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==[[Using the Laser Cutter]]==
 
The laser cutters can be  used to either cut specific paths or engrave images.  This tutorial will show you how to use a laser cutter once you have designed your image.
 
 
==[[Using the 3d Printers]]==
 
A 3d printer will build your 3d model layer-by-layer.  This tutorial will show you the basics on how to set up your model to be run on one of the 3d printers.
 
 
 
==[http://www.instructables.com Instructables]==
 
==[http://www.instructables.com Instructables]==
 
There are thousands of free projects and plans available on the [http://www.instructables.com Instructables] website for just about any kind of idea, you can simply browse through their main sections or search for a specific type of project to find plans, schematics, videos, and instructions to build or modify their projects yourself.
 
There are thousands of free projects and plans available on the [http://www.instructables.com Instructables] website for just about any kind of idea, you can simply browse through their main sections or search for a specific type of project to find plans, schematics, videos, and instructions to build or modify their projects yourself.
  
==[[Making a Tabbed Box using the Laser Cutter]]==
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==[[Generative Design in Fusion 360]]==
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The tabbed box is one of the simplest and most useful things to design for the [[Laser Cutting|laser cutter]].  There are several online applications that will take your input and allow you to download an [[vector graphics|.svg]] file that can be incorporated into [[Inkscape]], [[CorelDraw]], or [[Adobe Illustrator|Illustrator]].  In my view, using an [[Inkscape Extensions|Inkscape extension]] is by far the easiest way to design your box and make adjustments right in Inkscape itself.
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Autodesk's Fusion 360 has a Generative Design workspace that uses computational optimization to create beautiful and abstract 3D models using computer learning. This video tutorial was created by one of our former Fabrication Technicians, Dylan.
 
 
Instructions for [[Making a Tabbed Box using the Laser Cutter]]
 
 
 
Download [http://www.inkscapeforum.com/viewtopic.php?t=18315 BoxMaker for Inkscape 0.91.zip]
 
 
 
Simple online service: [http://www.makercase.com/ MakerCase]
 
 
 
==[[Creating Stacked 3d Models using the Laser Cutter]]==
 
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The [[Laser Cutting|laser cutter]] can be used to create 3d models by cutting individual thin layers and then stacking them together to create a full size object.  This is useful for creating prototypes that may be too large to be [[3D Printing|3d printed]].
 
 
 
Instructions for [[Creating Stacked 3d Models using the Laser Cutter]]
 
 
 
Download [[AutoDesk 123D Make]]
 
 
 
==[http://makerspace.tulane.edu/Uploads/RotaryAttachment.pdf Etching Glasses on the Laser Cutter (.pdf)]==
 
 
 
The Rotary Attachment allows you to mark, engrave or cut cylindrical objects, including pint gloasses and mugs. Follow the instructions attached to install and use the Rotary Attachment.
 
 
 
==[http://makerspace.tulane.edu/Uploads/SolidWorks_to_Laser_Cutter.pdf Transferring SolidWorks Drawings to the Laser Cutter (.pdf)]==
 
 
 
If you have designed an object for the [[Laser Cutting|laser cutter]] (such as a box) using [[Solidworks]], this will show you how to transfer your Solidworks models into [[Inkscape]] files to be sent to the laser cutter.
 
 
 
Instructions for [http://makerspace.tulane.edu/Uploads/SolidWorks_to_Laser_Cutter.pdf Transferring SolidWorks Drawings to the Laser Cutter (.pdf)]
 
 
 
==[[Finishing effects|Finishing a 3d Printed Object]]==
 
Often 3d printed objects may not be in the correct color or may have a rough texture (especially with quicker prints). There are a number of methods for finishing 3d printed objects, included here are simply a few suggestions.
 
 
 
Instructions for [[Finishing effects|Finishing a 3d Printed Object]]
 
 
 
==[[Welding Acrylic]]==
 
Acrylic is one of the best materials to use on a [[Laser Cutting|laser cutter]] because of its versatility, transparency, and ease of cutting/etching.  However, acrylic is notoriously difficult to bond with glues and other adhesives in a clean fashion and scratches easily when trying to remove unsightly residue.  Welding acrylic is easy to do with the right materials and can create incredibly strong bonds with little to no residue left over.
 
 
 
Instructions for [[Welding Acrylic]]
 
 
 
==[[Create Your Own Maker Profile/Portfolio]]==
 
Add to your resume with a simple profile of your Maker skills and a portfolio of your projects.
 
  
Instructions for [[Create Your Own Maker Profile/Portfolio]]
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It is recommended that you have an Autodesk Education account prior to beginning.
  
==[[Tulane MakerSpace Image Files]]==
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The video is very in-depth, in case you are new to Fusion 360.
Go ahead and play with our logo, feel free to incorporate it into whatever you want.  A bunch of downloadable files [[Tulane MakerSpace Image Files|here]], please add to the collection if you create something cool.
 
  
Downloads for [[Tulane MakerSpace Image Files]]
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Instructions for [[Generative Design in Fusion 360]]
  
 
==Make Magazine Skill Builders==
 
==Make Magazine Skill Builders==

Latest revision as of 05:27, 30 May 2022

Instructables

There are thousands of free projects and plans available on the Instructables website for just about any kind of idea, you can simply browse through their main sections or search for a specific type of project to find plans, schematics, videos, and instructions to build or modify their projects yourself.

Generative Design in Fusion 360

Gendesign.jpeg

Autodesk's Fusion 360 has a Generative Design workspace that uses computational optimization to create beautiful and abstract 3D models using computer learning. This video tutorial was created by one of our former Fabrication Technicians, Dylan.

It is recommended that you have an Autodesk Education account prior to beginning.

The video is very in-depth, in case you are new to Fusion 360.

Instructions for Generative Design in Fusion 360

Make Magazine Skill Builders

Each of these external links to the Make Magazine web site covers a very specific skill. If you're unfamiliar with a tool, material or process, these are the best way to get the background you need.

List of Popular Skill Builder Topics

Full list of all Skill Builder Topics

Measuring with Digital Calipers

Tape measure tricks and features

Types of bearings and how to use them

Elementary sheet metal work

Introduction to metal working

Soldered protoboards for electronics projects

Elementary woodworking skills

Using a carpentry speed-square

Cutting and bending Plexiglass sheets

Carving and smoothing structural styrofoam

Introduction to CNC routers

Workpiece layout - finding the center

Repairing failed 3d prints with hot melt glue

Sculpting and smoothing with Bondo auto body filler

Choosing the right tip for a soldering iron

Choosing the right wire strippers

Taking photos of small objects

First intro to Arduino - make a light blink

Design tools for joining laser-cut parts - also works for CNC

Arduino sound synthesis

Welding smoothing riveting and painting 3d printed objects

Rivets and how to use them

Dual extruder 3d printing - getting started

Eye protection options

PVC pipe dimensions and uses

How to cut, glue and drill PVC pipe

Using .stl files on the laser cutter

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