Rich Johnson Garden Railroading & Lasers

Laser projects


My idea or project must be created in CorelDraw, then I can transfer it to the laser for cutting.   This is a graphic design program.  It is very powerfull and allows me options for my creations.  

Here is an example of a project I wanted to try ....... 

I want to make a set of earings.  A tear drop about 1.5 inches tall.  The "SF Giants"  colors are Orange with Black.   

I'll draw the shape using CorelDraw  and put SF in the middle and see what it will look like cut out.   After many tries I finally figured out how to inlay the letters using different colors.  This turned out to be quite a project.  I used 1/8th colored acrylic.​

Below on the left is the drawing I created in CorelDraw X8.    On the right is what was finally cut out.

Night light

This Challange was to create a night light using a cone, as a stand with an acrylic disk on top that lights up.  I found a cone at Hobby Lobby to use as a protype.  It was a type of cardboard and we painted it black.  I cut off the top and tried to get a beam to shine through the cut off top and centered.  Although it looks good it was not really round at the bottom and not very stable.  I tried different lasers and mountings.  Nothing was working out.  It was put on to a back burner for a while until a better solution turned up.

I am trying to learn the Autodesk Fusion 360 Cad program so I can make 3d stuff to print, hopefully for the trains.  I drew a cone maybe for that lamp thing, and did the stuff needed to 3d print it.  This turned out to be quite a project.  My first attempt ended up to small.  Back to the drawing board.  With the new laser I was going to use I needed a six inch base for it to fit inside.  The top should be 1 inch to support the 6 inch disk.  But a acrylic disk will need support so I need arms to hold it.  That means holes in the cone for the arms.  The next issue was recessing the base into the cone a little.  Once all this was done, I 3d printed this thing.  It took 13 hours!!!  It turned out PERFECT! 

Now I need to make the acrylic stuff.  The Laser was going to have a power cord, I need a slot for that.  The base should be off the table some, so now I need feet too.
In the inage above you can see all the stuff I made.  The Cone (3d printed) with acrylic arms.  The  acrylic base with the laser on it.  The acrylic base with its new wooden feet.  Time to try it all out.
The two images above are using a 3 inch acrylic disk.  It works!! The support arms light up as well as the base.  The next two images are using a 6 inch disk, it even works better!!
One real surprise was how to get the laser aligned to the center of the display  acrylic disk.  I finally made a gig that helped with that, so I could then bolt the laser down.  I still need to mount the cone to the base and add a power switch.   All the acrylic stuff was made using my Laser Engraver.
 In this gallery are a few more projects that I made

  1. Click Image
    Click Image
  2. One Day geared Clock
    One Day geared Clock
  3. Wood Engraving
    Wood Engraving
  4. Slate Engraving
    Slate Engraving
  5. Yard Signs
    Yard Signs
  6. Address on Wood
    Address on Wood
  7. A Rose on leather
    A Rose on leather
  8. Signs
    Signs
  9. Kitchen sign
    Kitchen sign
  10. 6 inch
    6 inch
  11. My virsion of the box
    My virsion of the box
  12. Ball
    Ball
  13. Kadama
    Kadama
  14. Country Farm House
    Country Farm House
  15. 45 deg Jig
    45 deg Jig
  16. 3 color laser
    3 color laser
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