FLA Week 4: Classroom Tool Design - SCOPES Digital Fabrication

Lesson Details

Age Ranges
Fab-Safety.1, Fab-Fabrication.1

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Priaadhashini s
K-12 teacher
I am a science and mathematics  middle school teacher. I teach IGCSE and A Levels Biology. I enjoy having hands on lessons as well as lessons which provide a safe space for student growth and development . I believe in… Read More


Use inkscape and the laser cutter to design a personalized artefact.

What You'll Need

1) Acrylic 3mm

2) Laser cutter

3) Online software – maker case

4) Lightburn

5) Inkscape

The Instructions


The laser burns away a portion of material when it cuts through. This is known as the laser kerf.

During laser cutting, to a certain extent material is removed. Kerf refers to this material which is removed.


Knowledge and accommodation of the laser kerf is significant. When fitting the pieces of the laser cut pieces , we would want the joints to be fit tightly without the usage of glue.


We will be drawing a square of size 20mm by 20mm and laser cut it. Laser cut them and measure the internal and external diameter using a vernier calliper.


The kerf is (20.3 – 19.7) /2 = 0.3


Using maker case

Maker case is an online box generator. We will in creating a fitted cube box.

Using the maker case software.

Laser cutting

Importing image saved in svg to inkscape.


Add additional designs in inkscape.

Export file in svg to light burn

Ensure correct setting and layers are applied to ensure that the images are either cut, engraved or rastered on the material.

Laser cut

Laser cut and assemble


  • (Fab-Safety.1): I can safely conduct myself in a Fab Lab and observe operations under instructor guidance.
  • (Fab-Fabrication.1): I can follow instructor guided steps that link a software to a machine to produce a simple physical artifact.

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