cutter-brander. It would be a predesigned mark cut with a single, stationary laser (or laser assembly rather). It could be used to put your mark on wood, plastic, etc. Better than heating up a piece of steel, I'd reckon. I just figured I'd post a couple suggestions, since I seriously doubt I'll be able to put anything together, especially within the timeframe. Please PM me if you make one of these, cause I'd love to see how you do it. Anyone else have an idea that you may not get to actualize?

Posted by BorisTheSpider 10 years ago

What's the right dremel bit for a circle jig cutter? I had problems with this.

Hi, i just made a circle jig cutter for my dremel. I used the included dremel that you can see in the picture below, it basically looks like a drill bit, but it's sharp in the edges, so it can cut to the sides, thing that drill bits cannot do. I tried to cut 3/4 MDF, but it was very hard to do it, I simply had to stop the process after concluding that that's not the right bit for that job. I think I had problems because this bit is for cutting to drywall sheets instead. What do you think? does anybody know what dremel bit should I use to cut circles through 3/4 MDF? thanks.

Posted by johanx4 1 year ago

Making a Laser Cutter, but I need some help!

If there is one thing I do enjoy about making stuff, its when im making it out of cardboard. I wanna make better stuff out of this material, but my patience and skill with an Exact-o knife tend to lack or screw up when im trying to get dead on accurate cuts with large sections of cardboard. So if i'm gonna make some really good stuff i can be more than proud of, I figure i'll need a laser cutter. Ultimately I'm  wanting to build a laser cutter that can: -cut paper, cardstock, cardboard, and fabric without setting it on fire -about a 2 foot square or 2*3 foot rectangular cutting bed -parts that won't cost me more than $100 each i know its possible to build a laser cutter with DVD/CD parts, amongst other things. And i do have one Raspberry Pi Model B board, 1 Arduino Uno and Mega boards, along with 1 Seeeduino: Motor, Relay, Ethernet, TFT Touch, and SD Card Shields. I'm still waiting for my Arduberry to come in the mail, but that's all the major components I have. I do have the necessary tools, soldering and desoldering irons, and a multimeter. Now all i need are the parts and programming skills. I am more than willing to learn Arduino and/or Raspbian languages, and i have ways of getting the parts i'll need, but I have no idea where to begin on the CNC aspect. Can anyone recommend some good resources or parts for what i'm trying to build? I'm not asking for someone to build it for me, i'm just asking for some guidance on this project.

Posted by EngineerJakit 3 years ago

Inexpensive way to cut paper shapes

Hi! I enjoy making paper boxes with cardstock that I normally have just cut by hand with scissors. But I am to the point where I need a simple way that I can cut the paper shapes which doesn't take as long as cutting with scissors and isn't as expensive as purchasing a scrapbook die cutter (which I can't create my own die for anyway). Does anyone have a less expensive idea that might help me? Thanks!

Posted by kellybasinger 10 years ago

Epilog Challenge: coming soon!

Psst - want to win a laser cutter?UPDATE: The Epilog Challenge has begun! Click here for details.We know you do, so we've teamed up with the fantastic people at Epilog Laser to bring you the Epilog Challenge: to make an awesome project with a green twist!The most incredible project will win an Epilog laser, and runners-up will get the next-best thing: use of a laser cutter, from our friends at Ponoko! Laser cutters are absolutely incredible tools - the sky (or your imagination) is the limit to what you can make.Now a peek at some details from the contest page:What's a green twist? In honor of environmentally-friendly design and our Green Theme for 2009, we want to see at least some clearly-described green component in the design, no matter how small. Simply explain some way your design is energy-efficient, reuses materials, or is helpful to the environment in some way. It doesn't have to be the primary theme for your project - we just want to encourage green thinking at all stages of a project, no matter how small. Whether you've picked LEDs over incandescent lights, made maximally efficient use of scarce resources, or dumpster-dived for materials, we want to hear about the little steps that contribute to permanent changes in behavior.So, inspired yet? Start thinking and building now, since the contest launches next week!

Posted by canida 9 years ago

Need ideas on how to make an automatic photo slicer/cutter...

