Tuesday, December 13, 2016
Laser Cut Book Cover Prototypes
I am in the process of designing a wifi-connected book that will have a Particle Photon and a battery embedded into the back cover.
Today I went to St. Albans City School where my friend +Melissa Haberman, a tech savvy art educator, was kind enough to let me cut a book cover prototype on the Full Spectrum laser printer in the school's maker space.
+Leah Joly, Design Technology Instructor at Williston Central School. I'm hoping that this sturdy material will be easy to cover, using traditional bookbinding methods. Because my first attempt at creating a cover, thick enough to embed the Photon and battery, involved cutting through four layers of binder's board with a pen-knife, I am thrilled that the laser cutter worked so well.
Although this remains a work in progress, here is a link to the Inkscape design for my book's back cover: Book Cover SVG File. I'll be backing the covers with binder's board. Of note, the Full Spectrum has a 12" X 20" bed. I used a piece of 1/4" MDF, at 100% power and 50% speed, which took three passes to get through the material.