Last Week’s Highlights:
Highlights - Last Week Executive Orders
Some Clarifications on the International Shipping Schedule:
Can International Buyers who placed an order before Oct 25, 2015 expect the same shipping date?
Will the Continental US orders ship before the International orders?
Will the forum users with “likes” get their units first?
Do we need to keep the packaging that the Glowforge comes in?
You’ll need to keep the cardboard and foam box that it ships in - it’s very specialized (and expensive). It’s expensive, premium packaging to make it easy to unbox/re-box and make sure your Glowforge can survive the mail safely.
Stampin’ out Boredom
I was trying to think of activities for an upcoming party that will have some younger kids looking for something to keep them busy. I decided to leverage the results I saw in my cork coasters where they had some deep engraving. I made some inverted designs of popular characters (black background with white lines) and etched them into some of the scrap cork sheet I had.
I was pleasantly surprised at how well the thin lines turned out. I drove out to the store and picked up an ink pa…
Klever Key Holder
So some time back I printed (3d) a key holder and it has done wonders for my pocket organization. Problem is, it is kinda ugly. Wait! I have a laser cutter. Let’s see what it would look like in maple?
And yes, don’t be so shocked even me, Mr. practical gave in and put some highlights on it. It is just too easy not to.
That’s Gonna Leave a Mark…
Sure enough, burn slow and steady on titanium and it marks up nicely. I wanted to customize one of my knives that has a titanium handle so I made up a little design to decorate it and gave it a shot. Pretty happy with it.
It definitely has possibilities for some nice individualized gifts in the future.
That’s a Sticky Situation
I wouldn’t consider this worthy of posting except it is a milestone for me. I needed a velcro back on this and it just made since to cut it the same shape as the fob. Well, there is nothing close to this in proofgrade so I had to make a SWAG* on power and speed. Looks like I nailed it.
*Scientific wild a## guess
So, after much procrastination, my daughter finally got to work on improving her
castle as the due date loomed. We’d talked about a few options that would make it better, most of which she was able to implement before bringing it in to school.
My contribution (beyond pestering her to get it done and helping her understand how to do some stuff in Illustrator for colors/layers) was to try and figure out the roof. Last version was just wrong, this one was only partly wrong. We started off tryin…
More Gradient Engraves
Took the time to do
@marmil’s weave in Proofgrade walnut ply.
This first is 100% power, max speed and 450 lpi.
The second is max power, speed and 340 lpi. The darker walnut would require some tweaking of the design for contrast.
I can imagine the second tiling to make a nice picture frame pattern.
Bling Box Boogie
This was an interesting little project, and I learned an awful lot of what not to do along the way.
I created a little pattern last week for some inlay and to see if kerf adjusting the design worked - couldn’t figure out what to do with it, and finally settled on making a little jewelry tray - the kind that Southern gals keep above the sink to hold their jewelry while doing the dishes or talking on the phone. (I don’t know, Northern gals might do the same thing…my mom has always had on…
Maple Veneer Inlay on Walnut Plywood
I’m not done with the inlay question. I was not satisfied with the result of the compass rose. Even though it was really a first time putting all these materials together, it went remarkably well. Yet I still have to understand a few design issues, especially how Inkscape works to get the engrave size and the inlay veneer size adjusted correctly. I also can play around with the engraving settings to make sure the depth is correct for the substrate material receiving the inlay.
So this …
Walnut Plywood Blocks (Proofgrade)
I have been thinking about this for a while and since I am needing to get stuff to display at the Bay Area Maker Faire, I thought I’d get started on this.
When I was little, we would go visit my Polish grandparents in St. Louis. They had a wooded toy box (about the size of an old beer case, which it probably was). It contained all sorts of small toys, all wooden. I remember the blocks. And I remember the fights we’d get into when one of the siblings inevitably knocked over our towers.
At the m…
Dice (Design Catalog)
I thought I would take another design catalog project out for a spin… One of the game designs is a marble-weighted d6… well by now you should know me and dice… I had to give it a shot!
But you can’t have just one die! You need a whole Yahtzee set!!!
Once again these were super simple to make. This is maple hardwood, just drop it in the forge, load up the design, and press the button. Description calls for glue, but so far slip fit seems to be doing just fine. I’ll probably gl…
As a new beekeeper, I wanted to use the Glowforge to print out something to do with honeybees. In Thingiverse, I found Mutsuki’s bee and decided to give it a try.
I used Proofgrade maple hardwood for this project. It cut perfectly on the first try.
