Help us get a frickin laser!

£255 of £1,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 20 months
Lasers are cool.

Lasers that cut things are even cooler.

After discussion at home, and a not insignificant amount of research, we’ve decided we want to acquire a laser cutter for us to create magnificent pieces with. Ranging from art, toys, cases, boxes, gadgets and more, we want to build and make so much it’s ridiculous.

For Roz, my permanent roommate, it’s an opportunity to experiment and develop a new way for her to showcase her work and love of cephalopods.

For myself it’ll allow me not only to create finer and more intricate custom made dungeons & dragons cases, but also dice towers, tokens, toys and such. An added bonus would be to create other gadgets and machines like CNC routers, 3D printers, and even robots (oh I have plans)

More importantly, it’d also allow an opportunity for us to sell our creations to the masses, and accept commissions. Either online, or via local markets and events. We do live in a tourist town after all, so customized gifts of Clacton in such a unique style would definitely be a winner.

So what do we need? The laser cutter.

After having spent a lot of time reading and talking to people, we’ve settled on an imported 50W laser cutter that’ll have a build area of 300mm x 500mm. About A3 size which’d allow some pretty great cuts. Imported laser cutters from China come with their risks, however I’ve learned so long as you are prepared to do modifications, which I am, it should work out alright. Things like unaligned mirrors, dodgy build beds, poor ventilation, loose wiring are common. Factoring in the costs of replacements and consumables, importing from China still remains significantly cheaper than buying from the US or UK.

What’s the fundraising goal? £1000 GBP, which is roughly $1270 USD at time of writing.

This isn’t something new, it’s not groundbreaking, and it’s not a product, so this isn’t a kickstarter. However, anyone who donates over £50 if they want, I will add to a waiting list to receive one of my tabletop RPG cases, created with the laser cutter and customized in some form. 

If you’d like to lend us a hand with this, and help us get started in creating magnificent art, intricate designs, mysterious cases, tourist knick knacks, or just love frigging lasers, please consider donating any amount.

However don’t feel terrible if you can’t donate. The next best thing is to share this fundraiser with as many people as possible, especially creators, artists, makers, hackers, and benevolent yet mysterious financial backers. It is appreciated just as much.
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An update from the Barracuda Workshop (maybe that's something I should go with).
I've been away for the past few days, but now that I'm back I'm continuing to look at future projects, things for me to make with the aid of the laser cutter.
There are some brilliant designs out there, which I'd like to show you, such as this beautiful shelving rack.
After cutting, it'd look great with an oak stain. Or perhaps some purple instead, which I know is some peoples favourite colour!
I'll do another update tomorrow, after I've put the felt in the D&D cases and taken some nice photos to show off! And remember, your donations are always greatly appreciated!
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This week I'll be finishing the 10 d&d cases I've been working on. They'll be £50 (not including postage) each and it all goes towards the laser cutter. This one is almost done.
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Hey guys! Quick update for my fundraising to get a laser cutter. Donate, or share, it's really appreciated.
Fundraiser update!
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Leaping Laser Lizards!
Thank you to the fantastic individual who donated a quarter of my fundraising goal! I consider myself extremely lucky to have such a generous and supportive friend!
Every donation over £50, I'm gonna make a D&D case, but for you Sir/Madam, you're gonna get something VERY special indeed.
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£255 of £1,000 goal

Raised by 2 people in 20 months
Created April 9, 2017
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