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25 Feb 2018



Apparerently there's a blog spot on here!! 



More documentation....


The cardinal rule of RetinaEngrave is that it's stupid.  If, at any point, you are doing something and the thought occurs that 'the software should know', stop right there because it probably does not. Some things I discovered that might save others some headache, frustration, and wasted time/materials:

Until I can get wiki access, some documentation here in case it helps other people.

Adobe Illustrator is a fairly common vector art tool, but its not available at SynShop.  The computer hooked up to the laser cutter has both CorelDraw and Inkscape on it if you are familiar with either, though as an Illustrator user I found both to be lacking in features I needed and confusing.  Both of those programs seem to print reasonably well into RetinaEngrave via the Full Spectrum driver, but AI seems to have issues.

Helpful Tips and Useful Info:

The gate track is done at Shadetree Shelter, thanks to all who helped out, i'll bring the dunnage back monday night.

16 Sep 2017

Notes to myself on this:

  • Get a wiki login
  • Get on with applying for vetted membership
  • Write documentation for importing images for cutting on the Silhouette cameo
  • Quick machine checklist? Not that the cameo has a ton of space on it...
  • Prod whoever about the Cameo software update if it hasn't been done already
  • Write a How-to for designing files for the laser cutter in Adobe Photoshop
  • Write a How-to for doing a Engrave and Cut on the laser seeing as the nice checklist helpfully wipes out your settings in the middle...

I made the labeled wall plate pictured below at SYN Shop the other day with help from two other members. To make it, I took a 2-gang wallplate made out of unfinished wood, engraved labels on it using the laser cutter, and then stained it with Watco Danish oil. It only took a few hours! I plan to redo this project using a birch wallplate instead, and hopefully I will get a lighter color. Also, I will try putting a polyurethane coating on it to make the surface smooth to the touch, because this one is rough.

Can't believe I have made it through 4 weeks here at the shop. It has been a month of learning and sharing. I can say that I am so completely happy that I found a place I can go that feels like a family. Everyone at the Synshop rocks and I can't wait to share more of my knowledge in the future. 

11 Mar 2016

Here's a copy and paste of the notes from the recent class on the FSlaser 3d printer.




( / FSL3D)

Laser based 3d printer

Software (RetinaCreate 3D)

  • Pegasus takes .STL only on usb

01 Feb 2016
3D printed bracket for serving lines in a Keg Chiller. #Brewing #3DPrinting

12 Jan 2016

Eventually I'll create a through hole component pcb for a low volume of kits for The EnMorser project. I brought a makeshift maze of wires on a breadboard with a PS/2 keyboard last week. The project will be documented on