Laser Cutting Gears

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Experiments in laser cutting gears using foam board. Foam board seems to work well for quick experiments. Here we were concerned with the gear placement within the digital file, this was to do with whether the gear mechanism should be exploded or can be left touching before exporting the file to be cut. Both worked very well, we ended up with 3 sets of perfectly consistent gears with no difference between touching and non-touching.

After this initial experiment what is now needed is to design and test some simple mechanisms that will stretch and contract a sheet material.

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