Slashdot editor Jeff Boehm visted Maker Works
in Ann Arbor, MI, where they not only have an Epilog Helix Laser Cutter/Engraver
, but let him use it. Which, of course, he happily did, just as you or I would have done if somebody said, "Here. Borrow my laser cutter and engraving machine." The sound in the video is a little rough, since it was recorded live in a room full of loud machines -- like laser cutters. But it's still fascinating to watch (and hear) the process. The only downside is the "Ooh! I want one of those!" effect. There are used units available out there, but they cost as much as a pretty good used car. Maybe that's why there are so many Maker Spaces, also called Hacker Spaces, out there. Here's a global Hacker Space list
. Hopefully, you'll find one near you, so you can do a little laser cutting (and lots of other neat stuff) yourself.
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