Project Guides and Tutorials
- 1 Using the Laser Cutter
- 2 Using the 3d Printers
- 3 Instructables
- 4 Making a Tabbed Box using the Laser Cutter
- 5 Creating Stacked 3d Models using the Laser Cutter
- 6 Etching Glasses on the Laser Cutter (.pdf)
- 7 3d Printing Topographical Models
- 8 Generative Design in Fusion 360
- 9 Transferring SolidWorks Drawings to the Laser Cutter (.pdf)
- 10 Preparing an Image for Rastering on the Laser Cutter
- 11 Finishing a 3d Printed Object
- 12 Welding Acrylic
- 13 Create Your Own Maker Profile/Portfolio
- 14 Tulane MakerSpace Image Files
- 15 Make Magazine Skill Builders
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.
Instructions for Using the Laser Cutter
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.
Instructions for Using the 3d Printers
Download Cura for Taz 5 or Ultimaker 2
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.
The tabbed box is one of the simplest and most useful things to design for the laser cutter. There are several online applications that will take your input and allow you to download an .svg file that can be incorporated into Inkscape, CorelDraw, or Illustrator. In my view, using an Inkscape extension is by far the easiest way to design your box and make adjustments right in Inkscape itself.
Instructions for Making a Tabbed Box using the Laser Cutter
Download BoxMaker for Inkscape 0.91.zip
Online service: Boxes.py
The 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 printed.
Instructions for Creating Stacked 3d Models using the Laser Cutter
Download Slicer for Fusion 360
The Rotary Attachment allows you to mark, engrave or cut cylindrical objects, including pint glasses and mugs. Follow the instructions attached to install and use the Rotary Attachment.
A variety of websites provide the ability to create a 3d-printable topographical model of any region you'd like.
Instructions for 3d Printing Topographical Models
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 very own 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
Instructions for Transferring SolidWorks Drawings to the Laser Cutter (.pdf)
A few different solutions for engraving a photograph using the laser cutters
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 a 3d Printed Object
Acrylic is one of the best materials to use on a 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
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
Go ahead and play with our logo, feel free to incorporate it into whatever you want. A bunch of downloadable files here, please add to the collection if you create something cool.
Downloads for Tulane MakerSpace Image Files
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.