March 25, 2014

Make an Arduino-controlled desktop paper laser cutter

If you've always wanted to experiment with laser cutters but don't have the space or funds - you can still enjoy the principles and cut objects on a smaller scale, by making your own desktop version.

Described by Instructables member kokpat, the desktop version can either move a small pen or a powerful laser across all three axes - allowing drawing or cutting in a small surface. It's a clever project and works quite well, as shown in the following video:

 When making your own version, please take care with the laser and take precautions to minimise the possibility of injury. Otherwise visit the project Instructable page to get started. And for more, we're on facebookGoogle+, and twitter - so follow us for news and product updates as well. 

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However we don't leave you alone to figure it all out, included is a great project and instruction booklet, plus access to a supporting web page and software examples. In other words - this is everything you need to get started for a fun range of electronics and Arduino related projects! So to get started or for more information and to order, check out the product page.

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