ADDED 7/2/2018

This is a house I designed myself in AutoCAD. This is my file and my design. It may be similar to others out there, but this is mine. Please do not post this anywhere. you may link to my website, but not post my files.

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FILE SHARE - CUB/BOY SCOUTS

A GUIDE FOR CUTTING OUT IMAGES

ADDED 7/2/2018

* * * Another tip I got from someone else that helps with KERF in the Glowforge GUI is cutting at precision power 100 and 2 slightly faster passes instead of 1 pass full power.

INEXPENSIVE 1/4" PLYWOOD

MY LOW ANGLE TABLE SAW SLED

This is designed to be cut from 3mm or 1/8" plywood. You can find that at Menards.

 FOR THE GLOWFORGE

1/4-20 bolt head goes in the captive washer then inserted from underneath thru the long curved slot and the rotating guide.

These are for Inkscape and designs specifically for the Glowforge.

THIS IS MY DESIGN. I am making this from 1/4" plywood. I plan on using 1/4" bolts and clamp knobs for the rotating part. still conceptual and needs a few parts to lift it up for clearance.

5 TIPS FOR DESIGNING IN INKSCAPE 0.91 

FREE PROJECT - TINY HOUSE 2

PDF instructions included

This is designed to be cut from 0.0625" basswood. You can find that at Menards.

This is a plane I saw a picture of and then designed one myself in AutoCAD. This is my file and my design. It may be similar to others out there, but this is mine. Please do not post this anywhere. you may link to my website, but not post my files. NOW SET UP FOR 3mm OR 1/8" PLY

On the left, green is cut lines, red is score lines to help line up the scroll work, and blue is engrave. The door itself is 3" in diameter. the frame should be a nice tight fight since it's just the width of the laser beam for the gap.

These  are just SVG emblems and my Arrow of light plaque design for troop 55

GLOWFORGE TIPS AND FREE FILES

This is a house I designed myself in AutoCAD. This is my file and my design. It may be similar to others out there, but this is mine. Please do not post this anywhere. you may link to my website, but not post my files.

DPI - GETTING SCALING CORRECT FROM THE BEGINNING.

To make it easier to design, I just held it up to the screen and increased the linewidth until it looked like what the laser actually did. From now on, I use this as my linewidth for my cutout designs. I use the inset and out set tools to shrink or enlarge the shapes until I see what I want.

These are ship to your house products from Home Depot Online.

FREE PROJECT - TINY HOUSE 1

This is designed to be cut from 0.0625" basswood. You can find that at Menards.

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This is a replica of Bilbo Baggins door from the Hobbit. SVG only.

This is designed to be cut from 0.0625" basswood. You can find that at Menards.

Another example ->

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First, set you Inset/outset steps to something low like 0.004 inches. This will give you a good control of the outset and inset tools.

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These are my gap gauges for designing tight fitting interlocking designs. The numbers are what is in the design as a gap. but with a laser, the actual cut gap is wider because of the KERF. when wanting to make interlocking slots or tab slots, just use the gauge to find a tight fit. what ever number is next to the slot that fits nice and tight is what you should use in your design.

ADDED 8/2/2018

This page will be dedicated to the Glowforge 40w Co2 laser cutter. I will post helpful links to materials and files. All files hosted here are created by myself.

GAP GAUGES

To be done all on one piece. the engraving doesn't cross the scroll work (score lines).

ADDED 7/2/2018

FREE PROJECT - WRIGHT BRO. PLANE

TEST PATTERNS FOR SHADES BMP

MORE COMING SOON!!!

VERSION 2

I was having trouble getting my designs to come into the Glowforge workspace to scale. I discovered through help that the DPI of these 3 fields MUST be 96 dpi. I wouldn't have thought they control the vectors too, but this affects the entire document. I also fount that the designs I already had in the old DPI didn't get fixed by just switching it in that document. YOU ONLY NEED SWITCH IT ONCE AND EXIT ALL OPEN INKSCAPE DOCUMENTS TO SET IT AS DEFAULT.


