This project was a not a typical crafty one but a very functional and significant cost saving one. Took 1 hour. My Kubota tractor bonnet (plastic) front attachment right point cracked off. This was leading to serious distress on the rest of the bonnet. So I hand traced the same [unbroken] attachment point
from the left side (it was a mirror image of right side) using clear sheet of overhead transparency. I then placed the transparency on the Glowforge bed and traced it …exported it to inkscape…“cleaned” up the lines…added two strategically located holes to attached it the tractor…then uploaded the file to dashboard and cut the shape out of thick acrylic. I also cut out the shape of the piece that was broken off and cemented (Weld-on 4) to the main piece for great support. I then drilled two holes in surrounding area of the tractor and bolted the replacement part on. Worked great.
I love being able to create stuff on the glowforge for stuff around the house. Not only were you able to make something you needed, but it saved you a trip to town, even if it took you as long to design/cut it, chances are the store/dealer wouldn’t have that part. And now you have it and can make more if need be! Great job!
Definitely! Me too. The part that I would have needed to buy was LARGE (~18" x 36"). It would have cost a few hundred dollars. I would have had to order from the dealer. There was one small but critical and integral area of the larger part which was broken…and now repaired!
I think this was fabulous! I know the great feeling you have, having fixed that yourself. Not even because of the huge savings in cost, but just for the pure joy in doing it yourself. I actually helped out with a farming project myself. Not my own farm, but I still felt some accomplishment.
Thank you. I am always looking for applications / issues like this to utilize the Glowforge.
Perhaps in a slightly different, yet similar vein, I will post a few other examples some day of other things I have done with the Glowforge. I have a son with special needs. He likes to build wood products. I have made several jigs to assist in the manufacturing process. While I used to make the jigs using wood working tools, I have now made a few of the jigs using the Glowforge. That approach not only offers better precision, it also enables easier and quicker modifications and upgrades…not to mention easy duplication when needed.