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Autodesk’s awesome app 123d make is out now. I’ve had a quick play around with a couple of the models i have on hand and the results are stunning!

My only gripe so far would have to be the inefficiency of the nesting it preforms pre-export to .eps.  An additional step would be to take the patterns out to .dxf format and use a nesting program like myfreenesting.com.

I will have a play around in the next few days and post up some results.

This project by Nortdlabs is shaping up to be an impressive looking open-source laser cutter.  I’ve been following the progress for a while and I’m glad to see that it’s in BETA now.  It’s really exciting to see something like this being done to such a high standard and with such a high level of precision.  Shows a lot of potential in the personal manufacturing field.

It seems like a pretty big undertaking but the cutter has been designed to to use standard components. For those not aware, Australia has banned the import and sale of all lasers above 1mw.  To get your hands on anything more powerful you’d have to jump through all sorts of hoops.  As far as I can tell, one has been built here so will have to keep an eye out for any developments…

You can find more info about the project here

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