| ||Thread Tools|
|8th June 2012, 08:02||#1|
Join Date: May 2010
Laser cutting in 3D
Everyone in the world suffers from some degree of functional fixedness, a proclivity to use tools only how they were meant to be use. A laser cutter, for example, is usually used to make flat, two-dimensional parts. [Seeker] broke out of this cognitive lock when he decided to create an illuminated 3D object with a laser cutter and a dozen acrylic sheets.
[Seeker]‘s project is inspired by acrylic edge-lit LED signs. In these signs, a pattern is engraved on an acrylic sheet and a LED illuminates the panel from the side. When the light from the LED hits the engraving, it’s refracted and produces a wonderful colorful pattern.
To make a 3D version of an edge lit display, [Seeker] subtracted a 3D model of a virus from a cube in Sketchup. This resulted in a hollow cavity that would refract light. After slicing up the model of the 3D cube, [Seeker] sent the files over to the laser cutter to produce a few dozen custom panels. [Seeker] glued them together, put the entire assemblage in front of a LED light, and admired the beauty of his new laser cut 3D virus.
|Thread||Thread Starter||Forum||Replies||Last Post|
|Victorinox SwissFlash Laser 2GB Pocket Knife with Laser (4.6027.TG2) Review||jmke||WebNews||0||7th February 2011 14:26|
|Victorinox SwissFlash Laser 2GB Pocket Knife with Laser (4.6027.TG2) Review||jmke||Articles & Howto's||0||7th February 2011 11:50|
|Build a cutting laser from an old PC||jmke||WebNews||1||12th October 2010 12:52|
|Intel Reportedly Cutting Prices||jmke||WebNews||2||15th January 2009 11:05|
|Cutting a Pizza with A LaserBeam!||jmke||WebNews||0||22nd August 2008 23:27|
|AMD NOT cutting jobs||Shogun||WebNews||5||22nd March 2008 12:55|
|Use Laser from DVD Burner to build hand-held Laser Device||jmke||WebNews||2||9th August 2007 22:09|
|AMD Cutting Prices on Athlon 64 X2 Processors||jmke||WebNews||0||22nd January 2007 16:35|
|Mod ManiaŚCutting a Pattern in Your Case Mod||jmke||WebNews||0||24th February 2006 20:22|