Design Challenge #1

I took a page from @likeablejerk and made a model of all 3 of my cars on top of the cut files (I liked how he did that).

Here is my final cut file for the 3 cars I made.

I’m releasing the file under the CC BY-NC-SA license (meaning you can share, remix and build upon it, in a non-commercial way)

I’m not sure what’s the best way to add a license to a file. I’ll start a new thread about that.

For this file:

  1. vector all the BLUE lines so they mark the surface, but don’t cut all the way through (score).
  2. raster the RED areas.
  3. vector all the BLACK lines so they cut all the way through.
  4. use a bunch of glue to glue the parts together.

Cool!! FYI in the Glowforge ui we refer to low-power vectors as “scoring”.


does that mean y’all have a lot of points over at glowforge HQ?

Change that a little and it could be a new flexible pattern.

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Score! I like having a word for something I do often. Thanks.

My mini entry. Connect 4. Not really sure this meets the 5th guildline?? It has some parts that move… (delete if needed)

It’s designed to be cut with 1/4 material. I don’t know how to properly do your fancy 3d visualizations… So a flat view will have to do… Use your imagination!!

SVG File If you end up printing it (for personal use only. No resale) I didn’t properlly merge lines between peices so you may need to do that.


Nice, did you see the one on kickstarter a while ago? It used quarters, heads & tails, so you could gamble while playing. My mother would have loved that one, she liked taking our allowances back in a creative way. :grin:


Oh, that’s genius! Haha! I’ve been staying away from Kickstarter lately… It’s dangerous for my wallet ha-ha.


When I click on the SVG File link it gives me a jpg file, not an SVG file. If you send me the SVG, I’ll import it into SketchUp and quickly make you a 3D model if you want.

Pieces are moved by hand and fall by gravity. You’re all good.



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Okay cool. I thought so but wasn’t sure.

HA! I just finished drawing the main unit from your JPG, only to see that you’d posted the SVG. //headdesk

Oh well, here’s the basic unit, without the pieces dropped in:


Am I looking at this wrong? It looks like there are cutouts for 8 spacers, yet I only see 7 spacers on the design…


Dude. You. Are. A. Saint! That’s awesome!! Thank you! Looking at it in 3d the stands are definitely too tall. Ha-ha.

@davidhknowles Yup, you’re right, I miscounted. My bad. It was a late night design. Ha-ha.


Yeah, I added one to make it work.


@likeablejerk! You beat me to it again! You really are a “likeable jerk” :stuck_out_tongue_winking_eye:

Here’s the one I made in Fusion 360.

To improve on the design, I would cut slots into the large pieces, so they “sit” in the leg slots rather than just on top of them (you may have to make the sides a little wider to accommodate the slots. I think it would feel much more solid that way.

Otherwise, I really like what you did. Good job.


That’s what you get for making yours all shiny and fancy!


Thanks @polarbrainfreeze for the visualization!! I really need to get on that learning Fusion thing. Haha.

Yeah, I agree the legs are a weak point I realized that last night, but was too tired to fix it. Haha. I’ll revise it before I cut it in Dec crosses fingers! Thanks again!!! You guys are the bomb.


Updated SVG for the Connect 4.

  1. Added missing spacer
  2. Shortened legs
  3. Added interlocking slot for legs.