Laser Cutter Build Documentation

Custom design parts

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Custom design parts

There are a total of 83 custom parts we designed and cut for the laser cutter. These include the floors, skins and lid covers as listed in the Table below. DXF design files and linuxcnc gcode and files can be found online at

Material Description # of parts # of unique designs
1/4” MDF Frame floors and interiors 13 parts 13 designs
1/4” MDF Magnet holders 50 parts 1 design
1/4” black ABS Current meter bracket 1 part 1 design
1/4” black ABS Cable carrier adapters 2 parts 2 designs
1/4” black ABS Cable carrier x-axis support 1 part 1 design
1/4” black ABS Frame covers (skins) 14 parts 12 designs
1‘4” clear acrylic Lid covers 2 parts 2 designs

Additional notes

MDF floors and interiors

The floors and interior side walls for the laser cutter are made using 1/4” thick medium-density fiberboard (MDF). We used two 4’ x 8’ sheets to make a total of 13 individual routed parts: lower floor (4), middle floor (5), upper floor (2) and interior side walls (2). MDF sheets were purchased from local lumber store, Ganahl lumber (approx. $ per sheet).

After cutting, MDF parts were treated with a coating of Shellac.

Cable carrier adapters

The custom cable carrier adapter parts are cut from 0.25” thick black ABS. After cutting they are heat-bent to a right-angle.

MDF magnet holders

One design was made for the magnet holders and this was cut from MDF to make 50 individual parts. These are mounted to the aluminum frame.

ABS frame covers

The frame covers were cut on the router. After machining, magnets were mounted to attach them to the frame.

Clear acrylic lid covers

These two parts were cut from 1/4” clear acrylic using a laser cutting service (Pololu). Turnaround was less than a week and cost, plus shipping was $x.

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