Learning in the MakerSpace: Laser Cutting

Today I took a quick lesson on how to use the Epilog Laser Cutter. It was surprisingly easy to use. There are a few things you need to know about Adobe Illustrator, such as how to resize and image and create a box with no fill. The rest was just inputting the correct settings for the printer.

I began by etching some fun images I copied from the web and pasted into Illustrator. Then, I searched for some templates for guitar picks. I found one, but it had additional lines across the pick that I couldn’t figure out how to get rid of or tell the printer not to cut all the way through. I ended up creating my own design and cut 32 cardboard picks that I could potentially use for ukuleles.

DJ Yoda laser etched on cardboard
R2D2 laser etched on cardboard
Ukulele picks laser cut from cardboard

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