365 laser cut items in 365 days. I provide the files so you can make your own copies and if you don't have access to a laser then I sell most items too.
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Monday, 27 July 2015
The new useless machine design has a PCB which allows it to be assembled easily, it also allows me to sell machines preassembled. The MAD museum are selling the 'No Soldering' version of the machine which means I end up soldering the boards myself. I remade this jig to hold all the boards in place, this post is mostly about the continual improvement though. The last iteration of this jig had round holes which let the PCB's twist in place, this one has square holes that key into the switch and hold them tight. The joy of having everything laser cut is that you can refine these things over and over again with minimal cost and effort until it is exactly right for the job.
Sunday, 26 July 2015
While I was busy making useless machines in the garage today the rest of the family was inside making bunting for Nan's 80th Birthday party (the kids loved it). Not wanting to be totally left out I rolled in at the last moment with half a dozen laser cut flags to be added to the mix. Clearly a lot more effort and love went in to the hand crafted flags but I guess we all have our own skills and Nan will appreciate the thought.
Thursday, 16 July 2015
With the style decided upon but me headed away on holiday, I made a final tweak of the artwork and sent it up to Dominic at Just Add Sharks. He did the actual cutting for me and delivered it to Totally Brewed in time for their event. It looks great on their bar.
Wednesday, 15 July 2015
Our new unit in Nottingham is right next to a micro brewery :) Totally Brewed are pretty cool neighbours and they're vaguely interested in the potential of laser cutting so when we were presented with an opportunity to make a sign for their mobile bar we jumped right on it. The logo featured above looks great but the vectors were far from ready. The design couldn't easily be vinyl cut so I made a few prototypes that could be laser cut to show what we could offer as an alternative.
Tuesday, 7 July 2015
Sunday, 5 July 2015
Ed Saperia, inventor of Heredox and a million other cool things asked me to make a large version of the Heredox tile game for garden parties. It's made from 12mm exterior ply that was cut at B&Q on their big saw. The symbols however were laser cut from 3mm poplar and affixed to the top of each tile, with laser cut markings on each tile to show where the symbols should go. The whole game was then strapped up into a carry case which has the rules engraved on it. As a project it took way longer than expected but it's a really cool item I got to make so that's pretty rewarding.
Thursday, 2 July 2015
Monday, 29 June 2015
Just Add Sharks moved a few weeks ago, we are no longer in with Kitronik and we now have our very own unit in the wholesale market in Nottingham. It's great to have our own space to work from, we've already filled it with laser cutters and I'm now beginning to fill it with laser cut thing too. You're all welcome to visit us at any point just drop us a line first to make sure we're in.
Wednesday, 24 June 2015
It's not only laser cut stuff that gets made in our house, although you'd be forgiven for thinking that. Eli turned 5 this week (where does the time go) and he wanted a Big Hero 6 cake so I knocked up this Baymax head and shoulders. It's all cake based and then iced with ready roll icing (sugar paste), internally I used Cake Frame, left over from my Fraggle Rock adventures, this just holds the head in place. My first attempt at real baking and the Madeira cake was super easy to make and very tasty.
Friday, 19 June 2015
The Minecraft coffee table is now up and visible. There are lots of pictures and a detailed description of the build process available over on the Kitronik Blog. This project idea lingered for a good 12 months and having the support and backing of Kitronik really made it possible to put it together in super fast time. Go check it out now