The Lightblade Learning Lab with Russ Sadler
The Lightblade Learning Lab is a series of videos that Russ did for Thinklaser Limited based on using the Lightblade 4060 Laser Cutting and Engraving Machine. Thinklasers Lightblade 4060 has a 400 x 600mm bed size and was supplied with a 60W EFR laser tube. In this session, Russ takes us through a cardboard engineering project for a gift box, and utilises the pre-ionisation zone of the laser to ensure there are no burn marks on the card.
- (Making a cardboard gift box as an example.)
- Mix of engineering and art
- You can find lots of projects on the following websites:
- Cardboard is inexpensive but a cheap source is cereal packets
- First project – a small gift box
- Different parts of drawing – outside, holes and perforations
- Relationship between power and current – high frequency mode that Russ uses for cutting cardboard
- Grouping objects and ordering the cuts
- Saving the files
- Cardboard should be flat because the non-standard 1.5” lens that Russ uses here has a very short focus range
- Experiments with a piece of scrap material using the honeycomb bed
- Focusing using a step gauge
- Increasing the speed to reduce burning of edges
- Use maximum air flow with cardboard, wood or other organic materials
- Flatness (and consequent de-focusing) causing cutting issues
- Folding a first attempts at the model using double-sided ‘VHB’ tape
- Changing the bed to get the material flatter
- Using a folded sheet steel bed to use as a base for the pin bed
- Making washers to act as spacers to make the steel bed flat
- Mounting the pin bed and using a steel block and magnets to keep the card in place
- Folding the final model
My thanks go out to Tom at Thinklaser for giving permission to embed these videos on this site. If you are looking for a new laser machine from a quality supplier, then I would suggest you check out their website: www.thinklaser.com.
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