Tag: laser cutting

Personal laser cutter

It’s easy to underestimate the implications of running a laser cutter. Toxic fumes, tons of space occupied (machine and stock materials), breakdowns. It’s maybe not worth it since there are so many companies that will ship you laser cut parts in a day or so. However, there’s no turn-around like in-house, and some applications might



Inventables: raw materials source

Inventables is a web retailer with a decent site that makes it easy to find raw materials and interesting components. E.g., stretch-sensing rubber and conductive velcro. Inventables is to McMaster-Carr as SparkFun is to Mouser. It’s run out of Chicago. Haven’t tried them, but probably will.



Beautiful enclosure

Beautiful integration of a laser cut enclosure, its contents, and its wiring. (link)



Project enclosures

Here are some ideas for project enclosures. The stock enclosures from Mouser, Digikey, and others are generally serviceable, but are rarely the perfect size. In addition, making the required cutouts can be inconvenient. Here are a couple of alternatives. Laser cut an enclosure out of plastic I’ve done this for several projects. It’s cheap, the



Ponoko starts 3D printing

Ponoko is a laser cutting service that recently started offering 3D printing. Their 3D services is similar to what Shapeways offers. It’s nice to see a pair of high quality competitors in this field. Neither one is as technically oriented as Quickparts, but they have a selection of materials, low prices, and fast turnaround. More



Simple blue laser kit



Tips for laser cutting

It’s not too hard to find a laser cutting firm that will do small orders and offer very rapid turn around. The precision, quick turn around, and the ability to work without proper CAD files make it an attractive option for making custom parts. We’ve used laser cutting for project enclosures, anesthesia tube holders, light