Sadly I have only a short note to post from yesterday. Work (AKA real work) was busy and my all important Glowforge progress was frustrated by too many interruptions from pesky clients.
I am working on an idea for a toy, but the design is not quite there yet. I was doing all my prototyping with corrugated cardboard and did learn some interesting things about lasering the material.
Magnets are your friends, and the steel grid is great! Since the cardboard has a natural warp along the corrugations a few strategically placed magnets will help ensure that all your cuts are the same, and that when pieces get cut through and drop they stay in focus (if you have screwed up your cut order). On that note being able to control the cut orders is a good thing!
Anyway the thing is still not where I want it to be, but on the plus side I now have lots of cardboard circles.
That was many multiple attempts to get it right. I was just not thinking clearly about the constraints of trying to get a curved hole through a stack of slices from a sphere. (yes I know that is not a good explanation).
@printolaser I think the answer is yes, and I keep meaning to rig something up to hold my phone. My wife has a decent DSLR that shoots video but I am not sure she will trust me with it since I tend to break things (@dan is not reading this, right?). If I can I will.
Feel free to start a thread if he is willing to let the idea out here. I would be happy to provide what little useful experience I have so far.
My project basically is a hollow sphere (imagine a thick shelled egg) with small holes running through the shell all the way around. Now slice that up, cut out the slices, and recombine them leaving equidistant gaps between the slices.
I kind of want the holes to follow the curve of the shell, and instead of wire I am feeding though long thin brass spring I make. You can see a pice of it in the pictures. I am planning to thread small spacers over the spring to keep the layers separate.
The real struggle is finding a tool chain that will let me model this in such a way that I can adjust the size, and shape (don’t just want a sphere) without having to redraw it all every time.
Hmmmmm. I’m not getting it; guess I’ll wait for the end result. Still, it does seem like it’s not the tool but rather the modeling that is the difficulty. Which is encouraging to me. Now I need to really get cracking on all those modeling programs, so I’m ready.
What’s that red Ethernet cord doing in there?! I’m guessing this one isn’t wifi-able (because it’s am oldie-but-goodie) and doesn’t reflect a much desired change in the design to include an Ethernet port?