If you've been lusting after a laser cutter machine but don't have the space, finances or genuine need for a full-sized unit - but still want to have some fun and cut smaller objects ... then you can make your own desktop mini laser cutter. The "Microslice" is brought to us by Instructables user "SilverJimmy" and is designed to have a workable surface area of around 80 x 80 mm. However it's a neat project, and by using inexpensive stepper motors, an Arduino with external driver board and (ironically) some other laser-cut parts you can have your own desktop version burning away in no time:
By following the instructions and using the supplied design files, the project should be approachable to many hobbyists - so visit the Instructable to get started. And for more, we're on twitter and Google+, so follow us for news and product updates as well.
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