Go from 3D to 2D and back again! Use 123D Make to create 2D, laser-cut-ready files from 3D models.
Laser cutters use a high power laser to very quickly make precision cuts in a wide variety of materials. They can also etch (or engrave). Laser cutters are commonly used in manufacturing, but they are also starting to be more available to schools, small businesses, and hobbyists.
To give you an idea of what’s involved, check out our laser cutting process:
Start with a 2D EPS or SVG file – you created using the free Autodesk 123D Make application. It’s available online and for desktop Win and Mac.
Select from acrylic, wood, cardboard, and several other material options upon checkout.
Review your order, choose your shipping location, and enjoy your new creation
Laser cutting has countless uses and below are just a few of them – these should give you some ideas and inspiration to get started on your own laser cutting project.
Model-making firms work with architects to create scale models – such as this YYC Airport model by Ellis Associates – for planning and promotional use.
With the help of laser cutting, designers over at graypants have been producing beautiful things – like these lights made out of scrap cardboard.
VictorianDollhouse is a user who with the help of a laser cutter has been successfully selling dollhouse kits on Etsy – perfect weekend projects!
Some of our favorite projects from the gallery are listed to the right. Use these as a starting point and modify them as you go. View more projects.
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