January 19, 2019 Shop Log

McKenzie and I had some time to kill before her 1:00 PM riding lesson, so we grabbed a coffee and came to the shop.

I immediately fired up the FSL Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter and started cutting out the next panel of parts for the Eiffel Tower model.
While the Muse did its job, I quickly threw together a stand for the Printrbot Simple Metal 3D Printer at home. The Monoprice Select Mini would set above on the shelf, and the Printrbot underneath. Planting the beginnings of my 3D Printer farm…

January 12, 2019 Shop Log

While doing some computer work, I loaded the Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter with a fresh piece of 3mm birch plywood and ran a cutting job of the first and second floors of the Eiffel Tower model.
Using SketchUp, I quickly drafted and created a stand for my Cetus3D Printer at home.
The end result worked out well, gaining me some additional precious desktop space.
And while at it, I also created a stand for my Monoprice Select Mini at home.

I also updated my copy of Vectric VCarve 7.5 for Shopbot to VCarve Pro 9.5. I now have another software package to learn.

January 6, 2019 Shop Log

  • I continue to work on cutting out the Eiffel Tower on the Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter.
  • Cleaning the lens on the Muse prior to running the cut job seems to make a tremendous difference in cutting. I must remember to do that at the start of each day use of the Muse.
  • While the Muse worked, I set up a Wyze Camera for the X-Carve.

I finished cutting the first and second floors of the Eiffel Tower, recut the Base and started assembling.

January 5, 2019 Shop Log

I just returned from Paris and have developed an interest in the Eiffel Tower. I wanted to make a laser-cut model of the famous tower and discovered the cut file on GradCAD. In order to make it large and yet fit in the bed of the Muse Laser Engraver and Cutter, I had to split up the cut file into parts:

  • Base 1
  • Base 2
  • First and Second Floors
  • Supports between the First and Second Floors
  • Summit

Laser cutter settings for the 3mm plywood are:

  • Speed: 20
  • Power: 75
  • Current: 100
  • Passes: 1

Base 2 was cut. I had only enough plywood for 3 of the 5 groups, so I had to make a run to Woodcrafters.

I didn’t scale the cut file properly, resulting in the tabs not matching the thickness of the plywood. I will have to rescale and recut.

The re-scaled cut file worked.

I need to adjust the cutting settings as the base cut didn’t go all the way through the plywood. I sanded the back side of the cut to free the pieces.