Maker Stories | Incredible Miniature Architectural Model Creation

Do you know laser engraving machines are excellent tools for architecture and interior design studios in terms of producing miniature models? 

 

Design models are crucial in the creative and business pitching process, especially when the design is structural. However, the making of models often requires designers a lot of effort and time to just manually cut and assemble materials. If there’s any subtle error in the design file or an error occurs during the manual process, it could mean a complete start over, wasting away precious time.

 

By using a laser engraving machine to cut the model materials, not only is it faster, it reduces potential human errors and increases overall accuracy. The laser cutter makes modelmaking more efficient for designers, so there’s more time for new ideas.

 

 

 

Our FLUXers are across many industries, including architecture and interior design studios. One of our loyal users, Eagle Model Studio, dedicates to producing high-quality miniature architectural models, incorporates the use of FLUX Bemabox (40W) into the model-making process of all their delicate designs. 

 

Back in their schoolyears as design students, the founders of Eagle Model Studio used to struggle with manually making their architectural models. This experience inspired them to create a company that helps designers to produce architectural models with high aesthetic standards and premium quality. 

 

 

 

With years of experience, Eagle Model Studio is excellent at what they do. They provide various modeling services, including the production of complex architectural models, interior design models, environmental models, large-scale models, instrument models, and equipment models of all kinds. Acrylic, cardboard, and plywood are some typical materials in which they use FLUX Beambox (40W) to cut and engrave for the models’ delicate details.

 

 

For more information about Eagle Model Studio, see below:

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Maker Stories | 3 Designer Stories on Leather Crafting

Give your accessories a touch of individuality by creating personalized leather bags, coin purses, or other lifestyle accessories on your own. Now with FLUX’s laser cutter, you can easily create DIY projects on a wide range of materials, including wood, leather, acrylic, glass, slate, and stainless steel. Here we’d like to introduce to you three designer stories that use FLUX laser cutters to create stunning leather accessories.

TaiYangLeather Studio 

Customized Handmade Leather Accessories that Last

Taiyangleather Studio is a small creative shop located in Taichung, Taiwan. Tired of wallets that do not last, Taiyangleather Studio’s founder was inspired to create handmade leather wallets that are durable and practical. 

 

Its logo is a deer, symbolizing happiness and longevity, which expresses the maker’s wish to provide customers with durable leather goods that bring them joy. The emphasized antlers on the deer further express the maker’s desire for the brand to be inspiring and intelligent. 

Well tested for practicality and durability, Taiyangleather Studio offers a wide range of leather products, such as coin purses, small wallets, long wallets, and business card clips. They also accept personalized product customizations on request.

 

FLUX’s 50W Beambox Pro plays a big part in the cutting and engraving process of Taiyangleather Studio’s handmade products. Beambox Pro was able to assist them in speeding up the production process with more versatile designs. 

Mr.sheep 

Award-Winning Lifestyle Boutique 

Mr. sheep offers a variety of lifestyle products and accessories that are cut and sculpted by FLUX’s 50W Beambox Pro. Recently they introduced leather products, such as the luggage tags in the picture below.

 

Apart from these unique accessories, Mr. sheep is also a professional design house that offers consulting services in both interior and product design. Its founder, Yi-De Yang, received various awards, including the Red Dot Design Award, Silver A’ Design Award, and the Interior lifestyle Tokyo Award. 

LEPAU

Spreading the Joy Creation with Leather Crafting Class 

LEPAU is another small handmade leather product boutique in Taiwan. Virna, the founder, was a 9-to-5 office worker. She discovered her true passion after recovering from a medical condition. During her recovery, she read a book called “Starting A Business with Love,” which talks about the founder of Motherhouse fights against all hardships to create a social enterprise that gives back to the unprivileged. Inspired by the story, Virna resigned from her previous occupation and threw herself into the world of creation.

 

She named the studio “LEPAU,” which represents the founder’s passion for leather creation. 

To spread the joy of leather creation, she also held leather crafting classes to inspire others and encourage them to discover their true passion. 

