Martin Raynsford documents the prototyping on his blog of the Vanillabox laser cutter. The current build looks good (yes, that is wood – it is only a prototype after all) and I’m always curious to read about how makers and engineers change and change again certain design elements during their prototyping processes – thanks Martin for documenting and writing about your experience.
This version of the vanillabox is functional, we’re due to get some cutting videos up shortly. The final box will obviously be made of metal (due to wood flammability issues). The lid will undoubtedly change and be replaced for a metal piece with a laser absorbing window. My challenge now is to get the box drawn and professionally manufactured so we can finalise the price tag.
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