So yesterday I was thinking about animation stuff and talking with a friend, and got the idea of building a zoetrope with the glowforge. And so, yes, let’s do it! Here’s the cut I made, out of a sheet of 1/8" draftboard; not pictured is the alternate animation I then scored into the other side of those plates, having taped the board itself down to use as a jig to keep the (symmetrical under a rotation) plates in position when flipping 'em.
My basic idea: build it as a generic base with a circular center hole for a turning device and equally spaced square slot holes around the perimeter to insert animation plates into.
That way the animation plates themselves can all be free-standing, independent pieces, and animation designs can be worked out as a sequence of images overlaying that generic piece.