 

The above picture is a leather-bound notebook made in one of LEPAU’s classes. FLUX’s laser cutter beamo helps to cut the paper with the designed totem, thus simplified the handmaking process. FLUX’s laser cutter gives makers the advantage to produce prototypes easily, saving more time for more creative ideas. 

I hope these three stories would provide some good inspirations for your creative leather making! If you have some thoughts which would like to share with us, please let us know. We’d love to hear about your creating stores!

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Learn more about Beambox, the most intuitive professional laser cutter/ engraver. 

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How To Acquire Laser Engraving Inspirations?

Where can I find laser engraving inspirations to start using a laser cutter?  

Here we listed several discussion groups and design resources that are worth a visit! 

1. Facebook Group

Beambox & beamo Desktop Laser Engraving/Cutting

  • A group for FLUXers to post their works made with FLUX laser cutters

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1362780157199292/

Laser Engraving And Cutting 

  • Lots of awesome works made by members

https://www.facebook.com/groups/LaserEngravingAndCuttingGlobal/

New To Laser Engraving

https://www.facebook.com/groups/1843200505896555/

 

photo credit to Miko Mor                              photo credit to Heinz Maeder

2. Pinterest

FLUX

FLUX produces laser engraving machines to realize your imagination in education, design, engineering, and daily life. We share FLUXers’ works made of different materials. Discover your next brilliant inspiration here! 

https://www.pinterest.com/flux3dp/

Tons of laser engraving/cutting ideas shared.

https://www.pinterest.com/xuanenke/laser-cutting-ideas/

Acorn Laser Cutting, Engraving and Design

Acorn Laser cutting is a small team of passionate creative trying to change the way you think about products.

https://www.pinterest.com/acornlc/

Varied ways to DIY and decorate your house.

https://www.pinterest.com/runfast6788/

Maker Design Lab

DIY and laser cutting ideas

https://www.pinterest.com/MakerDesignLab/

-> Search Keyword “laser-cut ideas,” to discover more stunning artworks. 

https://www.pinterest.com/boho_obsessed/lasercut-ideas/

https://www.pinterest.com/ileneprice/plexiglass-lasercut-ideas/

https://www.pinterest.com/lemondaurora/lasercut-ideas/

https://www.pinterest.com/wush_nn/lasercut-ideas/

https://www.pinterest.com/ndekker/lasercut-ideas/

https://www.pinterest.com/acebesr/lasercut-ideas/

https://www.pinterest.com/hoontae/lasercutting-ideas/

https://www.pinterest.com/EliseDesignsUK/lasercut-ideas/

https://www.pinterest.com/laha__design/ideas_lasercuts/

High-quality laser-cut ideas for home decor

https://www.pinterest.com/janiexy/lasercut-ideas/

Wall laser-cut ideas

https://www.pinterest.com/cristina_youngl/wall-lasercut-ideas/

Woodcrafts Ideas

Woodcraft

Everything about Woodcraft DIY ideas, woodworking projects and more.

https://www.pinterest.com/woodcraftshed/

Varied wood designs (DIY, garden design, wooden toys, woodcrafts)

https://www.pinterest.com/woodbyulrich/

WOOD Creations Crafts

Specialized in take-and-make crafts, shelves, picture frames, vinyl, and craft supplies

https://www.pinterest.com/woodcreationsut/

Thoughts in Vinyl = Wood Letters and Crafts and Vinyl Lettering

We have everything from vinyl letters to Super Saturday crafts and kits, wooden lettering, and much more! 

https://www.pinterest.com/thoughtsinvinyl/

Wood project DIY

https://www.pinterest.com/timothyershen/

Wood design projects

https://www.pinterest.com/lisabethrox/wood-design-projects/

https://www.pinterest.com/krisrobertson28/wood-project-designs/

Wood decoration projects

https://www.pinterest.com/chikiteens/mdf-and-acrylic-designs/

-> Search for “laser-cut wood” to create more laser-cut works.