BUT....  That doesn't fix the ones that already exist. You must open a new file, and COPY AND PASTE the contents from the old document into the new one. Close the old one and save over the old one. It will now import into Glowforge to the correct scale.

QUICK AND EASY PHOTO PREP IN INKSCAPE

The final design that actual matches the inkscape design.

FREE PROJECT - TINY HOUSE 3

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This is a modified version of a test pattern found on thingiverse (THANK YOU). I made it more for inches and added some other font type tests.

FILE SHARE - LIVING HINGE 2mm

UPDATED 8/8/2018

THIS IS MY DESIGN. I made this from 3mm AND 6mm craft plywood. I used 3mm for the sides and 2 inner shelf supports. I used 6mm for the shelves. See the SVG files for what I used on my Glowforge. Also included is a zip file with 3 DXF files. One like I made using both 3mm and 6mm material, one using only 3mm material, and one using only 6mm material. 

THIS IS MY VERSION OF THE EGG BOT. I HAVE IT SET UP FOR THE SHPERE O BOT ELECTRONICS AND 608Z BEARINGS IN THE TAIL STOCK. THERE'S AN STL AND STEP FILE THAT SHOWS THE ASSEMBLY. BUT OTHERWISE, USE THE EGG BOT ASSEMBLY GUIDE BY EVILMADSCIENTIST (ATTACHED - THE ORIGINAL CREATOR).

TEST PATTERNS INCHES

On the right, green is cut lines, the scroll is offset 0.006" from the score lines to help be the correct size when cut out.

MODIFIED 10/5/2018

ADDED 8/10/2018

L'EGGO MY EGGO BOT

FILE SHARE - CRUMB TRAY PINS

In this example, I cut one of my necklaces. First on the left you see my original design with a linewidth of 0.008". if the laser didn't remove more material than the width of the beam, this may be correct. But as you see next to it, the material left between the paths are thinner.

This is a single large pattern in a zip file incase the other file was too big for your computer.

This is a modified version of a test pattern given to me by John Champlain. Full resolution .bmp files in the zip. there is one version of the small one with a legend just for reference. the large one is by 5's (255, 250, 245, etc.)

THE ORIGINAL TEST PATTERN COLOR WHEEL WAS WRONG FROM THE ORIGINAL CREATOR. IN A SCALE OF 0 TO 255, EACH 5% SHOULD BE 12.75 RGB CHANGE. IT WAS NOT. THE NEW ZIP FILE IS CORRECT.

CORRECTED COLOR WHEEL

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These are cut line patterns for 2mm spacing living hinges at various widths. SVG and DXF included.

This is my version of eljefe4's pins from the glowforge forum. Great design. I just made a few modifications and redrew them from scratch. made them more bowed out for a better spring action. I cut it from 3mm plywood and they can go 90 degrees to the material instead of 45 degrees. So a big thank you to eljefe4 for the base design. you may have to scale it for your crumb tray.

OUTSET DESIGNING YOUR CUTOUT CORRECT FOR YOUR KERF AND CUTTING ON-PATH

MY ACRYLIC PAINT ORGANIZER

Works best on Basswood!

ADDED 7/5/2019

These are repeatable patterns of honeycomb with 4 different spacing between the hexagons. SVG and DXF included.

This setting changes between all readouts measuring the outer thickness of the line width of a path or the actual geometric center of the path. you want the center of the path.

SELECTION SETTING THAT AFFECTS DIMENSIONS

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DESIGNS BY PHIL, LLC

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FILE SHARE - HOBBIT DOOR

This is my technique for prepping a photo for laser engraving with the glow forge. This is for Inkscape.

This is a house I designed myself in AutoCAD. This is my file and my design. It may be similar to others out there, but this is mine. Please do not post this anywhere. you may link to my website, but not post my files.

FILE SHARE - HONEYCOMB

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USES  M3 T NUTS

KERF is the term for the width of the material actually removed by the laser. the laser may be a 0.008 point, but the width of the gap removed may be closer to 0.015 or so when performing a cut out at high power. Also, if you are used to CNC where you can choose to cut outside of a line based off of the bit diameter, forget it here. lasers are mostly always ON-PATH.