I'm playing with a digital photobooth which prints out 2 vertical strips per piece of 4x6 photo paper.  It works great, and I just cut the paper in half (the long way to separate the two strips. I'm looking for a way to automate this.  I've tried pre-perforating the paper, which works but is not ideal.  I've also just manually used a paper cutter (both rotary and guillotine style). My goal: an automatic paper cutter that will cut a 4x6 photo in half the long way. I've actually started building a device that is basically a slot to guide the paper, and a turning rotary blade.  The paper gets dropped in the top, is drawn through the turning rotary blade in the middle, and is spit out the bottom.  It works on small scraps of paper, but lacks the power to really cut through an entire piece of photo paper.  Also, it's built out of MDF wood and I lack the tools to make it precise enough to cut accurately. The cutting mechanism seems to be the big holdup.  I tried with my hand - a rotary blade (even a big sharp one) requires quite a lot of pressure to cut the photo, and it's not something the photo paper can just drop through via gravity.  I'd have to get a much stronger motor. But I'm starting to brainstorm - is there a better way?  I think ideally I'd have a mechanism like an electric paper shredder - two rolling bars with disc-shaped metal blades.  The blades are not thin & sharp like a razer... just sharply-square on their edges so that paper get gets caught between them gets cut.  I'd have a paper shredder with just two of those roller/blades, so it would just cut right down the middle. However, all paper shredders I've found are cross cut (which would pulverize the photo), or have grippy teeth that mangle the paper leaving very rough edges. So let's brainstorm... what kind of cutting mechanisms might work?  What are make-able in a garage with limited tools?  How could I create my own custom paper-shredder type roller-blades? Any ideas, thoughts, questions are welcome.  It seems simple on the surface, but I've built two prototypes and still don't have a workable solution. Thanks! (And yes, I'll turn it into an instructable when it gets done) SUMMARY: (I'll try to summarize the current ideas here) -Use a mini saw blade and work it like a mini table saw. -Create some kind of rotary die cutter. -Automate a normal guillotine paper cutter (lots of electronics and sensors).

Posted by jumpfroggy 7 years ago

$100 off Glowforge

Glowforge is giving Instructables members $100 off their new line of 3D laser printers! Pick one up today by following the link below to access the discount! Offer valid through October 28th and will be automatically applied when you click the link. GLOWFORGE DISCOUNT

Posted by Carleyy 2 years ago

Epilog contest page layout

So, I saw the Epilog contest today and when I saw the page, I noticed the different layout for the header, and I liked it. Just stick in the orange and change the "You" bar to white and you have a much slimmer header bar for Instructables. Any thoughts?

Posted by n8man 9 years ago

Laser cut parts

I'm looking for help getting some new smaller drafting tools cut. The cut area is no bigger then 9"x6", I was hoping to get the part cut out of .04" clear Lexan, I can supply if needed. I'd also like to have the parts etched as well if that is possible as well. I have the rough drawing done in AutoCAD so far.

Posted by BogDog 6 years ago

Anyone ever made a laser plotter cutter?

I would like to discuss a project I'm planning on doing and there are things I'm not sure about. I'll be glad to photodocument this when I start building. My idea for a laser plotter is to buy a cheap vinyl plotter from ebay, maybe even used. I already have one for regular vinyl work and its performs great. The reason for using one is that I'm not that much of an engineer to build one like some of the projects I read here on the forums. My main goal is cut styrofoam logos/lettering. Thus my main question is what laser wattage would you recommend? I'm thinking 500-1000mW, but that's just a guess. Whoever has any experience with cutting styrofoam, could you describe how it went? If I could also burn pictures onto (but not trough) leather or plexiglass etc., that would be a nice bonus. Now, the plotter would have to be disected, removing the bottom from the top to accomodate the thickness of styro desks (I'm thinking up to 5 or 10cm). The main difference would be that instead of the whole top of the plotter moving to cut, it would stay the same as with the vinyl foils, using the bottom rollers to move a platen of some sort, on which the styro desks would be layed (and fixed with something). The vinyl plotters have a "knife-up, knife-down" mechanism (electromagnet?) for traveling to/from cut lines. I would use this for turning the laser on/off. My only concerns are the speed at which the styro can be cut, becuase the plotters move pretty fast even set at lowest speed, though this could probably be further tuned, and keeping the letters in place, so they don't move since the lower roller of the plotters moves quickly. But if the cut was very thin, this may not be a problem. Thanks for your thoughts!