https://www.pinterest.com/missbolddesign/laser-cut-wood/

https://www.pinterest.com/rzomchek/art-laser-cut-wood-design/

https://www.pinterest.com/latwoodyworld/laser-cut-wood/

https://www.pinterest.com/flohradesign/laser-cut-wood/

https://www.pinterest.com/boggle201/laser-cut-wood/

https://www.pinterest.com/beth_horton/laser-cut-wood/

Acrylic Ideas

Acrylic design ideas

https://www.pinterest.com/naziasuriya/clear-acrylic-designs/

Acrylic laser cut ideas

https://www.pinterest.com/abhilashkollam/acrylics-lasercut-ideas/

https://www.pinterest.com/lizishere/acrylic-lasercut-ideas/

Etsy

Craft ideas for kids, DIY projects for your home, homemade gift ideas. You’ll find all these DIY projects and crafts right here.

https://www.pinterest.com/etsy/diy-projects/

Find unique ways to organize things in your home and create yourself. 

https://www.pinterest.com/etsy/organization/

Ponoko

See how people create with a laser cutter and get more ideas. 

https://www.pinterest.com/ponoko/boards/

3axis.co

Free DXF Files, Coreldraw Vectors, Designs, Silhouettes, 3D Puzzles, Vector Art for CNC router, laser cutting, plasma cutter, woodcutting, and engraving.

https://www.pinterest.com/3axisco/

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Learn more on Beambox, the most intuitive professional laser cutter/ engraver. 

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A Simple Way to Create Object Outline with Beam Studio’s “Offset” Feature

Beam Studio’s new “Offset” feature can help makers quickly add layering effects to their designs.

To create customized handcrafts in any shape is now as easy as ever. I’ll demonstrate this in a few steps below. 

First, make sure you have the latest v1.1.8 version of Beam Studio. If not, Download Here

Then, prepare your image file. The image format needs to be turned into SVG or DXF files. You may choose a free SVG file from this site https://www.flaticon.com/ or draw your own object with Adobe Illustrator. 

Now you’re all set for the step-by-step tutorial! 

 

Step 1: Open Beam Studio and click the image icon to import the image. 

 

You may rename Layer 1 as “Engraving” for easy editing.

Once the image is imported, you’ll be asked to select a layering style. Here I will select “Layer/Color,” to give my object a more 3D look.

After selecting the layering style, you’d see the object in black. 

Please note that if you choose “Layer/Color” as I do, your object will be in black like mine, but if you choose “Single Layer,” your object will be in white as its shown below on the right.

 

Step 2: Drag to select the image on the engraving layer and click “Ungroup”

 

Step 3: Create another layer, rename it as “Cutting” and move the layer down. 

 

Step 4: On the cutting layer, drag your mouse to select the whole object (do no just click on the image).

 

Step 5: Now activate the “Offset” function by clicking “Edit” > “Path” > “Offset.” 

 

Step 6: Adjust the desirable “Offset Direction”, “Corner”, and “Offset Distance”, then click “Confirm” to create the object outline. 

 

Step 7: The “Offset” function now forms the outline that you can set for cutting.

 

Step 8: Make sure the image is on the correct layer.

You may click the eye off to make sure the image is on the correct layer. 

When clicking the eye off in the engraving layer, the image remains onscreen is in the cutting layer. 

When clicking the eye off on the cutting layer, the image remains onscreen is in the engraving layer. 

 

Step 9: Select the optimal parameters for each layer 

Engraving layer: Wood – Monochromic Engraving (Power 30%, Speed 180mm/s). 

Cutting layer: Wood – 3mm Cutting (Power 55%, Speed 5mm/s) 

 

Step 10: Put your selected wood board in the machine and click “Export” at the upper right corner to start cutting & engraving. Your work should be ready in 3 minutes!

 

Now we are ready for the finished product! 

When activating the “Offset” feature, if you choose “Layer/Color” as I do, your result should have the same effect as my airplane on the right below. But, if you choose “Single Layer” instead, your result will look like the airplane on the left.

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Learn more on Beambox, the most intuitive professional laser cutter/ engraver. 

