…… a few years later……
Recently , I was doing a bunch of cutting on my gf and using the hold down pins that I designed several years ago.
It always brings a smile to my face and a bit of pride when I receive emails whenever the original post is referenced .
It occurred to me , as I was staking down a stubborn board, that my automatic habit to test the flatness, is to simply tap around on the material to see if I hear a “pop” at any tap point. The “pop” indicates that there is a gap between the material and bed (indicating a need for another pin) . When I can tap around, and only hear the dull “thud”, I have achieved a properly secured piece of material.
I rechecked my original post and realized that I failed to add this tip.
Happy tapping !
Cheers to all who inspire me with your awesome designs! Sharing is caring
As @kittski said, there is the “free laser design” category, you can zip your file and then drag it right into your post. You can do the same with an SVG but by zipping there is a less chance of corrupting it. And thanks.
Brilliant idea, using the crumb tray grate to hold the pins in place! I’ll be printing a bunch of them once they’re available! @dan you should put 'em in the catalog! Perfect “second print” after the ruler!
Just encountered a pretty warped piece of MDF and I remembered this post. Zapped out 6 of these little cleats and they worked great. I made mine from ‘eighth inch’ MDF (closer to .13" in reality) and they are a very tight fit - I might make some that are a hair smaller so they don’t damage the honeycomb.
I just tried that web app also . Seems to make a mess of things. Seemed like that app would have lots of poterntial. SVG are funny animals and often behave strangely depending on the encoding. I would be glad to lay them out for you. I tend to use Corel draw for laser design and occasionally have compatibility problems. I’m
Not sure if this will help but I use it all the time to fix SVG files for web app development (my day job)
Check it out. I haven’t run the bed pins through it yet… https://jakearchibald.github.io/svgomg/