Posted by Fyod 7 years ago


Can i cut a hole in the side of my food processor bucket………. IF YOU KNOW RE CUTTING PLASTIC YOU WILL HELP ME LOTS essentually i use it for slicing a crap load of veges and ideally i would like to make a hole in side of the 3.4l plastic bucket/container so when its full i can slide my hand in and remove the carrot etc………. I DONT need to keep vege in there when cutting in fact if they came straight out the whole its benifit the blade/spinning/sharp thing is at the top near where u put in the vege so no risks of getting cut see image

Posted by peter.wilding.988 2 years ago

I need help about a laser cutter design.

OK,here is my plan. I thought of making a laser cutter using a printer and DVD drive laser. I plan on replacing the print head with the laser,or mod a black cartridge to activate a laser instead of squirting ink. The work will be moved by the mechanism that once moved the paper. However,I cannot seem to find the pinouts of a cartridge or at least a diagram of the insides of a cartridge. Needless to say,I need help about the project. Note:The project will probably be done a few years later. Another note:I do not have good image to put here,so I am putting a random pic from one of my instructables.

Posted by Derin 9 years ago

CNC Miller as a laser cutter

I have a theory that I would think should work, but opinions are good. If I was to get a powerful laser diode, like 300mw, and machine out a holding device for it to go into a CNC millers collet, then wired it up to a power supply, and put it in a CNC machine.... Would I have a half ass laser etcher? I would have to manually turn the laser on or off, and the feed would have to be really slow, but would I be at least able to engrave stuff?

Posted by cvxdes 10 years ago

Need Someone with acess to laser cutter and high quality viynl (for laptop skin)

Hey guys, im looking to rid a macbook i have acquired from my brother of the apple logo.  i am looking to cover the top lid with black vinyl with a custom cutout in the centre (smaller than the apple logo, maybe ubuntu logo or tux. undecided as of yet). i do not have the access to equipment necessary for this so i am willing to pay an individual who can help me.  get back if you think you can help thanks!

Posted by Cew27 6 years ago

Laser cutter software issue

I use a laser cutter that runs on LaserCut 5.3 To create my files, I draw in Inkscape, save as a DXF file, then import that into Lasercut5.3 Unfortunately, importing into LaserCut5.3 creates artifacts in my files - polygons are created where none were before, and lines are invisibly doubled up, meaning that the laser cuts some lines twice, which wastes time, energy, and can spoil a project if a line goes too deep. Two typical examples are below. In an ideal world, the "e" would come out as two continuous lines (inside & outside).  Intead, it comes out as three lines, and the straight parts of the lines are "doubled over" - it cuts twice. Where two or more straight lines are contiguous, like the "k", the sections gain extra lines that break it up into smaller polygons. (I have shown the extra lines in red). Both cases are fixable, on a file-by-file basis, but, in the clunky LaserCut5.3, the fix can take longer than the original design. Has anybody else experienced this issue, and how did you fix it?

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago

How accurate can a line following robot be? (Laser cutter idea inside)

I have no idea how accurate line following robots can be (and this is what I'd some clarification for), but could a cutting laser be mounted to one? The robot would just follow a black line that you've printed out, and in the process would have also cut out the pattern. If that would work, this would allow you to cut out shapes from a huge canvas size, as well as making quick stencils with a fine line Sharpie.

Posted by olliewagner 10 years ago

I cant wait till friday Pc Mod

On tuesday i return to high school ! on friday ill be in my tech club and have access to a laser cutter ! (applause here) and im going to bring in my computer case side and use it to cut out a window and the screw holes etc with a piece of acrylic already underneath Then ill just put some machine screws in it and have a Pc window in what 15 Minutes ! god i love technology Hopefully will have some pics up

Posted by stephenniall 8 years ago

does someone want to make a tobacco shredder?

