Computer-Controlled Cutting

Laser Cutting

  • make lasercutter test part(s), varying slot dimensions using parametric functions, testing your laser kerf & cutting settings (group project)

  • cut something on the vinylcutter

  • design, make, and document a parametric press-fit construction kit, accounting for the lasercutter kerf, which can be assembled in multiple ways

Learning outcomes:

  • Demonstrate and describe parametric 2D modelling processes

  • Identify and explain processes involved in using the laser cutter.

  • Develop, evaluate and construct the final prototype

Have you:

  • Explained how you parametrically designed your files

  • Shown how you made your press-fit kit

  • Included your design files and photos of your finished project

Vinyl Cutting

There is no specific project that is focussed on this very useful tool. There are a range of ways you might utilise it throughout the programme, or your local instructor may set a specific project. You might make:

  • stickers

  • flexible circuit boards

  • a textured surface/relief pattern

  • screenprint resists/stencils

Ensure that you have used it in some way during this time and met the objectives below.

Learning outcomes:

  • Identify and explain processes involved in using this machine.

  • Design and create the final object

Have you:

  • Explained how you drew your files

  • Shown how you made your vinyl project

  • Included your design files and photos of your finished project


FAQ:

Can I use the Inkscape clone tool for my pressfit kit?

Answer: 1. No. The clone tool is not a real parametric software.

Is it compulsory to design my own file in Vinyl cutting?

Answer: 1. Yes. Or modify existing one, and acknowledge where you found it.

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