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An Introduction to Mechanisms

1 Making your automata - 2D Design


Learn It

To make your own automata using 2D Design there are a number of skills that you need to be able to do.

Learn It - Drawing boundary boxes

  • On the side bar, click and hold one line tool and select the third option ‘given angle and length’.
  • Type in the numbers you need. For example – 106mm by 0 degrees and 25mm by 90 degrees.
  • Below is a video to help.

Learn It - Find suitable images online

  • Go to the website , type in what you want an image of.
  • Click on images – tools – black and white – clipart or line drawing
  • Find a good image – remember the laser cutter only works in one colour so keep the images simple.
  • Right click - Copy and paste into 2D design.
  • Please note - not all images will work. Just keep trying until you get one that works.
  • You can also click on this link to go back to similar instructions from the Storage Box project.
  • Below is a video to help.

Learn It - Scale

  • By clicking shift and then dragging a corner of the image you will maintain the images overall proportions i.e. it won’t be squashed or stretched.
  • Below is a video to help

Learn It - Vectorise the image

  • At the top, go to Bitmaps > Vectorise Bitmap. Monochrome. OK. OK.
  • Below is a video to help

Learn It - Contour

  • On the side toolbar, click on the Contour tool > spacing 1.00mm. Select red colour. Click on the outside of the image.
  • Then move the contour layer away from the original image by dragging with the mouse.
  • Below is a video to help

Learn It - Holes for cutting

  • On the side toolbar click on the circle tool – select the second option with an ‘R’. Change to 1.5mm.
  • Click where you want the hole to be.
  • Below is a video to help

Learn It - Measuring using the dimension tool

  • On the side toolbar, click on the dim lines tool. You need to draw a horizontal or vertical line, or both, on the object you want measuring. If you select the object and the dim lines, hold shift, you can resize objects with some accuracy.
  • Please note: You will need to delete these lines when you have finished drawing otherwise they will be included in the cut.
  • Below is a video to help

Learn It - Adding Text

  • From the side toolbar select the text tool. Click where you want to add text.
  • Type your message then go to Settings to change the font size and type.
  • Below is a video to help

Learn It - Email to the lasercutter

  • Firstly make sure your file is saved with a suitable name. Then go to Outlook – should be a link on the bottom toolbar in Windows – big O. Click on new. Type the address lasercutter and then check names. Attach the file and send it.
  • Below is a video to help

Learn It - A worked example

  • Here is a worked example from start to finish. Please note: the sound and images are sometimes not in sync.

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Please watch this video. It will explain how to use the laser cutter.

Badge It - Silver, Gold and Platinum

  • For silver add screenshots of your new parts.
  • For gold add a cutting sheet
  • For platinum, upload a photo of your finished automata.