Computer-Controlled Cutting

:blush: Updated for 2020 evaluation standards!

  • Group assignment
    • characterize your lasercutter's focus, power, speed, rate, kerf, and joint clearance
    • document your work (individually or in group)
  • Individual assignments
    • Design, lasercut, and document a parametric press-fit construction kit, which can be assembled in multiple ways. Account for the lasercutter kerf.
    • cut something on the vinylcutter

Learning outcomes

  • Demonstrate and describe parametric 2D modelling processes
  • Identify and explain processes involved in using the laser cutter.
  • Develop, evaluate and construct the parametric construction kit
  • Identify and explain processes involved in using the vinyl cutter.

Have you

  • linked to the group assignment page
  • Explained how you parametrically designed your files
  • Documented how you made your press-fit kit
  • Documented how you made your vinyl cutting
  • Included your original design files
  • Included your hero shots


What does characterise mean?

Answer: Describe/understand the nature and features (of your particular laser cutter)

Can I use the Inkscape clone tool for my pressfit kit?

Answer: No. The clone tool is not a real parametric software.

What is valid for a construction kit

Answer: something more than a finger joint box that you can assemble multiple ways.

Is it compulsory to design my own file in Vinyl cutting?

Answer: No, but you must acknowledge where you found it.