A Really Big Box Arrived!

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It’s a big wooden box, but what’s inside?!

So I know I went quiet again for a week or so and there has been good reason, a really big wooden crate arrived with the newest addition to the studio, along with a new desk to sit it on. A jewellers workbench has also arrived and found its way into the studio for my partners hobby.

Anyway back to my big box! I have been trying to talk myself into this purchase for over a year now, so it was a bit of a releif to have finally got it done have it arrive. So what’s in the box?! I hear you cry!

Well it’s a 40watt Laser Engraving machine. I know many call them cutters but I suppose at this power level they are really more at the engraving end of the spectrum rather than the cutting end, although I have already done a couple of test cuts and it does cut too, although I am yet to test up to what thickness.

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The latest addition to the studio, my laser engraving machine!

So why is I suppose the next question and to be honest I have been wanting one for around 2 years since doing a laser cutting course at my local contemporary arts centre.

I have so many ideas for things I want to do with it but for the time being I have been mostly just playing around, getting to know the machine and the software, hence I haven’t been around much for building and posting since it arrived.

I have also been trying to design a range of parts I want to make using the laser for making life in the studio easier so I have been hitting the CAD package to iron out my designs.

Finally I have an idea for display bases for some of my builds so keep your eyes open for them making sneaky appearances on the blog although it won’t be for a wee while yet as I am still working on the artwork.

So I will leave you for now with a photo of the prototype of the best in class awards I am making for this years show the model club I am a member of is putting on. Let me know what you think!

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Prototype design for Best In Class Awards for this years show.