This February 10th was the Computer-Controlled Cutting and I liked it very much because was the first time that I choose to be a volunteer, it was a short time but I wanted to present my progress, it was a good experience. Inside the class we were able to learn some concepts about CNC machines, they showed us the types of laser cutters and vinyl cutter. Thanks to the classes I receive from the Barcelona lab I was able to learn the operation of many of them and learn about their characteristics.
The Barcelona team is a great working team, Josep, Eduardo, Santi and Xavi are giving us very good support with many softwars so thanks to them I have been able to understand better the necessary programs. ¡Thank you guys!
In order to have access to a laser cutter we had to process a permit to go to the Fab Lab in Lima, this space is inoperative since the beginning of the pandemic in 2020 but we have been able to take out all the machines except the laser cutter due to its size and weight. After a year I have returned to operate a laser machine, it has been very nice to meet again with our old workspace and especially to see again some of the team, I missed this space already!
To start the work we had to have all the necessary protocols both at the entrance of the building and in the space itself, after that we organized the materials to use and checked the machine, some time ago there was an accident due to a bad maneuver but happily it can be used, thanks to my partner we were able to clean and leave the lab ready to create and have fun.😍
To begin to operate a machine you have to understand how it works, its features, its parts and especially its limits, I had already handled a laser cutter before but I had never stopped to understand its operating system. This space has allowed me to research and learn more about the concepts of cutting and also explore its capabilities. This system is very interesting because being a precision work it helps a lot to the quality of the cuts and of course with a speed that hardly a human being could replace.
Next I will share some summarized graphics about how a laser cutter works, thanks to the Fab Lat team we had a special session with one of the specialists in Trotec machines, his name is Luis Flores and here we know him as LEFO, we met online with him to have more information and suggestions from him, thank you very much master! 😃
This week we also had the opportunity to learn about the operation of a vinyl cutting machine. Thanks to the Fab Lab Peru team we were able to coordinate access to one of them and take a tour of each of the team's houses. I was the first one to have it and thanks to some tutorials on youtube I was able to learn how to operate it.
The first challenge was to get a vinyl cutter, thanks to Tio Geny from Fab Lab Peru I managed to get one at home to be able to do my tests. We quickly coordinated and I was able to have the machine shortly after the Wednesday class. Due to the pandemic we can not easily access the Fab Lab labs, so we had to organize ourselves to have the machine at home for each of the Fab Lab Lima team.
This is the first time I was able to operate the vinyl cutter on my own, I had seen it before but never used it, I enjoyed learning how to use it. The cutter I got is the ScanNCut2 CM650W Brother, it has a 12" x 12" work area and a built-in 300 DPI scanner. The material I got was vinyl of different colors so that allowed me to try different shapes and sizes, thanks to persistence I was able to make my first tests.
Parametric design has been a very nice challenge, I have been able to explore various tools that I had not used before with this level of optimization. Here I show you a journey between some software like FreeCAD, Fusion 360 and Rhinoceros - Grasshopper. 💪