Week 1: Using the lasercutter

So, you want to make cool things with computers and glue… You’re in the right place! We will start things off with some quick introductions and a tour of the space. Then we will talk a bit about design, software and begin cutting things out using lasers.


Lab / Homework

  • If you aren’t already familiar with using Adobe Illustrator, please spend a few hours working through the Illustrator CC Essential Training tutorials on Linda. Alternatively, you can also create your designs in Inkscape, Corel Draw, or any program that exports vector files.
  • An important part of being a maker is looking at what other people have made. Please add a comment to this post that contains a link (or a video) to a project that you find interesting. It could include laser cutting, 3d printing, CNC machining, sewing, painting, welding, robotics, etc. We will take a look at a few of the comments at the start of the next class.
  • Develop a concept and a design for your laser cut clock

Assignment 1

Week 2: Basic Assembly

Special guest: Jessica Rath will speak to us about the “A Better Nectar” exhibit.

We will start things off by looking at your fabrication submissions. Then, we will learn a few tricks in Adobe Illustrator that relate to laser cutting and engraving – techniques such as creating veneer wood inlays. We will also learn how to properly use basic power tools, glue, clamps, sandpaper.


Week 5: Using the X-Carve CNC machine

A CNC machine carves objects out of wood, foam and plastic using various types of router bits. We will be learning how to use the Inventables X-Carve machine that we won during the 50 States Contest last year. The X-Carve can create things like guitars, skateboards, signs and furniture. We will also learn about different types of wood and router bits.

But first… we will be taking a look at your finished lasercut clocks.