I like this - cutting flexible sheets of plywood



A lot!


oh wow. Id love to make a variation of a japanese room divider with this pattern.


It would also be great for a finished cover for furniture


Beautiful! Wonder how much abuse the laser-cut sheet can take until it starts to break?


Now that would be a cool thing to pull out of the Glowforge!


I was just thinking the same thing. I’m guessing you wouldn’t want to keep flexing it over and over again. But it could be great for making curved surfaces.


Agreed! I’m dying to test it out now :grin:


Every time I see these living hinges / flex cut examples I find myself liking the patterns as much as the fact it makes it flexible. I can’t wait to incorporate these ideas into my designs in ways that not only take advantage of the flex aspect but also the wonderful visuals they create.


Super cool. I’ve seen it around. Anyone have a vector to make this?


PS I just realized it made up of a bunch of swastikas… Oh my. Lol


Don’t know if they have this specific pattern, but this instructable has a whole slew of flex-cut source files! http://www.instructables.com/id/Curved-laser-bent-wood/


There is a long history of the swastika shape before it became identified as something bad. Out here in the Southwest it is still widely used by Indian tribes and is seen often in art and architecture. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Swastika … for anyone interested.

Edit: Not trying to discredit any sensitivity to it, just pointing out there is more to it.


The DXF is linked in the article, if you are still interested. I too notice the extreme similarities to the swastika.


I’m aware. Haha. Thank you. :slight_smile: :slight_smile:


i was going to comment on the swastika, but wiki is accurate :slight_smile: saves me from being redundant


I noticed that too!


I made some of these sheets this week. I added a few of my own patterns in there too. I included the vector files so other people can try them out
Pattern 2
Pattern 3


Those look great! Do you have a ballpark of how long those took to cut and on what wattage laser?


It’s about 20 minutes to do a 200mm x200mm sheet on a 40W laser.
I’m not overly enamoured by them but I will wait to see what other people end up doing with them.


I keep wanting to make lampshades with them! It solves the repeated flexing problem, and the light through the shade would look so cool!