Hi Guys, one of my new hobbies is going to be growing tobacco, I know how to grow and cure it but what I need is a decent method to shred it. I can slice it with a knife but the strands turn out too big for hand rolling, there are commercial products around which can shred tobacco but the best around for the home grower which doesnt cost the earth only cuts to about 1.5mm now what I need is 0.5mm. I was thinking of was to combine 2 ideas, this one which seems to be based on the old victorian tobacco shredders with this one, which uses a nice method of keeping the tobacco compressed and moviing it slowly with out chopping your fingers off. the above used a handle which turns a theaded spindle which pushs the block along by a fraction, you then use a knife to take a slice off the end. now there is an automated one someone made in new zealand which looks awesome, this also uses a thread but they have put a ratchet spanner on the spindle so it automatically moves it along. So does anyone fancy this as a project? it would have to be easy to make, made from materials which are easy to come by for normal people, it must be cheap and it must be able to produce a really fine cut at least 0.5mm good enough for hand rolling tobacco.

Posted by n1cod3mus 5 years ago

Do you have 3D printers & laser cutters at school?

By way of a vague survey, does your school have a 3D printer, laser-cutter or other geek-a-licious tech? If so, how many, what brands, and how often do you get to play use with them in lessons? >K<

Posted by Kiteman 6 years ago

(newsletter) DIY Plasma Cutter, Power a Car with Trash, Steampunk Monopoly

Jan 8, 2009 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; }"/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Help us make 2009 a Green Year! Show off a clever reuse for a plastic bottle in the Tap'dNY Keep the Bottle Contest and win a Voltaic solar-charging backpack! The Craftsman Workshop of the Future Contest has closed for entries. Help choose who wins $25,000 in Sears gift cards by voting now! The Homemade Holidays: Holiday Gifts Contest has closed for entries! Help choose the winners by voting now! The Homemade Holidays: Holiday Decorations Contest winners have been announced! See who won! Convert your Honda to Run on Trash by jimmason Cheap iPhone Macro Lens by ch0rtle Giant Atari Joystick Lamp by seamster 48V Electric Bike by Radioactive_Legos Vote now! Win a Voltaic solar-charging backpack! Inlaid Wood Box with Hidden Compartment by technoplastique Strap a Leaf Blower Engine to a Bike and Go Fast by Jnkyrdguy Hacked Calculator Prank by Kipkay Build A Mobile Bar - BaR2D2 by jamiep Make a Fractal Antenna for HDTV by williamruckman Build a Honey Extractor by doozer_not_fraggle Build a Peg Board Tool Cart by sensoryhouse Electrified Monopoly Steampunk Style by antibromide Homemade Holidays Contests Vote for your favorites! See who won! Homemade Plasma Cutter by jandgse812 Snail Art Car The Golden Mean by jonsarriugarte Custom Star Bike Wheel by MasterRed Make a plastic gadget a little more beautiful by radiorental Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; }"/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

Posted by fungus amungus 9 years ago

Remembrance & Scouting items [Big Edit]

[Major edit] Oh, such a busy weekend - business suddenly picked up on my Etsy shop. Badges ("pins" for you Americans) and woggles are now winging their way across the UK, and a couple to Canada. Gunapult is up there, along with a load of Scouting badges and bird badges.  Also, Kitewife nagged me into adding some knitting-themed pins... I've also got a Remembrance woggle which is proving quite popular.

Posted by Kiteman 3 years ago

A full set of Cub Scout Badges - UPDATE

I've designed and cut a set of badges for local district's Cub leaders. In case you don't know, Akela is the leader of the wolf pack, Raksha is the mother wolf, Baloo is the bear, Bagheera the black panther, Kaa is the serpent and Mang the bat (that's my own badge). Full disclosure: the Raksha badge is just the Akela badge, flipped left-for-right.  So I'm lazy... The hare is nothing to do with scouting, that's just because Kitewife likes hares. UPDATE: These badges, and more, are now all available on my Etsy store, LightWorksLaser. Go, see, buy!

