Just before leaving college, I realized that I'd be walking away from a phenomenal cutting tool: the CO2 laser cutter. Now a few years later, I've decided to try my hand at building one at home.
I've built smaller gantries in the past, and I've just finished mocking up a proof-of-concept of this project (video below).
With some promising end-to-end results in both software and hardware, I've decided to "just go for it" and finish off a polished second iteration. Fingers crossed! This is a dive into CAD, machininng, and tweaking some source code--not to mention figuring out how not to breathe all those noxious fumes!
It's been 4 good months since I've begun, and some pieces are finally coming together! Thanks for joining me on this adventure in hardware.