Paideia Projects 2015

Eric and I ran 4 laser cutter classes during Paideia week and had good turnout each day of 6-10 people.  I think that our 10AM start time might have been a factor in preventing us from being overwhelmed with students, but after trying to run 10 student projects through the laser in 2 hours maybe that’s a good thing.

The classes were a lot of fun with one of us giving a short intro to the laser and demonstrating a couple pieces before cutting the students loose to try their hand at the process.  We were able to walk each student through a project of their own and everyone left with a little laser-made part.  Below are some of the things that students made during their run on the laser.  Since the class a few people have come back to use the laser again and we hope to see more later on this term.

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Engraving on thin doug fir wood. The laser preferentially cut away the material between the growth rings leaving a dynamic background to the engraved image.

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