Posted by LightWorks 3 years ago

Extreme laser cutting - First reason to enter the Epilog contest.

I was doing my daily rounds, one of which is to search 'steampunk' on flickr, when i happened across these. With the upcoming Epilog contest, i thought they were most relevant.From, Flickr user Jared most of his good work (for a quick glance) is in his lased Flickr setIf your looking for an incentive to enter, just have a browse through these pictures. My personal favorites are the cool cubes. Which i think would look great on any desk.There is alot more to be found, if you have a browse. Any of you on flickr, be sure to drop some nice comments.

Posted by gmjhowe 9 years ago

Nichrome wire rope cutter

I've recently started working on a nichrome wire rope cutter. I've built a prototype that uses 2 9V batteries that connect in parallel to a 2" piece of 24 AWG nichrome wire. It works, but burns through the batteries within a minute of running them before they don't output enough current to heat up the wire.  I would like to improve this by turning it into something that is much less likely to burn itself down, or electrocute me in the process. I've been looking into ac to dc converters so I don't burn (almost literately) through 9V batteries. I'm kind of a bit hung up on the electrical engineering portion of this however. If I were to use something like a 12V 5A power supply, and then nearly short it with the nichrome (a resistance of .2477 OHMs) is the adapter limited to 5A, or would something start to melt. I have a feeling I need another resistor in there to reduce the current (if I but a larger PS), and or a potentiometer to dial in the temperature.  Any help would be appreciated.

Posted by halolord01 2 years ago

Come to the TechShop Orlando Community Meet-Up Party Saturday Night (2/23/08)!

Where Do You Make YOUR Instructables? Make Them at TechShop Orlando!If you haven't heard about TechShop yet, TechShop is an open workshop space that provides its members with access to many tools and machines, and a place that they can just hang out and work on their projects. TechShop also offers lots of short, inexpensive classes on all the tools and equipment to members and non-members. Most importantly, TechShop is a full-time community for Makers.TechShop is currently in operation in Menlo Park, California, and is opening 9 locations, including one in Orlando, Florida, this summer. TechShop's founder Jim Newton and TechShop Orlando partner Robin Lopez invite all Orlando area Makers to come to the TechShop Orlando Community Meet-Up Party on Saturday, February 23 from 7 to 10 PM. You'll have the chance to talk about what you want to see at the Orlando TechShop facility, and find out what their plans are during an open Q/A session. Pizza and soft drinks will be provided by TechShop, and there will be a no-host bar.If you can attend, TechShop asks that you RSVP at the TechShop Orlando Web Site at: you have friends, relatives or know of clubs or groups that you think would like to know about TechShop Orlando, please invite them to come to this event by forwarding this message to them along with the RSVP link. All Orlando Makers are welcome!TechShop Orlando - http://orlando.techshop.wsCommunity Meet-Up Party Information - HQœ -

Posted by TechShop 10 years ago

Opinions on a new circuit board idea...

I wanted to make a clear enclosure for my latest project and I thought it would be cool to make a clear PCB, but I wanted to get a few opinions on my idea.. I was thinking about using a cnc machine to etch my circuit design in acrylic and then fill the recessed cuts with bare paint, then after drilling it out, using more bare paint to "solder" the components. I'm sure someone else has come up with this same idea, so I was wondering how it worked out for them. Thanks guys!

Posted by emikayee 4 years ago

Laser Cutter Contest Winners!

It is with great pleasure that I announce the winner of the Laser Cutter Contest:Stuart.Mcfarlan for How to Make a Three Axis CNC Machine (Cheaply and Easily)Check out the full list of winners in the Instructables blog!

Posted by ewilhelm 11 years ago

An easy to sourc,e EASY to build, cheap laser cutter instructable

Would anybody be interested in creating a new laser cutter instructable. I saw this one: , But it seemed WAYY to difficult, to difficult to get the parts, and not super high quality. If anybody could do an instructable for this, (possibly with a RAS PI, it would be much appreciated. We want a cheap Laser CUTTER!!!!

