This project was the first production job using the vision system on the new laser.
Our new laser has been delivered, and as of today it is uncrated and sitting out in the shop. I had the overwhelming urge to play Also Sprach Zarathustra as we finally got the bottom of the crate removed, and set it down with the forklift. We’ve been trying to land this beast for months, [...]
Harbor Freight, bazaar of wonders. Purveyors of tools of all stripes, from the worthless to the sublime. If you want a tool, they will have some version of it. Some are inexpensive wonders, as good or better than their more expensive peers. Others, worth exactly what you pay for them – which isn’t very much. [...]
With my brother’s wedding approaching, I decided to tackle a project that had been on my list for a long time: converting my old Nikon D70 SLR camera to shoot infrared photos.
One of the first real production projects we did was laser cut lamps for Christmas gifts. The ones we modeled ours after used a miter joint but we didn’t have a good way to cut a consistent angle across the length of the wood pieces. We opted instead for a finger or box joint.
Our workshop is currently located in a residential loft community. To support the laser cutter and other tools, we have a 3 HP, 21 Gallon, 120 Volt 115 PSI Cast Iron Vertical Air Compressor from our favorite store, Harbor Freight. If you’ve ever used a compressor, you know they are REALLY LOUD! For our sanity, [...]