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Weekly Staff Picks, April 22, 2012

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Apr 22, 2012 10:03:51 AM

Here are our Staff Picks for this week.

The Tricorder Project   Open source project aims to build StarTrek Tricorder- want to help? - Evan

Republic Bike   Customized bikes: Republic Bike.   You can customize your bike based on shared design. - WanTing

Phantasm CS   This is a plug-in for Illustrator that adds several useful tools including embedded image capabilities and vector toning.   There’s a free trial period. Great for laser work. - Stephanie

Computers Powered by Crabs   Research shows that logic gates (OR, XOR, and AND) can be simulated by herding soldier crabs through tunnels, meaning a crab-based computer is at least theoretically possible. - Alex

Say Hello to Tegris   Ever wonder how laser cutting machines are made?   Quench your curiosity! - Seth

Topics: nfs, carbon-fiber, bicycles, tricorder, laser, Uncategorized, phantasm-cs, tegris, laser-cutting, crabs, illustrator

More Classes

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Jul 18, 2011 2:30:00 PM

I have taken more classes.   I have taken the first part of the Trotec Laser Cutter/Engraver class, the first part of the TorchMate CNC Plasma Cutter class and the first part of the ShopBot class.   Each of these machines is a fantastic tool.  

All of these machines are software controlled so time is spent learning how to use the software.   Adobe Illustrator, which is available on our computers, can be used to create 2D engrave-able images for cutting out or engraving on the Trotec and TorchMate.  

In the Trotec Laser class, one of our members made a business card out of MDF particleboard and another engraved on a piece of plastic.   We were shown how to go through the process of setting up our files and how to set up the Trotec for different materials.   We were also told of the hazards associated with this machine and how to avoid crashing the bed into the laser.   There is a tray of sample materials to touch and look though with setting information.  

With the TorchMate we did not make anything, that is for the second class.   While we focused on the software, the instructor did demonstrate how to inspect the machine for wear and how to replace those parts as well as how to change the different pieces for different settings for different materials.

In the ShopBot class, after being shown how to use some features of the software, two of the members made engraved cutting boards.   The ShopBot now has a vacuum bed to hold work pieces in place and there is some experimentation going on with this.   It is being improved by our staff.   It’s very cool.  

I definitely have some ideas to put these tools to work.  

Topics: adobe-illustrator, laser-engraver, laser-etcher, torchmate, Uncategorized, shopbot, trotec, laser-cutter, plasma-cutter, cnc, illustrator

The VersaCamm SP-300i

Posted by admin

Jun 29, 2011 11:12:33 PM

I have also taken the class for the VersaCamm SP-300i.   This is another machine that can use designs made with Adobe Illustrator.   This machine is very versatile.   It can produce decals and lettering as well as heat transfers for clothing.  

The instructor went over the specifics of the machine including safety precautions, how to load it and how it is set up in detail.  

We were also introduced to the software that controls the VersaCamm.   We were shown how to work with the graphics and how to adjust the cutting.   There is a vast array of settings that give a great deal of flexibility to what is produced.      

The instructor showed us how easy it is to have very impressive results with the VersaCamm.   I’m looking forward to using this machine for a number of projects and I know I’ll enjoy using The VersaCamm SP-300i.

Topics: Uncategorized, vinyl-lettering, decal-cutting, decal-printing, illustrator, t-shirt-printing, vinyl-printing


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