Commit 25d7b7a4 authored by Erik Strand's avatar Erik Strand

Combine CNC cutting pages

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title = "Laser CNC Cutting"
title = "CNC Cutting"
date = "2018-09-13"
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weight = 3
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## Laser Cut Construction Kit
## A Laser Cut Construction Kit
Files: [pentagon.dxf](/designs/02_pentagon.dxf), [connector.dxf](/designs/02_connector.dxf)
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![](/img/02_joint_detail.jpg#c)
## A Practical Analysis of Vinyl Cutting Machines
Files: [shannon.svg](/designs/03_shannon.svg)
This past week we learned how to use a vinyl cutter. This is a new tool for me and I'm excited to try it out. As a small token of appreciation for formalizing digital circuit design, I decided to cut a portrait of Claude Shannon to apply to my desktop computer.
Not surprisingly, there aren't many vector images of Claude Shannon online. So I edited a raster image in Photoshop until I had a nice looking two tone version. I also managed to vectorize this image in Photoshop, but whenever I tried to save the results the program got stuck. So I installed Inkscape and used it for bitmap tracing.
![](/img/03_source_collage.jpg#c)
Despite all the detail, the vinyl cutter only took a few minutes to cut my design. Weeding, however, took two hours. Finally I removed a panel from my desktop's enclosure and transferred the image.
![](/img/03_weeding_collage.jpg#c)
I'm quite pleased with the result! The vinyl cutter is a tool I now see myself using regularly.
![](/img/03_shannon_desktop.jpg#c)
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title = "Blade CNC Cutting"
date = "2018-09-16"
menu = "main"
weight = 4
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## A Practical Analysis of Vinyl Cutting Machines
Files: [shannon.svg](/designs/03_shannon.svg)
This past week we learned how to use a vinyl cutter. This is a new tool for me and I'm excited to try it out. As a small token of appreciation for formalizing digital circuit design, I decided to cut a portrait of Claude Shannon to apply to my desktop computer.
Not surprisingly, there aren't many vector images of Claude Shannon online. So I edited a raster image in Photoshop until I had a nice looking two tone version. I also managed to vectorize this image in Photoshop, but whenever I tried to save the results the program got stuck. So I installed Inkscape and used it for bitmap tracing.
![](/img/03_source_collage.jpg#c)
Despite all the detail, the vinyl cutter only took a few minutes to cut my design. Weeding, however, took two hours. Finally I removed a panel from my desktop's enclosure and transferred the image.
![](/img/03_weeding_collage.jpg#c)
I'm quite pleased with the result! The vinyl cutter is a tool I now see myself using regularly.
![](/img/03_shannon_desktop.jpg#c)
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