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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
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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 AutoDesk 123D Make
Instructions for Transferring SolidWorks Drawings to the Laser Cutter (.pdf)
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
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