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Laser Challenge #1: Puppy Platter- 04.15.13

buckybowl0.gif Our NOTlabs Laser Challenge #1 is here from Shawn! As for what the Laser Challenge is - the ground rules are: Shawn and I are alternating days with executing and sharing a Laser Cutter involved experiment! And most importantly - we’re supposed to have fun, explore ideas, and it’s less about a fully formed product/concept at the end of the day, but more about seeing where the experiment takes us!

So first up, here’s Shawn’s Puppy Platter… which, honestly, didn’t have this function in mind until his experiment with heating and pressing some of our plastic scraps ended up with a fun sheet filled with various mini bowl like spaces… He initially thought about planting succulents in them, but we quickly realized this would be better served if we made a much larger version. And with Bucky’s feeding time nearing, we decided to try it out as a modern Puppy Platter/Bento Box of sorts! (Don’t worry, we won’t be feeding Bucky from this regularly - the photos are a quick photoshoot test!) It is fascinating to see which of his treats and food choices he picked and in which order… also great, it slows him down as he carefully inspected and sniffed each section before devouring it! (Versus scarfing it down without much thought!)

As for where the laser cutting is involved… take a peek at the process pics on the next page… laser cutting was used to create the frame around the plastic sheet as it was being pressed. Check out Bucky trying out this modern Puppy Platter on the next page!

p.s. If you have ideas, or want some laser cutting done, or want to play with us… feel free to use the contact form or leave a comment!

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nice idea, thanks for sharing

----- alexis 18.04.13 06:21

Elias - We just took a heat gun to 1/8” cast acrylic

----- Jean/NOTCOT 16.04.13 20:32

Hey guys this look super cool, how do you heat the plastic and what kind of plastic it is?

Cheers,

E.

----- Elias Mendoza 16.04.13 14:33

Youri - it’s just a screwdriver in a drill press

Derek - yup, take a heat gun to it, then press it slowly! The little holes were for drainage when the idea was to have it be for succulent planting.

----- Jean/NOTCOT 16.04.13 09:50

Is the ‘drill’ a DIY (is it glass?) or did you buy it in a shop?

Would looking forward to experiment with this set-up!

----- youri 16.04.13 05:07

What’s the process for pressing the acrylic wells? Was there a heat gun involved?

And why cut the little holes in them?

----- Derek 16.04.13 02:25

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