Posted by 508Parkour 4 years ago

Laser Cutter

Would anybody be willing to source and build the parts for . I would be willing to pay up to half of the price of the parts or up to about $150

Posted by 508Parkour 4 years ago

Laser Cutter Questions

A place to post questions for the substantial number of people here who seem to have experience with laser cutting machines.

Posted by westfw 11 years ago

Tech space canada

Hello everybody, I was just wondering who would be interested in a tech shop/ space starting in Alberta, Canada. I live there and am looking to start a business possibly just looking for interest. It would include metalworking ie water jet and lathe work, woodworking ie table saw band saw and router, 3d printing and cad design team, laser cutting with its own team, teaching about coding and Arduino and micro controllers. If you are interested comment below. Also, anyone interested in funding a kick starter comment too :)

Posted by bhill12 3 years ago

turkey tek- Finalist

Turkey tek is a finalist in the Laser Cutter Challenge for:Interactive Multitouch DisplayHelp judge the contest by rating this forum post! For those that care what I would do with a laser cutter:1. I will use the laser cutter to shape young minds; precisely.2. I will use the laser cutter to engrave space filling curves on everything...even other space filling curves.3. I will use the laser cutter to build up furniture out of layers of cardboard.4. I will use the laser cutter to build the structural elements of another laser cutter. High power laser diodes are getting incredibly cheap these days. Once I have time to understand how to build high current pulsed power supplies without current overshoot, itsa done deal. 5. I will use the laser cutter to fairly divide complicated pies among multiple individuals. Coupled with cheap desktop FDM (food deposition manufacture) machines, you will soon be able to download a fractal pie from the internet, fabricate it, and then cut it into little tiny fractaline pieces, all the while not wearing any pants.6. I will use the laser cutter in a massive alternate reality game I've been planning for several years which will involve fabricating 2**12 unique procedurally generated puzzles.7. I will use the laser cutter to double the number of gold spheres I own by making the byzantine, low kerf cuts required to implement the Banach-Tarski paradox8. I will use the laser cutter to efficiently remove corporate logos from consumer goods. This is something I currently do with sandpaper or an exacto knife, but with a laser cutter, I would offer to do it FREE for anyone who wanted to send me their cellphone, mouse, laptop, etc.9. I will use the laser cutter to machine microfluidic devices for experimental kitchen use.10. I will use the laser cutter to piece aperiodic quilts and quilts of varying curvatures 11. I will use the laser cutter to do anything any other finalist proposes to do, twice!

Posted by turkey tek 11 years ago

The lure of the laser cutter

Keeps me coming back for more! I don't even know how to use one. But I do have projects that would utilize the laser cutter. I plan on submitting either 1 or 2 and I think people will love em. Look forward to seeing the amazing ones, the ones cast a light on things you've never even thought of or noticed before, like EMP shopping cart locker.

Posted by FreakCitySF 10 years ago

High-tech tool (ie laser-cutter) gripe

You know, there are some high-tech tools that I'd like to have, and it's starting to annoy me that they're so SIMILAR, but there doesn't seem to be any way to combine them and save some of the costs. Consider your Laser cutter, your CNC router (for plastic or wood), your PCB milling machine, and your CNC hotwire foam cutter. All feature a major portion of their cost in a precision X-Y tool movement (and sometimes Z.) But can I switch tools (and perhaps bases) and convert one to another ? No! Sigh. The differences in tool and base properties are pretty significant; is there any way something like this might be possible?

Posted by westfw 9 years ago

eski - Autonomous Foosball Table - Universal Laser Cutter Finalist!

To see who won the VersaLaser, read the announcement here.eski was a finalist in the 2008 Instructables and Universal Laser Cutter Contest for:Autonomous Foosball TableShould this project win the grand prize VersaLaser laser cutter package from Universal Laser worth over $15,000? Help us judge the contest by rating this forum post! Audience votes will count for 20% of the total. Check out all the finalists, and vote for your favorites!This is a forum post created by the Instructables staff on behalf of the finalist. Thanks for all the support everybody!

Posted by eski 10 years ago