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Manufacturing Process

Your toy is laser cut

At the School of Engineering build space, you have access to a range of manufacturing tools and support such as 3D printers and laser cutters.

Your toy is produced right here at the School's build space using our state of the art laser cutter.

Laser Cutter Schematic


How do laser cutters work?

A laser is a column of very high intensity light of a single wavelength, the most common type is CO2 lasers. Lasers can be intensified through the use of magnifying lenses, this is done within the laser head block so that the laser shining on the material is thin enough so that it does not alter the size of the piece too dramatically. The magnification process also results in a high power density, which causes rapid heating, melting and subsequent vaporisation of the material.

Difficulties encountered

During manufacturing, we encountered numerous fit and tolerance issues, as such we needed to revisit our design multiple times to adjust the sizes of various holes.

On top of that, there were also discrepancies in the quality of our wood boards, leading to much headaches.

Cut boards

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