Fabrication Week 3

This week we are learning Laser Cut. I didn’t have any experience before, so this is the very first time for me to get in touch with laser cut.

At the first time I made a huge mistake: I booked the 75W machine, which according to my friends, is the worst choice for new hands.

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I needed to adjust everything manually, and I always forgot to change the button from “focus” to “job”, which took me lots of time.

This is how I learned to adjust it manually:

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Finally I made a maze, based on a picture I’ve found online. But I’m not satisfied with this little project.

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The other day, I found a new piece of wood, and I cut it to fit the machine.

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Then I found a picture I like from internet, and I drew the line of the picture in Photoshop, and then I imported it into Illustrator.

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The shop ran out of tapes, so I needed to use small ones to fix my wood piece.

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After setting up the speed and power and everything, it started to cut.

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For fear that it could not cut deeply, I cut it twice.

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But it turned out that I was wrong: it’s still not deep enough. When I took out my “Tree”,┬áseveral parts broke, because the wood hadn’t been cut thoroughly. So I needed to stick my branches and leaves┬áback together.

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Finally this is how my fragile tree looks like:

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And you can still see the tiny patches on it.

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As for why I chose to cut a tree, it’s from my favorite poem back in high school, “A Blooming Tree” composed by a Chinese poet Xi Murong.

“May Buddha let us meet
in my most beautiful hours,
I have prayed for it
for five hundred years.
Buddha made me a tree
by the path you may take,
In full blossoms I’m waiting in the sun
every flower carrying my previous hope.
As you are near, listen carefully
the quivering leaves are my waiting zeal.
As you pass by the tree
without noticing me,
My friend,
upon the ground behind you
is not the fallen petals
but my withered heart.”

One thought on “Fabrication Week 3”

  1. Yes, the 75 Watt machine is a bit different, glad you tried it though.

    You always want to be sure that your piece is fully cut through. Thin delicate pieces can easily break (as you found out) if they aren’t cut out.

    Glad you tried a couple of projects.

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