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Dream It, Design It STEM Event for Grade Schools | Fluxspace

Dream It, Design It! is a brand-new STEM event designed to help students to address real-world needs and utilize the design thinking process on a variety of topics. Its 1st event was held on Jan. 28th, 2020, at Fluxspace (56 Buttonwood Street, Norristown, PA USA). Check out how beamo and Beambox Pro played an essential role in this event.

 

In partnership with Montgomery County Intermediate Unit, Fluxspace hosted a “Dream It, Design It” challenge. More than 40 students in 4th and 5th grade were presented with a design challenge in which they had to work as a team to design an innovative and collaborative outdoor learning environment.

 

 

Students designed and then created prototypes of how they think this space could look like. Students used the FLUX laser cutters to quickly create small-scale rough prototypes of what furniture and structures could be used in the outdoor space. Students then presented their ideas to a panel, and a winner was selected based on creativity, functionality, and sustainability.

 

 

Students were able to get hands-on experience on how to operates a laser cutter and enjoy a creative handcrafted experience with beamo.

 

 

Designed for learning, Fluxspace is a place that provides opportunities for students, educators, and industry professionals to work together and create a more collaborative and forward-thinking community and workforce. 

 

 

Fluxspace regularly holds different STEM events and professional developments for educators on subjects such as VR, 3D printing, Laser Cutting, Coding, etc. Check out their next event HERE

Get the latest info on STEM lessons at STEM Camp EDU.

Find out more on Beambox and beamo.

Add Authenticity to your works with Beam Studio’s Built-In “Image Trace” Function

FLUX’s built-in software Beam Studio comes with a brilliant “Image Trace” function that can keep your original pen strokes and add a more personal touch to your artworks. For a quick demonstration, I’ll show you how I make a personalized keychain by using the “Image Trace” function.

Things you’d need to DIY a signature keychain:
  • 1 piece of paper
  • 1 marker
  • Desired material for your keychain charm
  • 1 keyring 
  • beamo
Step 1: Sign your signature on a clean and unpatterned paper with a black marker

Step 2: Scan the paper with beamo
  1. Place the paper in beamo and click the camera icon for the “Camera Preview”

     

      2. Click the “Image Trace” button in the upper left corner

     

      3. Select a starting preset to trace the image

     

      4. Adjust the optimal parameter for engraving

Step 3: Put the selected material in beamo and set up a suitable parameter for engraving, in my case, a 3mm wood board

One of the optimal parameters for engraving wood boards is power 30% and speed 100mm/s.

Step 4: Design the keychain outline

Create another layer and use the preset parameter in Beam Studio “wood- 3mm cutting”, which is power 60% and speed 6 mm/s.

Step 5: Assemble the engraved signature charm with a keyring and your special signature keychain is ready to go.

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A Deep Dive Into FLUX beamo and Beam Studio | 3D Engraving Tips

Want to create an exquisite fine-tuned artwork with a laser cutter?

But don’t know how to start?

No worries!

There are several easy tips to learn and implement on your creations provided by one of our amazing users – Declan Cheng.

 

 

He magically turned a piece of normal wood pallet into a masterpiece of Malaysia Petronas Twin Tower.

In the video, he describes how to operate Beam Studio in detail and use FLUX beamo to maximum advantage.

It’s great for every user of FLUX laser cutter, even the beginners, to learn the tips and create your own artworks.

Discover the unknown mysterious tips hidden in Beam Studio and create a more fine-tuned masterpiece on your own!

After watching the video, it will greatly help refine your artwork into 3D engraving creation.

 

Go check out Declan Cheng’s YouTube channel to find out more laser engraving and cutting tips in the video.

 

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Happy Lunar New Year | DIY Paper Cutting of Window Decoration

Have you ever thought that New Year’s elements can be combined with laser engraving?

2020 is coming. Are you ready to get rid of the old stuff?

To celebrate 2020 Lunar New Year, FLUX has created four exquisite, high-quality window paper cuttings for FLUXers to refresh the house decoration.

This year, let’s make it happen!

 

Material: Red Linen Paper

Thickness: 0.15mm

There are four types of paper cutting decorations, each of which has its unique meaning for Lunar New Year.
1. spring

Celebrate the spring is coming!

