For my project, I want to incorporate laser printing with some sort of table. This means either a desk with some sort of organizational drawers or a nightstand/side table. As for the aesthetic, I am thinking about going with a futuristic, circuit board style of design. That way I’ll have the nice burnt wood from the laser cutter forming a futuristic pattern before treating the wood myself to give a smoother look the the project.
So showcase this in a prototype. I decided to create a very basic mini table by laser cutting some wood and etching a design into it. Below is my Rhino 3D model that I used to set up for the actual cutting.
I then created the design that would be etched into the wood.
The next step was to do the actual laser cutting.
This left me with my final cut pieces shown below.
Finally, I assembled the pieces together to get my prototype.
What I learned from the experience is that I still want to do laser cutting and etching. However, because I am limited by width, I will most likely create a basic skeleton out of 2×4’s before laying higher quality laser cut wood over the top. I really feel like I have a lot to work with and can make the project look amazing.
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