Laser Cut Terrarium inhabitants

Miniature wooden forest creatures liven up tiny landscapes

With the holiday season fast approaching and Ponoko’s laser cutting deadlines closing even faster, here is a very cute gift idea that can be whipped together quite quickly.

Terrariums have a whimsical otherwordly feel to them, whether they are dangling in antique glassware at your local hipster café or nestled in the corner the Science lab at school. Instructables user Jodi Lynns posted a tutorial on how to make mini terrariums complete with teeny little laser cut critters that help give a new narrative to these snapshots of the natural world.

The Instructable starts off with handy advice on how to prepare and maintain the terrarium itself, which can be quite useful if you’ve never done this kind of thing before. Laser cutting the forest creatures is a straightforward process – source images, create the simple vector artwork for laser cutting and then turn that patch of nature into a living storybook.

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Mobile laser cut planter chases the Sun

Turning your house plants into autonomous cyborgs

For many people, keeping indoor plants happy is a task they just can’t get their heads around. The mysterious fine line between care and over-indulgence; occasional attention and neglect… the simple truth is that we don’t all have a green thumb.

With this laser cut arduino-driven project from Instructables user 10DotMatrix, some of the guess work is taken care of. An array of solar panels mounted on 3D printed brackets track the direction and strength of the sun, and then navigate the unit into the optimal position for maximum sun exposure.

Combine this with the clever Plant Friends moisture sensor and you could be well on the way to creating an arboreal cyborg.

A lot of thought has gone in to how to achieve this, so if your indoor plants could do with a techno-makeover, check out the project page over at Instructables.

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Laser Cut Scales

Fabric-inspired pattern knits together like a 21st century chainmail

Here is an interesting way to use laser cutting to produce a dynamic, malleable surface. Inspired by the structure and physical characteristics of certain fabrics, Scales from Japanese designer Shino Onodera is beautiful in its simplicity.

An intricate woven material is constructed from laser cut repetitions of a single simple wiggly pattern. Onodera experimented with a number of different materials to test the structural integrity of the design, with these images showing the version made from tracing paper.

Demonstrations of the laser cut Scales were featured in an exhibition at Japan’s prestigious Keio University, including sheets suspended from the ceiling and examples of the pattern applied in different materials.

What would you make if you could laser cut your own fabric?

See how to make your own Scales on Instructables.

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Javascript Laser Cut Lamp Shades

A few lines of code to brighten your day

When Maxime Beauchemin set out to design a pair of laser cut lamp shades, he decided that it would be fun to make use of his coding skills. Already familiar with d3.js, he used Javascript to generate the vector artwork that would then be sent to the laser cutter.

This was much easier than it may otherwise appear thanks to the interactive setup at jsfiddle.net, a fantastic resource that some refer to as a ‘playground for developers’. Here is a screenshot of the number crunching that makes Maxime’s lamp possible:

This looks like an interesting way to approach design for laser cutting, with the interactive preview keeping the outcome right there on screen. Of course, a little coding knowledge would be handy to get started… but for those who just want to play, you can head over to jsfiddle and tweak Maxime’s code to make further iterations of his Javascript Laser Cut Lampshade.

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Sweet dreams thanks to Sleep Sensei

Ponoko laser cut Kickstarter trains you to fall asleep. Eyes closed, now breathe…

Chasing those Z’s is about to get a whole lot easier thanks to this nifty innovation from Jeremy Wilson on Kickstarter. The Sleep Sensei sits on your nightstand and gently guides you towards a deep, restful sleep.

How does it do this? To some insomniacs, such an achievement may sound like pure magic, but there is some serious science behind the device. Jeremy’s own insomnia saw him trial numerous sleep aids before he set out to use his Arduino skills to sort out their collective shortcomings.

The functional laser cut prototype pictured above is at the core of this Kickstarter campaign, with the final design yet to be revealed. The key technology has all been sorted out already, as can be attested by an overwhelmingly positive outcome from product trials on real sleep-challenged volunteers.

“The Sleep Sensei primarily helps those with sleeping problems caused by stress or an overactive mind at bedtime.”

If you are one of those creative over-achievers who just can’t stop their mind racing at the end of the day (we probably all know at least a few people who fall into that category!) then head over to Kickstarter to discover more about The Sleep Sensei.

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Laser-cut Mechanical Claw

Bringing laser cut Halloween costumes within grasp

We love to see people using a laser cutter to create complex and clever Halloween costumes. This laser cut mechanical claw becomes an extension of the wearer’s hand, and comes alive thanks to mechanical tendons that animate in unison with the wearer’s finger movements.

Put together and posted on Instructables by musicandsky (Xintian Chu), the goal of this project is to make it easy for others to build their own set of mechanical hands.

“…you may see some projects on Instructables and YouTube with similar mechanisms which are awesome, but it may be hard to replicate one of those. In order to let anyone make one, I’ve kept material lists simple, with a lot of pictures to help you assemble.”

I think that he also just really enjoys having giant mechanical claws instead of fingers, and understandably so! Check out this photo from the streets of Taipei:

To read the thorough walkthrough on Instructables, follow the source link below and discover how Xintian Chu and his friends Mac Yu and Ted Hung from FabLab Taipei make it easier than ever to get handy this Halloween.

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