We laser cut a bunch of acrylic last night. Here you can see two small flux logos in red plastic. The edges are really crisp, and you get both the negative and the positive, so I have two presents to give out for the price of one. I got this acrylic from tap plastics. They are very friendly and helpful.
I also worked on a technique for making laser cuts and etchings look like an inky brushstroke. It came out OK. I will probably space out the streaks and vary them more next time
The laser cutter is really fun and inspiring to use. The techshop just got two more of the (for a total of four). They can cut acrylic, leather, cotton fabric, cardboard and paper. You can etch all those things and glass.
I’m super excited about getting back to making physical things. This kind of activity is really good to do as a couple, too. One of us will watch the laser cutter while the other person gets the next cut ready. Of course, there is a lot of experimentation still to do. A jewelry box and a light up squid are next, along with little cat cameos.