Pew! Pew! 5 things you need to know to start laser cutting

Our own Jeffrey Roe talked to Silicon Republic all about laser cutters. Read an extract of the story below.

 

Ever dreamed of running your very own laser cutter? Here are five tips to get you started cutting shapes into everyday items like wood or paper.

Laser cutting – sometimes called etching or engraving – is not only one of the coolest ways of bringing a design to life but also, by far, the most accurate.

While it might be easy to design and cut out a small sign by hand, a laser cutter can do so much more, such as the kind of multi-layered lettering and design that even a skilled artist would struggle to execute.

 

With so many possibilities, you might be wondering: how does the average person get involved in laser cutting and, more importantly, is it prohibitively expensive?

After all, when it comes to laser cutting, my first thoughts usually veer towards the famous scene in the James Bond film, Goldfinger, in which a giant laser gradually edges towards the groin of the British spy.

In reality, laser cutters are far less powerful – and a lot more realistic. Yet they still have enough power to burn through most thin wood, paper or plastic to create a design you need.

To get a look at one in action, Siliconrepublic.com popped down to the impressive Tog hackerspace in Dublin where its CEO, Jeffrey Roe, was on hand to take us through what you need to get started.

Read the full story on their website -> https://www.siliconrepublic.com/machines/laser-cutting-starter-guide

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Lasersaur Realignment

 

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We have been without our much loved laser cutter since our move to our new space. A host of work had to be carried out to get the laser up and running. A new extraction system had to be installed in our electronics. The tube had to be reinstalled in the laser which was taken out for its trip to Blackpitts. The final bit of work was a whole realignment. Each of the 3 lens had to be calibration which takes hours.

Check out the photos from our first few cuts in our gallery.

 

 

 

Science Hack Day Badges

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We love rockets around here, so when it came to creating this years Science Hack Day badge, we decided a new design was in order. We created a new rocket shape design for science champions to wear . A video of the process is below. If you would like badges created for a community event do get in touch with us laser@tog.ie

Tickets are still available for the upcoming Science Hack Day Dublin on the 14th / 15th of November.

Lighthouses at Coder Girl Hack Day

20151010_150637On Saturday 10th of October, DCU Innovation campus was over run with girls who wanted to code. Coder Girl Hack Day was an event run by Coding Grace, Girls Hack Ireland, Coder Dojo Girls and TOG. There was over a hundred girls all learning different coding skills. Here in TOG we looked after the imaginative engineering track.

We the help and support of Intel Ireland, we decided to run a track to showcase making is not just about electronics. As its the International Year of Light, we felt making lighthouses would be very appropriate.

The base model of the lighthouse was designed by Alex Titone and is available on thingiverse. You can check our video below of us laser cutting the models on our Lasersaur.  Check out our gallery to see all the lighthouses the kids made and if you would like to make your own, a parts list is below.

 

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Check out some of the press we got about the event. 

Galileo powered Lighthouses at Coder Girl Hack Day

Coder girls get creative at Girls Hack Ireland Event

Increasing opportunities for girls to pursue STEM

Intel Photo Set

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