I LOVE the video game Astroneer. Ever since i found this little obscure game on Game Preview via XBOX in prealpha state I've been a fan. I'm not even sure how I found it, but I'm glad I did. With each update I dive back in always in wonder by what new things there is to do. A game where I'm not shooting someone?! How can it be?!
I'm also fortunate to have a good friend who likes it as much as I do. The unfortunate thing is that he live 3500 miles from me in Alaska. We met at college while playing lacrosse. This game is what keeps us close 8 years later. XBOX chat is our version of talking on the phone.
I designed the box from scratch. Then used my 60w laser to cut it out. I then bought some foam from hobby lobby and tried cutting it out on the laser cutter. I went to slow and caught it on fire! I tried some floor tile mats from harbor freight. These worked great. Only problem I ran into with them is that they aren't as thick. I ended up doing 3 layers on the bottom and one layer on the top with the cut outs of the figurine.
The words around the lid are the planets and type, the gases, and the elements in the game. They are only 2mm in height so they are very tiny. I decided to do some of the larger element symbols around the outside of the box. FosterScotch is my friends gamertag.
I liked the wanderers update picture because of the artwork and the good contrast in it. That makes for a pretty decent lasering using jarvis etching on the laser. I used the model that Spencer created. It's great Spencer! Now, can you model the other suits?! (Here's a link to his file) I printed it out .1 on the Prusa SLA resin 3D printer, the SL1. It came out great! This was my first time painting anything printed. I got some Testors model paint and their cheap paint brushes. I learned the hard way that vigorously mixing the paint is a must. If you look at the red and the blue you can see they kind of bleed. It was pretty watery consistency. Then I realized I needed to shake the fire out of the bottles before painting. The other colors turned out much better. I still hate painting.
The magnets are the coolest part of this figure. It's just like how it all snaps together in the game. They are REALLY tiny, but oh so satisfying.
At the bottom of this post I attached a video of the box closed and opening the box, taking out the Astro man and assembling them together.
I think it turned out really cool! Hopefully it makes it to Alaska in one piece! Let me know what you think in the comments!
I found an ebay seller that is selling the same camera that Lightburn is selling for less than 1/2 the price. Definitly worth a look if your interested in using your laser engraver and laser cutter with a camera (which I highly recommend). Lightburn makes in very easy to install and calibrate. The camera is simple to install. Purchase the camera, purchase the camera mount from my etsy shop, install on your laser with 2 screws or hot glue, and then plug the camera into your computers usb slot. Lightburn will walk you through the calibration. The whole process should take around 30 minutes. Now you can laser exact spots and never have to set up or waste material again!
Below is a video I've made showing how to install and calibrate the Lightburn Camera on a Laser cutter and laser engraver.
Did I Waste $2400 on a 60W Laser Cutter from China?
I did it. I took the leap and bought a 60w Orion Motor Tech Black and Yellow laser engraver/cutter on amazon!
Overall, I'm very impressed with this laser. The sweet spot for laser cutting and laser engraving is 60-80 watts. Higher watts and the engraving will not be as good because the laser is just too powerful. We're able to cut up to 1/2 material depending on the density. 1/4 material is easy to cut in one pass. We primarily use 1/4 birch plywood for our uses. Since this laser is a C02 laser, it will not cut ANY metal. You'd need a fiber laser for that, however it will mark on metal using thermal marking spray. It will cut cork, soft and hard wood, acrylic, cardboard, and paper. It will mark on glass, slate, stone, granite, and marble. Be careful you do not cut certain types of plastics as the release toxic gases and will kill you if inhaled.
Included with the laser:
Bottom Hatch - “The Guts”:
Power Plate (Back Bottom Left Corner):
Air/Water Hookups (Back Bottom Right Corner):
Front and Back Bottom Hatches:
Top Back Hatch:
Pass Through Ports:
What’s in the mysterious zipper package?
Some things that didn’t come with the laser:
Summary: This thing is awesome! So far, I’ve used it in making signs, home décor, 3D wooden models and so much more. I can cut through up to about 1/2” of wood depending on density and have started experimenting with etching on metal as well (you will need a spray to do so like THIS called Ceramark or Thermark ). Overall, this laser is a great buy, a great tool and all around fun to play with.
Purchase The Orion Motor Tech 60w Laser Cutter Engraver From Amazon:
Many of you know that I've had the J Tech 4.2w Laser add on for my Shapeoko XXL CNC machine for a while now. While it works great its just to under powered and slow to be a real workhorse. That's no fault to J Tech. It's fairly powerful for a diode laser, but diodes are not meant to be production mode devices.
After a lot of deliberation and internet research, I decided to purchase a Chinese Laser. I decided on the Orion Motor Tech 60 watt chinese laser yellow and black (upgraded version from the black and red version) color. An american made laser was just not in the budget so I took the gamble on a Chinese laser.
I know and have zero experience with a CO2 laser so I thought I'd do some blog posts to help others in my similar situation.
In this video I walk you through configuring a GRBL based hobby CNC (specificly a Shapeoko 3 XXL) for use with a J Tech Laser and Lightburn software.
The CNC and Jtech aren't your typical laser configuration like a standalone unit would be, so there's some extra steps to configuring Lightburn with the Jtech and the Shapeoko. These steps should work with most other hobby grade CNC units like the inventables X-Carve.
I'm using a Jtech 4.2w Laser.