Saturday, 11 October 2014

Chaosdorf Bottle Tops


Last night at Chaosdorf we cut a few little samples to see what would work on the laser cutter. This bottle top was a fantastic success. I'm expecting some awesome things when they start engraving their own logos on to the bottle tops for their home brew (and now I'm home again I'm relaxing and thoroughly enjoying one of the bottles we bought home with us)

Friday, 10 October 2014

Chaosdorf Cutting


Tonight I'm in Germany and more specifically Düsseldorf where we're visiting the Chaosdorf Hackspace. We have just installed a Greyfin laser cutter and they decided to engrave the hackspace logo onto the top of an old IBM thinkpad. They've picked up the software pretty quickly, imported their design and with a few gentle nudges have etched this logo onto the lid of the laptop. After a bit of a cleaning scrub it came out really nicely. 

It'll be a fun night here at their social evening and then back to the UK for Dominic and I tomorrow.


Wednesday, 8 October 2014

More White Knight


My black on white, laser engraving laminate finally arrived so I could sit down and do some more of the White Knight Designs. As a game of thrones fan these two really caught my eye and it was good fun putting them through the laser cutter last night. Jordan has been great about sending me higher resolution artwork than I can steal from Facebook so I cut them in duplicate and will be sending the second set in his direction.

In the meantime don't forget about my attempt to jump start my Carcassonne set file release.



Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Jumpstart me Carcassonne


Nearly a year ago I completed my Laser cut set of Carcasonne, it's been up for sale in my webstore but I am continually asked to release the svg file so people can cut there own. I normally share all my files but I have a few problems with this one, it took 160 hours to draw the base tile set and a further 24 hours to draw the river. I haven't been able to justify giving the file away but with the world being the way it is I can't sell it as a file to individuals because it only takes one person to share the file elsewhere and I've lost all control over it. So I've come up with this 'Jumpstart me' idea.

I'm asking for just £500 (not a lot of 200 hours of work) and when I reach that amount I will release the files to the general public. In the meantime you can purchase the files for just £10 and you get help us get towards the amount needed for general release.

Purchase the Carcassonne Files here

Current total £350 / £500 (Updated Dec 2015)

The small print
  • This is not a good way to recreate your own Carcassonne tiles. This is a deluxe version of the set and will cost far more than buying the basic set. 
  • If we do not reach the full amount by the 7th Novemeber, I will make the decision to cancel and refund everybody or accept the amount reached and release the files anyway.
  • The tiles are done with 3 cut operations, an etch, a low power cut and a high power cut. The low power cut can be very tricky to get right without cutting through the wood.
  • The files will come as svg, pdf and dxf. There were made in inkscape so svg is the native file type. pdf actually works as a universal file, the dxf imports into Lasercut 5.3
  • Lasercut 5.3 files can be supplied upon request.
  • This is not a full game it is a board game accessory, you should still buy an original copy to ensure you have the complete game.
  • Klaus-Jürgen Wrede, Z-Man Games or any other publisher please don't sue me for using your artwork, we just love your game and want to make our own awesome versions of it.



Monday, 6 October 2014

Foam Sword Blanks



This is not the project it should have been. I was supposed to be engraving this design onto the side of a blank sword (A 3 layer foam sandwich with a carbon fibre rod in the middle). I was supposed to mark the outline ready for cutting. The problem is that with the rod sticking out the end of the foam there was just no way to make the sword fit inside the 1200mm wide hole to get it under the laser head. It was really the wrong combination of thickness and size.

Plan B, I cut and engrave the swords as 3 separate panels and they get turned back into a sword when they are returned back to Eldritch. This was an option, right up until the moment I left Nottingham because even just foam blanks were 1100mm long.

Plan C, I cut the each layer in 2 parts, small enough so they fit inside my laser. 

As you can see, not everything works out as planned, This has left us with an interesting sandwich arrangement but I'm sure Simon will be able to work his magic in it. I shall post an update photo when the sword is completed.




Sunday, 5 October 2014

Foam Sword Templates


I hadn't really thought about to before but when you're making a dozen similar LRP weapons at once it pays to have a template to trace around. Simon asked me to upgrade his lino templates to perspex ones which. There are 4 sizes, the longest being 1.1m long so I took a trip up to Nottingham hackspace to use their larger laser cutter. These were cut from 6mm perpsex and came out rather sturdy