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    What do I _have_ to do for fun with a new laser?

    Just curious as I have an 80W 1500x1200mm bed laser coming soon.

    I know what I am going to do on it, i.e. what I got it for but I am new to lasers so what do I have to do on it for fun

    Cutting aircraft pieces from balsa comes to mind, too bad the balsa comes in such small sheets.

    Just on the fun aspect, what else should I have a go at that I and my small kids might like?

    Thanks,
    Jason

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    Puzzles, tiles, stencils, nametags, toast, cookies, Ipods, Ipads, business cards, start with those......
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    threatening your teenagers that you bought it strictly for removing tattoos..

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    If you want a laugh, search Utube for Laser Engraved Tattoos. There's some morons sticking their arms in and lasering images. I couldn't believe it myself and was equally astounded with the comments expecting something like (hope that's allowed here) but no the comments are on the lines of....

    Does it Hurt?
    How long does it last?

    So for entertainment value and educating the kids on what not to do its worth a look!.

    Also try google "spruce" suppliers for balsa and you'll be able to find larger sheets than you can buy in a shop.
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    Thanks guys, I had thought about some neat business cards. Stencils I intend to make for PCB SMD pasting. I thought about a jigsaw puzzle.

    I might practice before I go anywhere near my ipad

    Oh dear, I looked at the tattoo video, yes perhaps it belongs in a berenstein bears book. This son is how you don't do it

  6. Well, the Aztec calendar would be a good start.
    Chinese based Laser cutter/engraver
    Small CNC router
    24" Vinyl cutter
    Lots of ideas, not all of them good.

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    I cut out the aztec calendar on my CNC router at one point, it came out nicely on that.

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    What no cookies?


    Need to update your sig block with all your equipment and location so we can send work your way......include the new laser.
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    Make some wooden boxes in 3mm birch plywood. All my friends were asking if they could get one.
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    Gerber Edge and 2 vinyl cutters
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    For kids, here are some things I've made - sometimes with them pushing the GO button, for some real excitement on their part:

    LED nightlights, tangrams and other puzzles, personalized mini-mag lights, small flashdrives, scrapbooking pieces related to their sports or whatever, greeting cards, notepads, anodized dogtags, iron-on patches and for my nephew's first date, he asked me to engrave a wooden rose for him to give to his girl..and she said yes! Very exciting , hahaha!

    There are some very cool 3-D animal patterns you can get to cut out that the kids can put together, as well as the usual food items (sugar cookies, chocolate bars, hotdogs)

    have fun, dee
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    Start with this project and you will be the hit of the neighborhood.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=...U&feature=fvwp
    Mark
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    Some have posted "foldable wood" pieces here, they are really cool!
    do a search here at SMC.
    Martin Boekers

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    1 - Epilog Legend EXT36 75watt laser 2005
    1 - Epilog Legend EXT36 75watt laser 2007
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    2 - Geo Knight K20S 16x20 Heat Press
    Geo Knight K Mug Press,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mark Sipes View Post
    Start with this project and you will be the hit of the neighborhood.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&v=...U&feature=fvwp
    That's really cool, Mark! You'd have a spectacular piece if you went to town with some fancy painting.

    Oh yeah, Marty, I posted some little notepads with the wood hinges, they were popular last Christmas.
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    Foldable wood sounds interesting, I will look around for that.

    Thanks Dee, lots of ideas there. A friend has decided he liked the look of some of this stuff for his model reailway.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WsTp_aDWLCo

    I thought sure, if you give me the cad files.

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    Do a search here, I believe for Dave Fairfield. He has made some
    incredible models.
    Martin Boekers

    1 - Epilog Radius 25watt laser 1998
    1 - Epilog Legend EXT36 75watt laser 2005
    1 - Epilog Legend EXT36 75watt laser 2007
    1 - Epilog Fusion M2 32 120watt laser with camera 2015
    2 - Geo Knight K20S 16x20 Heat Press
    Geo Knight K Mug Press,
    Ricoh GX-7000 Dye Sub Printer
    Zerox Phaser 6360 Laser Printer
    numerous other tools and implements
    of distruction/distraction!

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