After two months sitting in PIRL Terrace, the laser cutter got its first run. We purchased a 5th generation Full Spectrum Hobby Laser due to the good reviews and decent price for an entry level laser cutter. As this was my first experience with technology of this type, I really didn't know what to expect. The initial set up was fairly pain free, but there are a lot of pieces to the puzzle beyond the cutter. I was a bit nervous while making sure the air compressor, the water pump and 5-gallon bucket, and the exhaust fan/hose were all set up correctly. I used BoxMaker online to download a test design of an interlocking box. You can see the results below. I added the two holes on top for pencils.
The students continued their work on individual projects this week. We were able to meet three days, so some work was done in Creator's Studio, while one day was spent in PIRL Terrace. The projects are really coming along now. Boe-Bot robots advance on their Arduino sketches. Boats are assembled using laser cut prototypes designed in Apple's Pages application, of all things. An Arduino driven RC Car is tested with new sketches. Light cube sides are sanded and boards are wired. An LED watch assembly receives the soldering of its components. Trebuchet pieces are drilled, cut and sanded.
Photo credits - Reynaldo Macias, 10-25-2013