Laser Cutting


For Christmas this year, I decided to do something different for my immediate family.  Instead of trading gift cards like we usually do, I decided to put to use the Laser Cutter at my Local TechShop.  When done, I decided to use iMovie on my iPhone to make a mini trailer…

When I was working on BinBoo (A Binary Clock), I decided I was going to create a custom enclosure with a laser cutter.  The process took me a couple of iterations.  The very first box I had cut didn’t hold together because I didn’t make enough “teeth.”  The 2nd box included these and holds together solid.

After all of that work, I was pointed to BoxMaker which makes Laser Cutting a Box very simple.  Check out how easy it is with these 4 steps.

Step One:  Choose your Options

One of the big advantages to using this script is defining the material thickness.  For example, BinBoo is stuck with 3mm material because that’s how I designed the notches.  I have to re-design from the start to use another type of material.

Step Two:  Download the PDF

Step Three:  Check out the box

At this point the you can submit the file to a laser cutter or import it into a vector program to make modifications.  Simple, eh?

What’s really cool is, the script is open source and can be found here:   You can even Fork the code on GitHub.

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