Laser!

Fri, 13 Dec 2013

I’ve spent a fun afternoon visiting HPCLaser and learning how to use this laser cutter 🙂 The Laserscript cutter uses a water cooled CO2 laser and a series of computer controlled mirrors to cut and engrave a variety of materials. Expect YouTube videos as I get everything set up. Meanwhile, take it from me and the small army of people who helped me unload the laser from the car, if you buy one, rent a van or have it delivered!


The laser will happily cut out even tiny parts with incredible accuracy.


Cutting perspex is easy and the polished edge of the finished product is a fine sight!


It turns out that these filigree gears break easily if you sit on them. 🙁


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Comments (6)

  • Shelley Noble December 14, 2013 at 1:38 am

    An amazing turn of events,
    An amazing turn of events, Rob! It’s a whole bright new day in Engineer Town.

    Can’t wait to see what comes of this turn…

    w00t.

  • cool022883 December 14, 2013 at 3:36 am

    if you keep sitting on your
    if you keep sitting on your projects your not going to have much return of investment on that laser cutter =0)~~

    • Smelter December 14, 2013 at 9:05 am

      Coolie, I think this is going
      Coolie, I think this is going to be a time saver for Rob. I think we all know that cutting out models from the sheets is the longest part of making them. I wish I had machine to do the cutting while I got on with something else!
      Rob we need to talk!

      • WarriorCatsFTW December 14, 2013 at 7:11 pm

        Smelter I agree. Sometimes

        Smelter I agree. Sometimes I'm making something as a present and cutting it out just takes too much time!

  • michael42er December 14, 2013 at 7:29 pm

    I hope that this laser cut
    I hope that this laser cut machine does not mean the sinking of the beautiful art “paper model building”.
    It is certainly also very creative a precut wood kit to put together. Also the possibility of itself to make the surface with color. I am already looking forward to the sale of the first set (Late bird).
    A pdf-pattern print, cut, assemble, and to see the finished model in function requires more time. However, the joy of creation is also longer.

    • robives December 14, 2013 at 8:11 pm

      Just back from epic 9hr drive
      Just back from epic 9hr drive picking up #1 Daughter from Uni. I will write a proper post on this but just to hit the highlights before I spend the rest of the evening lying on the sofa staring at the ceiling and listening to some Jazz:
      Shelley, thanks as always. Your enthusiasm always makes me smile.
      Mr Cool, You are right, I have a lot of projects that need finishing. I’ve just finished a large project with Brother computers – more of which soon so I am now spending a bit of time tying up loose ends starting with a clockwork mouse.
      Smelter, I’m sure this is going to help speed things up. The Laser works on cards as well as wood etc so prototyping should be quicker. Once I have everything set up you will be very welcome to come and play.
      WarriorCatsFTW. Exactly. And I’m planning on releasing some pre-cut ply projects.
      Michael. Ply will remain a side project. My first love is paper 🙂

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