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How a Laser Cutter Teaches Design Thinking

Imagine your students working through a guided process to solve pressing, real-world problems. They are deeply engaged in this meaningful work, and they are about to become even more engaged as the ideas from their imaginations become actual, tangible products as they are quickly prototyped on the school’s new laser cutter. You’re happy, too, because the project they are working on meets Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards for solving authentic problems.*

Project: Dice Sliding Puzzle with LC40 and 3D45

One of our favorite TV shows growing up was Survivor. It was a show of wits, physical strength, and social prowess. Above all else, our favorite part of the show was the challenges. We would try and recreate them for ourselves and compete to see who could finish the puzzles the fastest. One of our favorite puzzles to race against were the slide puzzles.

This was something we knew we wanted to create with the 3D45 printer and LC40 cutter. Our current design can be as small or as large as you like, and feature any design you’d want to create! We decided to make the face of the design resemble dice pieces, rather than standard numbers.
 

How To: Create A Laser Cut Floating Picture Frame

Do you need a quick gift for Mother's Day this weekend? Here, we show you how you can make a "floating" acrylic picture frame for your loved ones. You can use a Digilab LC40 laser cutter to cut, engrave, and personalize the perfect frame to capture any special moment.

High School Students Lend a Hand to a Worthy Cause with 3D Printing

Hardin-Jefferson high school students use 3D printing technology to build and donate prosthetic limbs.

When her principal asked veteran mathematics teacher Joy Schwartz to teach a printing and imaging technology course for high school students, there might have been an ulterior – and heartwarming – motive.  
 

Should I Get a Laser Cutter or a 3D Printer?

Many maker spaces and classrooms are equipped with both 3D printers and laser cutters, and creative people may have one or both devices in their homes and workshops. Together, these two tools can be used to teach new skills and inspire creativity. Projects created with either a 3D printer or a laser cutter may be artistic, functional, or both.

These machines are cutting-edge technology that can inspire us to think outside the box. They can be used together, but you might wonder whether you should get a laser cutter or a 3D printer, instead. To answer that, you need to understand how each device works.

Laser Focus: Take Your Crafting Business to New Levels with a Laser Cutter

Whether you are just starting a crafting business or you have been successfully selling your creations for a while now, as a small business owner, you understand the importance of investing in equipment that will have a positive impact on your bottom-line. Laser cutters are growing popularity among crafty people due to their ease of use, unlimited potential for unique designs, and significantly high returns on investment. The ability to create custom engraving, paper crafts, jewelry, and a lot more in a variety of materials is bringing home laser cutter technology to the mainstream in ways that were once unfathomable. If you're new to the idea of using a laser cutting machine, you're definitely not alone. Once reserved only for large manufacturing operations, laser cutter desktop versions are becoming more affordable and available for everyone. 

5W, 40W, or 90W: How To Choose The Right Laser Cutter Strength for Your Needs

Laser cutters come in a variety of different strengths. Many are focused on industrial use, such as those used for cutting diamonds, and too strong for home use. There are three strengths that are ideal for small businesses or hobbyists: 5W, 40W, and 90W. It may be difficult, at first, to figure out which is right for you and your unique projects. Overall, finding the best laser cutter for your needs is going to require some deep consideration on what you will be using it for, the materials you plan to use, ease of use you require, and your price range.

Makerspace 101: The Ultimate Guide to Makerspaces - Part 2

We get a ton of questions every day from people asking about makerspaces, so we put together this guide for those of you who are curious to learn more. The second part of this guide shows how to start setting up your own makerspace, learn how to operate and manager your space, and the types of ideal projects that are