Below is the attribution information from the file I downloaded. Click the attribution for a link to the project description and files. Personally, I choose to tip a designer whenever I download a file and print it (when availabl…
Single Pass Cut through 0.43" Solid Oak Hardwood
OK, so Dan seems to think I hide my projects inside the Topics of others and has asked me to be more up front. Maybe so. What I usually do with the Glowforge is make thingamabobs and widgets. Or I just cut things to see how the machine works. Not all that exciting to others or announcement worthy. But here goes…
Here is a pic showing the difference between the 1/8” Maple Proofgrade and a similar cut I made in .43” solid Oak. Didn’t have any problem cutting through the Oak in …
It was a milestone birthday year for my girlfriend, so we decided to do it up! We rented out a gaming bar in Atlanta and had a huge party with all of our friends. Battle & Brew for anyone interested. Awesome place! Tons of couched areas around big TVs with all the consoles and whatever games you want to play. The center of the place is lined with gaming PCs for lanparty style gaming, a couple arcade machines, full bar and kitchen, and a staff of likeminded geeks and miscreants ready to party.
Happy Pi Day
Supplies: Proofgrade 1/8" frosted acrylic - Op time: 20mins
Happy Pi Day.
Go with the Flow
Supplies: Proofgrade 1/8" Maple Plywood
While we were doing the demo of our kitchen we found a bunch of surprises. Outlets covered by built-ins. Double gang switch box covered by wallpaper. Typical demo nightmare. Well the one thing we found was a HVAC vent behind a cabinet. Which I did not account for it our CAD model since I did not know it was there. We soldiered on knowing I’d have to circle back and fix it. Well today I was letting the dogs out. (Yes. I know.) I noticed this.
Oculus Reparo Pt. 1
Supplies: Proofgrade 1/8" Black Acrylic - Op time: 27 mins.
This is a multi-part project. This part is mostly to prototype if what I trying to do is even possibleor even look good to begin with.
So the idea to have a wall clock (Arduino controlled- Specifically a Sparkcore) that’s tied into the HA (Home Automation) And to show a couple attributes of what’s going on. In the form of mechanical notifications and LEDs. This post deals with the visual part that will act as the ‘seconds’ hand.
Engraving on Lowe’s Ceramic Tile
Working on other stuff so this is not yet worthy of a new topic… Quick test of an engrave on standard Lowes ceramic tile.
First Sale on a Glowforge
I took some effort to push the “initiate” button on something that I already had hours of work into but I did and I am happy.
A local commission.
Right on Target
Supplies: Non-Proofgrade 1/4" Acrylic - Op time: 28 mins
I am in the process of finalizing a PCB that I’ve been working on that’s designed to house a stepper driver and a closed loop package. I placed an order with OSHPark and got the PCB about a month ago. I’ve been hand soldering a hand full of them but it’s taking about 1.5hr per board. Yay SMDs!. But why am I doing this by hand? So I started to do some hardcore research on Pick & Place machines and decided to build one myself. Well partiall…
Light as a Feather
Supplies: Proofgrade Cherry 1/8" Plywood - Op time: 6 mins
‘It’s who’s birthday today? They are coming over when?’
I am sure some of us have utter those words. But with the Glowforge, you can make last minute gifts that are still unique and handmade. (That… Sounded like an ad. Sorry- But it’s true.)
This project was dead simple. I started out with a quick google search of a feather (She has this thing for Ikarus) and dumped it in Illustrator.
Yeah- normally I’d use F360. But I had t…
Completed Planter Basket
Hi everyone. I have an updated post on the Planter basket project. (
Beta Project: Planter basket (in progress)) . I made this project to donate as an auction item for a school fundraiser; I had 2 months to make it, and I got it done with 12 hours to spare. Here it is:
I stole the Art Nouveau design for the medallion from the Glowforge catalogue, and printed it on some of the new pre-finished walnut from the Glowforge store.
I originally intended to cover the en…
Maple Proofgrade™ to the rescue….
Egg-ztra Exciting Eggs!
Yes, it’s possible to laser those blown egg shells.
I’m still working out the optimum settings for it, and there are a couple of tricks to get a clean egg, but I’ll get there eventually.
I’m gonna have to set it aside for a bit starting tomorrow, but I thought y’all might want to see the progress before I have to go play accountant and do other assorted family related things.
(Man, I hate tax time…)
DO NOT look a…
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I really like these whimsical architectural models. Not sure the artist would agree with my assessment but I would love to have that discussion with him sometime.
IKEA Board Engrave
I was browsing the IKEA clearance section the other day and found a bunch of cutting boards for $3 a piece so I picked up a few to see how they would engrave. I lettered one of my husbands favorite Julia child quotes and gave it a try!
If anyone else sees these in the IKEA clearance section I say it is worth grabbing a few for when your glowforge comes!
And folks have had a lot of fun with this one:
Laser Engraved Cube
Old School Model Making
Not Made on a Glowforge
Laser Cut Automation
United States of Wood
Life Size Laser Art
More Cool Cork Coasters
Who Do? VooDoo!
Lego Batman Costumes