###Week2: Computer-Aided Cutting
As I'm not a beginner of using laser-cut, I decided to go somewhere that is more unconventional to cardboard fabrication. I came up with the idea that deems cardboard as a thread.
To be more specifically, I choose knitting as the deployable platform which the aim is to make the laser cut piece more modular, easy scalable.
The unit can be assembled from 1D thread to 2D flat fabric, or even 2.5D, 3D geometry by increasing/decreasing the knit stitches. So far, that's my hypothesis, no successful prototype yet.
Below are some idea sketches.
CAD designed in rhino and grasshopper
import file to laser cutting software: LightBurn
cutting ..... it takes almost 10 mins to cut one (linear) unit
To be honest, the result is a bit out of my expectation. I originally predict it to be semi-stiff, which keeps the carboard rigidity while at the sane time, the kirigami structure can act as a compliant linkage.
However, the result is just too soft, which makes it hard to assemble.
characterize your laser cutter's focus, power, speed, rate,
erf, joint clearance and types
Kerf [[Kerf documentation]](../week_2/laserkerf_r.html)