November 2012 Archives

Stamp Making Tutorial

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Here is a link to a great primer on how to create your own rubber stamps with the laser cutter. This tutorial was created by Limor Fried creator of the equally useful and interesting business Adafruit Industries (where lots of useful information on DIY electronics projects can be found).


Her tutorial is based off of the Epilog laser cutter but the same stamp making features can be found on the Universal Laser Systems cutter as well. In her tutorial she utilizes rubber which can be purchased here on LaserBits Inc. a great source for purchasing different materials to laser cut and etch.

Constructable - Direct drawing with the Laser Cutter

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Stefanie Mueller, Pedro Lopes, and Patrick Baudisch at Hasso Plattner Institute have created an "interactive drafting table" by allowing the user to draw directly onto an object with a hand held laser pointer. The laser pointers movements and gestures are captured by an overhead camera and translated into commands for the laser cutter, eliminating the need for a drafting program.

More detailed information on how the system works can be found here. But in short the overhead camera captures movement and gestures which are translated into previously configured commands that can be used to generate specific types of actions such as rounding corners, creating points, removing material, etc. The overall effect is a much freer way of working with the laser cutter that affords a more step by step iterative design process.


Chicago Style Laser Cutting

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"Here's a great example of what you can do with the laser cutter if you put your mind to thinking outside the standard box. This project was created by laser cutting 256 frames and syncing them up to a read poem." -Axis of Output

Our laser friends at SAIC are a busy bunch:

Go to SAIC's Service Bureau and
Advanced Output Center Blog

James Piatt

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James Piatt is an American designer that has incorporated use of the laser cutter into his whimsical handbags featured below and sold on his website.


The Pursuader





These examples do an excellent job in highlighting how the laser cutter can be used for working with leather and it's potential for commercial applications.

Promotional Pieces

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In this post we will take a look at three projects that relate to self promotion, all of which were found on Behance. The first project discussed is by Christine Johnson and can be seen in further detail here.



This Promotional piece is representative of a way to create a higher quality three dimensional leave behind. It can be recreated at relatively low cost monetarily and time wise and showcases creative ability, three dimensional knowledge, graphic design skill and experience with laser cutter fabrication.

This next project showcases a promotional business card of sorts created by Tsay Tzong-Lian. Below is a photo of her project and a video of it in action can be found here.


This project does a great job of marrying content and functionality. Tsay is a Mechanical Engineer, which complements her use of the Geneva Wheel mechanism to creatively display her contact information. For further information on different types of gears and mechanisms see our previous post here.

This last example was created by the Industrial design Department at SCAD as part of a promotional tool, distributed to prospective students. For further information visit the original post here.


This project is another good example of making promotional pieces that have functionality to them, making them a constant reminder to those who choose to use them. The info graphic explaining how to assemble and use the pieces is a nice touch that is both informative and a good use of time saving vector marking.



Voyage by Fred Larson

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In this project Fred wanted to etch onto a brick for his assignment. He wanted the word to wrap around the brick. To do this we cut the letter forms up and etched two separate files (one for the front of the brick and one for the side). By aligning the edge of the image with the previously etched side of the brick he was able to create the illusion of a continuously etched surface.


Many different materials react differently when etched. For instance some synthetic fabrics will change different colors when etched. In this case the brick turned a dark grey color.