i did a simple cut of my name. the design was a simple png file, which was vectorized and sent to the vinylcutter by neil's code.
i decided to make a tree.
step1: i used autodesk fusion 360 to sketch 4 main types of pieces, then ported it over to corel draw for the laser cutter. the inlets are parametrically designed. for this project, the inlets are 3 mm wide and 6 mm deep. the corners at the inlets are also rounded for smoother connections.
step2: cut the pieces! everything fit inside a 1 ft x 2 ft sheet of cardboard.
step3: put something together!