That’s not just any blue and white metal box. It’s one of the newest tools to strut its way into the Maker Space - a brand new laser cutter, capable of etching its way into wood, plastic, metal, and plenty more.
To celebrate the arrival of the long-awaited contraption, we hosted several Laser Cut Creations Workshops as part of our summer programming.
Participants draw designs on index cards, then scan their drawings into a computer using special software. The designs are then sent electronically to the laser cutter.
Makers can watch their 2D index card doodles come to life in the 3D world, as the fiery laser etches each line and curve into a sheet of wood before their very eyes.
The results look something like this:
Not to mention, the laser cut wood fills the Maker Space with that toasty campfire smell that’ll bring back memories from back in the day…
Of course, every new workshop comes with its challenges. Sometimes, for example, our laser cutter has just a little bit too much personality:
As our summer programming comes to an end, we’re planning to iron out the kinks in the Laser Cut Creations Workshop in the interim. We look forward to presenting a seamless version of the activity in the fall!
To check out more photos from recent Laser Cut Creations Workshops, head on over to our Flickr page!