So it probably doesn’t need explaining that combining Lego and Lasers is like every boys dream come true, and, even though I’m rapidly approaching fifty, having a ten year old son means I get to live vicariously through my mini-me. I definitely have aspirations of being a Lego Master of some description…maybe in another life…Enough about me…
So, this project was borne of a childhood wish I made to myself forty years ago. I used to count ‘studs’ over and over and never understood why there wasn’t a measuring tool on each box or in each instruction booklet. Well, once in a while they DO actually include a measure for the axles, but I figured there’s still an opportunity. Plus, it’s another excuse for me to bond with my son some more over a shared interest.
This really exploits the accuracy of the Glowforge. Lego is a precision toy. I love how bricks I owned almost half a century ago still fit together with those my son manages to convince me to purchase in Target in 2020.
After much designing in Illustrator, I decided to engrave the numbers and letters, and ‘score’ the rest. Had I scored the whole lot, it would have been much quicker than the 45 minutes it ultimately took.
Once output, and cleared of contact paper, I went over the design with sharpies, and isopropyl alcohol.
This last shot shows it in action!
If I can speed up the process and simplify it (maybe only one color) perhaps I’ll offer up a personalized version on Etsy or something…
As ever, feedback is appreciated.