Its been a while since this blog had some laser-cut goodness. This latest project is to create fridge magnets for a members event. The design uses the Alpha Thin font and features a person holding some fire poi.
After the cutting them all out of 3mm Birch Plywood, we marred them to magnets to with some glue.
With less than a week to go, TOG is holding a competition to celebrate our 8th Birthday Party. The party is taking place after 7pm on Saturday, 28th January in our space, 22 Blackpits. You can find the details on our meetup page.
TOG is a hackerspace based in the centre of Dublin. It is a shared space where members have a place to be creative and work on their projects in an environment that is both inspiring and supportive of both new and old technologies. In the past 8 years we have worked on everything from giant LEDs to Raspberry Pis, we have made a twitter knitter and a pizza oven.
The prizes are a personalized laser cut pencil and a surprise from our 3D printer. Entering is really easy. Simply Retweet this tweet or Share this Facebook post. 5 winners will be pseudorandomly picked from Twitter and 5 from Facebook, on Saturday the 28th, prizes can be picked up in the space.
Update: To enter the Facebook competition you will also need to leave a comment on the post.
Last weekend a bunch of our members visited the annual BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition. It’s always great fun to walk around and to chat to all the students about their projects. It’s fantastic to see how Arduino’s and Raspberry Pi’s have just become tools for the students to carry out their project.
Also at the exhibition were the Stem Module. It’s a mobile truck filled with all sorts of scientific and fabrication equipment to help delivery education programs to school kids. While getting the tour of the truck, we spotted a laser cutting jig for making custom pencils. We really liked the idea, so we decided to give it a go.
So we started off with testing if cutting pencils would work on our Lasersaur.
After this successful test, we tried out a single line font from Robert McNeel and a jig to cut ten pencils in one go.
We are mostly happy with the results. Below you can see the side by side comparison. I think with a better quality pencils and raising the lens of the Lasersaur would get better accuracy. You can download our design here.
We wanted to spreed a bit of cheer the season that’s in it. We decided to make some baubles. The fabulous Louise Nolan did up lovely design. We cut them all on our laser cutter and then with the help of all the craters, we have them ready to send to friends of Tog.
If you would like to make your own our designed is available here or check out more photo of the fun we had making them in our gallery.
Last October, our own Jeffrey Roe visited Radiona, a makerspace in Zagreb,Croatia. While their he gave Skull Radio workshop and hung out in their space. As a thank you, we decided to make them a new sign for their door. Taking a raster image from the Radiona website, we turned their logo into an SVG and made a sign. We went for a raised lettering effect with 3mm Plywood and using CF glue to stick the letters.