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ironmammoth

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Playing with a Laser Cutter
« on: November 12, 2010, 01:19:38 PM GMT GMT »
I have just got a laser cutter for my workshop at work, so as part of my familiarizing and learning to use it I knocked out this model this week.





The doorway is approximately 40mm high.

Offline captainspud

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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2010, 02:58:26 PM GMT GMT »
Materials, time to plan, time to "print", amount of post-cutting assembly, rough cost, etc?

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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2010, 03:16:47 PM GMT GMT »
Materials =

300mmx300mm sheet of 6mm MDF = pennies
200mm x 200mm sheet of 2mm MDF = even less

Time about 4 hours, but this was mainly learning to use Corel Draw and the laser cutters "print driver".

Also I now have the stone wall pattern (about 1 hour to make) available for other projects and also the roof tile pattern (which I probably wont use again as it is pretty much a cartoon roof).

Actual cutting time on the machine was around an hour (engraving all those stone walls was pretty slow). If I had just done plain walls the thing would have taken about 10 minutes or less to cut). But f course I can be doing something else while the machine is running through the cutting...


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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #3 on: November 12, 2010, 06:27:45 PM GMT GMT »
I'm having delicious visions of mass-producing wargame terrain for my store (currently I have to manually build 8+ copies of everything I make to accommodate multiple tables at tournaments).

Darn you and your awesome toys...

"How did you know you weren't really going crazy?"
"The voices in my head kept calling me Bruce."
"Yeah, and?"
"In my head, that's not what I call myself."

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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #4 on: December 10, 2010, 11:12:02 PM GMT GMT »

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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #5 on: December 15, 2010, 12:28:09 AM GMT GMT »
Shoot, I knew there was something else I forgot to comment on...

Link's a bit funny.  This 'un works.

http://pulp-zen.blogspot.com/2010/12/laser-cut-wargames-scenery.html

Thanks for the heads-up.  Impressive blog post, let alone impressive laser cutter. :D  Brilliant results too - the paintstation especially.

In the video, what exactly is making all the background noise?

ironmammoth

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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #6 on: December 15, 2010, 04:33:45 PM GMT GMT »
The noise is a combination of the extractor unit (sits next to the laser cutter itself) and the cooling fans that stop the laser cartridge overheating.

It is not excessively loud, but I wouldn't want it actually in my office.

Thanks for fixing the link btw!

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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #7 on: December 15, 2010, 04:37:06 PM GMT GMT »
can the paint station ship to the US without too much postage?

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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #8 on: December 15, 2010, 04:50:24 PM GMT GMT »
To be honest, the paint station was a personal project, and I hadn't thought about selling it (seriously anyway).

I can weigh it and let you know what the shipping cost would be. I will also have to work out a price for it...

Not to mention draw up an instruction sheet for it!

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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #9 on: February 22, 2013, 09:36:44 PM GMT GMT »
I have also been trying to do some laser cut wargame terrain.  The designs are freely available.  If you improve on them, please let me know what you come up with - I may be happy to cut a copy and play with it as well.

Fun Elements Website - Wargame Terrain




ironmammoth

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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #10 on: March 01, 2013, 03:32:22 PM GMT GMT »
Nice work.

I have taken it quite a bit further now.




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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #11 on: March 06, 2013, 08:03:05 PM GMT GMT »
Looking good. :)

Something that just occured to me: how are the laser-cut textures for painting?

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Re: Playing with a Laser Cutter
« Reply #12 on: March 06, 2013, 08:29:55 PM GMT GMT »
I've only painted over a couple of the Sarissa stuff and a few Fenris bits and just used paint testers (for wall paints) and a mixture of Vallejo & really old Citadel/ GW paints, no primer.  Works ok, with lighter colours you'll need a couple more coats over the 'burned' parts.
Texture still shows thru unless you slap on the paint very thick- so it's not that easy to accidentally cover up the e.g. stone texture on buildings.
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