After making 5 of something manually, the idea of laser cutting felt magical. It is fast and precise (somewhat). We were assigned the task of making anything using the laser cutter *with a caution to not be spoiled by it*. Also, to not to do joints.
At the beginning i drafted out a few ideas, coat hanger, toothbrush holder, soap dish, candle holder etc. As I wanted to make so many things, I started thinking about how I can make an adaptable design, similar to last week with the legos – that way I can use it for anything. BUT that is hundreds of joints! I went with it anyway as a challenge to myself.
I drafted out these little chips. And tested them in different sizes (stupidly I enlarged the big ones without considering the acrylic’s thickness.
Major failure, all of them were too big to hold together i.e. too lose.
I preprinted different sizes to make sure they fit.
Then I printed all of them.
The second print worked! I am happy with how it turned out.
(I actually tried etching too but ended up taking it out because the final product felt better without)
Don’t make joints – or if you do, test 100 times
Lasered acrylic is smelly – leave it in the printer for a while / wash it
Hide your acrylic! – mine was taken from the pile, 2 sheets!
- Try a small design first to see if the setting works! Sometimes the recommended setting is too strong / weak
Other sketches, if only I had more time …