Here’s another gem for the hardware lovers to hack during a devthon. SilverJimny, from instructables, has gone on to create a tiny microcontroller-driven laser cutter using an Arduino UNO, a laser diode, drive and a few wires.
In this project called a Microslice, SilverJimny used a larger 50W CO2 laser cutter to carve out pieces for the smaller one but this can also be fabricate using a lathe machine.
The inspiration comes from Gantry cranes which is used in ports for hoisting and lifting heavy containers in parallel movement. The cutting head along with the X-axis is a unit that moves on the Y-axis to cut anything that is on the cutting table.
The Instructable consists of more details with the source code. The video of how it works is below.
Originally Published on October 28, 2013