Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Draft Box with Double-Hinged Lid

This box design used Direct Modeling techniques in Fusion 360 and two drop-in hinge widget components which were then customized for the application. 

Tiny Tansu

Active again after a hiatus, the Tiny Tansu was inspired by a mizuya tansu rendered at 1/5th scale and designed in Fusion 360 CAD for building with laser cutting techniques.
The designs for the doors and the upper-right box component will still get some revision, and the finish is an open question.
Ultimately, the Tiny Tansu is intended to be a desktop secretary.

Tuesday, March 5, 2019

The Voccell DLS Laser Cutter

The Voccell DLS 50 Laser Cutter
In December 2016, after 14 months of delays I canceled my Glowforge order and ordered a Voccell DLS 50W laser cutter. I received my DLS 5 months later in May 2017. The Voccell DLS 50 was $3500 at the time including the water chiller and shipping. Today Voccell lists the price at $5000.

Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Glowforge

Glowforge describes their product as a "3D laser printer," but it is the same class of device as what the rest of the world refers to as a CO2 laser cutter and engraver. The Glowforge originally went on sale as a pseudo-crowdsourced project by soliciting pre-orders in Sept. and Oct. of 2015 with an "expected delivery" by Dec 2015. They received $28M in fully-paid pre-orders during the phase.

Many delays and feature-changes ensued, and the first finished units were not shipped until July 2017. Most of the backlog was fulfilled over the following year, but some international orders still lingered.