Finished with the sewing for now. This week, we’ve been using the laser cutter. Below are some examples of the types of things that I’ve been doing:
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I tried several things with the laser cutter. First off, I made a simple pattern, much like a snow flake (top left). From the settings i used, the laser only marked the material. I got used to using Adobe Illustrator quite quickly but the problem was the laser cutter settings.
I found that using the settings:
Power 95% Speed 100% – are good for dark marking the material
Power 100% Speed 60-75% – are good for a clean-cut
Power 60-75% Speed 100% – are good for lightly marking the material
Second thing I decided to do was cut the same pattern again but smaller and cutting all the way though. The problem with this was that I didn’t know what settings to use for this and as a result the laser cut most of it out but left little bit that resulted in the pattern still being held in the material. Using the scissors I was able to cut the pattern out but it still wasn’t as good as it would have been if it was cut by the laser.
I had the same problem with the contrasting head piece but I think it still looks good in its own way, the tares add to the effect. There was also an other problem (that I now know how to fix) that whenever I used too much detail in one small area, the material would just disintegrate, you can see this in the lower right picture and the second from the bottom on the left. The effect I was going for would have worked if I had used a lower power or if I was engraving a piece of wood. I feel a lot more confident using the laser than I was at the start and I know what settings affects the quality of the work, wether its to mark, cut or etch.
I like how the effect of layers has change the look of the lower right piece, I just wish the the fancy pattern sheet behind hadn’t fallen apart.