QR Code Hacking

Posted in: How To- Jan 06, 2012 1 Comment

While there is considerable debate whether or not QR Codes will “catch on”, they are beginning to show up in more and more places. Although a code can store as many as 4,096 characters of text in any format, QR codes are most commonly used to provide easy access to a web address. It makes […]

Assembling the Frabjous puzzle/sculpture

Posted in: Client Work, How To- Dec 25, 2011 1 Comment

For those who are not into puzzles and would rather just put your Frabjous together, here is a step-by-step video to follow.

Infrared Camera Conversion

Posted in: Equipment, How To, Just Because- Oct 13, 2010 1 Comment

With my brother’s wedding approaching, I decided to tackle a project that had been on my list for a long time: converting my old Nikon D70 SLR camera to shoot infrared photos.

Laser Cut Finger Jointed Boxes

Posted in: Equipment, How To- Aug 18, 2010 No Comments

One of the first real production projects we did was laser cut lamps for Christmas gifts. The ones we modeled ours after used a miter joint but we didn’t have a good way to cut a consistent angle across the length of the wood pieces. We opted instead for a finger or box joint.

Sound dampening enclosure for air compressor

Posted in: Equipment, How To- Aug 14, 2010 9 Comments

Our workshop is currently located in a residential loft community. To support the laser cutter and other tools, we have a 3 HP, 21 Gallon, 120 Volt 115 PSI Cast Iron Vertical Air Compressor from our favorite store, Harbor Freight. If you’ve ever used a compressor, you know they are REALLY LOUD! For our sanity, […]

Problems Gluing Laser Cut Acrylic

Posted in: How To, Materials- Aug 06, 2010 2 Comments

Acrylics and similar plastics are commonly glued using “solvent glues”. That is, the glues actually soften or partially dissolve the edges of the materials you are bonding. As the solvent evaporates, the two edges ‘re-set’ themselves, as a single piece. Use the right glue (and technique), and you have a strong bond that is nearly […]