One unique idea was to use different gears to represent sponsors and supporters at different levels. This became the latest exercise in learning how to use the laser cutter for really complicated assemblies, and a combination of operations – generating text and superimposing on the outline, engraving mode for text, then cutting in different sequences. Judging from the blanks left behind of acrylic, cardboard, and plywood, many different efforts are happening already for strange and wonderful projects. They range from precise multiple-part assemblies that interlock to organic, freeform shapes that have everyone scratching their heads.
We plotted gears out, and exported into .DXF format and cut this using a piece of cardboard to test their meshing.
Engraving is a mode that’s a bit harder to do on cardboard so that was skipped until we switched to plywood. The unexpected side-effect was that the engraving took over 2 hours on the plywood since it is a fill operation rather than an outline.
Last night, these were temporarily mounted on the wall to start thinking about a mounting mechanism that would let them turn and mesh freely.
Stop by to see our gears!
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