Laser-cutting time: 10~15 minute

2. happiness

Best wishes for 2020!

Laser-cutting time: 20~25 minute

3. blessing

A good blessing for the family in 2020!

Laser-cutting time: 10~15 minute

4. fortune

Look forward to a big fortune in 2020!

Laser-cutting time: 10~15 minute

Useful Tips For “Vectorize” Laser Carving

You can select the “Vectorize” function in Beam Studio to modify the carving paths, and it will greatly reduce the engraving time.

Follow these three simple tips and start carving:
  1. Place the file to the working area and click the image
  2. Click “Edit”-> “Image”-> “Vectorize” in the upper left corner of the software
  3. Turn off the button of “Infill” 

 

It is easy to make a paper cutting of window decoration with FLUX laser cutter and Beam Studio. 

Take advantage of the New Year holidays to refresh your house!

 

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How To Make Your Own Gift Box In 5 Simple Steps

It’s time to customize a gift box using your FLUX laser cutter. Don’t know how to design a 3D box?

Don’t worry – with Beam Studio and free online resources, you can make your own gift box in 5 easy steps.

The idea is simple: you’ll design the box by selecting preset options, import the file to Beam Studio, and your FLUX laser cutter will help you create a box that’s uniquely yours.

STEP 1:Go to Makercase.

Link:https://www.makercase.com/

You can use the “select language” list to set your language preferences.

STEP 2:Select the design you like. 

In this tutorial, we picked the basic box option.

  1.   Units setting:Choose inch or millimeter (mm)
  2. Set the length, width, and height.
  3.   Measure the thickness of the material you will be using and fill in the value.
  4.   Select with or without the lid.
  5.   Select the type of edge joints.
  6.   Set the finger size.

STEP 3:Download and import the file.

  1.   Click “Download Box Plans”, adjust the settings and download the file. (Both SVG and DXF file works in Beam Studio)
  2. Open Beam studio and import the file.

STEP 4:Start printing!

  1.   Place the material in your FLUX laser cutter (beamoBeambox or Beambox Pro)
  2.   Use the focus bar to set the focus. If you’re not sure how, please visit our Support Center 
  3.   Use Camera Preview to make sure the design is aligned. 
  4. Set the parameters and click “GO”, your personalized box is just minutes away!

STEP 5: Put it together

Turn the collection of box pieces into an actual gift box by putting the pieces together.

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Laser Engraving Wood Crafts | 3 Ways To Prevent Burn Marks

     When using a CO2 laser engraver/cutter to work on wood, smoke or burn marks may appear on the edges. Though the stains are difficult to avoid, they are not completely unavoidable. Here are 3 ways to prevent the edges of the wood from getting stained. 

     1.Cover the wood surface with masking tape

     Before you start engraving on wood, cover the working area with masking tape. The masking tape will prevent the edges of the engraving from getting stained and will not leave any residue behind. This is a common method not only because the tape is cheap and at hand, but also because masking tape can be easily removed, leaving no trace on your creations. Give it a try next time when working on wood materials. 

 

While the upper wood engraving is covered by masking tape, the lower one is not, causing obvious burn marks on the one without masking tape. 

     2. Adjust the focus of the laser to an optimal distance

    An optimal distance of laser focus will keep the burn marks at bay while still allowing for fine results. There is no worry about how to adjust an optimal distance of laser focus for varied types of wood materials. Try out different focus settings to see what works best. With the built-in autofocus system in FLUX beamo, you can easily find the right focus without the hassle. After the adjusted focus, you will find your works clearer and better.

     3. Testing various types of wood in advance

     Different kinds of wood have different optimal working speed and power. Certain types of wood get burned easily, this usually has more to do with the glue binders embedded in the material rather than the original property of the wood. The glue binders cause more smoke and burn stains when being laser processed. It is advised to test the speed and power in advance to reduce burn marks on wood crafts. The Material Testing Suite in Beam Studio that comes with different working speed and power combinations enables users to test out the parameters on the material, so you can determine the combination that best suits your needs.

When working on wood next time, give these tips a try and make your creations better!

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