While I have the Solidworks model of what I’d like to initially test, I hope to test new ways to make curved cardboard rails. Here I have the start of the rollercoaster where I plan to have a loop and two turns.
I utilized the Integrated Teaching & Learning laser cutters. I did edit the converted Solidworks (to a .dxf). This allows me to raster (engrave) and vector (cut) into the cardboard appropriately. I use the raster to cut partially into the material. This allows me to bend the cardboard consistently.
There are problems with this, especially when the pieces are very thin. The larger parts of the cardboard are perfect allowing the cardboard to be flexible.
I hope to continue using the laser cutter to explore how I can make better rails for the roller coaster. I plan to have a basic set of rails to test the “double-cone” from my previous post.