Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Fun With Laser Beams!

Recently got back a batch of laser cut leather, and spent some time finishing a bag. The leather was cut out to make some self-branded coasters, and a prototype hand bag. The robot was made in Solidworks, and then exported as vector graphics to manipulate in Illustrator.

Three coasters, spooning.

These pics are from when the coasters were new, but they have since softened with use, and darkened with all of the liquids spilled on them. They were intentionally left unfinished so that this would happen.

Laser Cut and Etched.

The rest of the leather was used to create a prototype tote-bag. The leather is used for the bottom of the bag for durability, and 1/4 inch thick felt is used for the upper, and handles. Holes in the leather were cut to help out with properly spacing the stitching.

Sweet Tote!

The robot was etched into the front panel, along with some stripes. The top of the bag has a strap that buttons on the front to keep the bag closed. The handles are sewn on, and backed with webbing for strength.


Leather is a fun material to work with, but the "etching" function seems to be a little bit too powerful, cutting about halfway through the material.

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