I used my glowforge to cut out Magic the gathering cards to create a 3D papercraft commander card for my friends anniversary gift. I also used the glowforge to create the foam insert of my puzzle box to hold the card.
A regular person would use an exacto knife to cut out the shapes and be done in an hour but I have permanently shaky hands so that was impossible for me. So I decided to make it as complicated as possible and take days to do it.
I downloaded the image of the card from the internet and traced the parts I wanted to cut out on my ipad with the Sketches app. I then transferred the file to Inkscape and converted it to an SVG file.
I cut out 7 cards to create the image, and an additional 20? 25? cards to create space between the cards to create depth. Glued everything together and protected it with a matte finishing spray.
I covered it with 1/8" clear acrylic I harvested from a magazine holder, also cut on the glowforge.
I didn’t know how it would work cutting something so small so precicely, there were quite a few failures cutting out the cards due to the off set of the camera. It’s pretty accurate but when your looking at cutting out a piece that’s just a few inches a millimeter off and you’ve cut the wrong part of the image. Once I figured out the offset I had precise cuts.
I was really happy with the result and my friends loved it.
Now I know that precise projects that I couldn’t do before are within my reach now. I don’t have to worry about shaking hands anymore, and that feels pretty good.![