FLA Week 4: Classroom Tool Design - SCOPES Digital Fabrication

Lesson Details

Age Ranges
Fab-Modeling.1, Fab-Fabrication.1, Fab-Design.1

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Rachel Gibson
K-12 teacher


This tutorial will show you how to make a laser cut organizer box from wood. This classroom tool was made in order to be able to organize small objects, such as nuts, bolts, and screws.

The online tool, MakerCase was used to design and specify the box’s dimensions.


This is for the Fab Learning Academy Week 4 assignment.

What You'll Need

The following materials and software were used for this project:

  • MakerCase
  • 1/8″-Thick Birch Wood
  • Laser Cutter


The Instructions

Choose the Type of Box

The type of box will need to be selected on the MakerCase website. This will allow you to create a box that has dividers. This will let you create a box for organizing different small objects.

  • Go to the MakerCase website, which will assist you in designing your organizer.
  • Click “Divider Box” to select the type of box that will be designed.


Customize Your Organizer Box

Use MakerCase to customize the dimensions of each part of the box. The spaces created by the dividers should be spacious enough to hold small items such as nuts and bolts.

The box needs to have at least four or five dividers so various objects can be sorted into the box.

The following dimensions were selected to allow for a small, but spacious box for organizing small items such as nuts, bolts, and screws.


Width: 4 inches

Height: 3 inches

Depth: 14 inches



Generate an SVG of Your Design

After the box's dimensions are adjusted, an SVG file of the box should be generated for laser cutting.

  • After you are satisfied with the box’s design, you can click “Download Box Plans” to generate your design.
  • You should choose “SVG” as the format of the file for downloading.


Laser Cut the Organizer Box

After the file is generated, it can then be cut on the laser cutter. Some settings may need to be adjusted, such as the line thickness (most need to be set at hairline thickness) and the labels on the SVG can also be deleted (i.e., Top, Left, etc.).

Photos to be added soon!


  • (Fab-Modeling.1): I can arrange and manipulate simple geometric elements, 2D shapes, and 3D solids using a variety of technologies.
  • (Fab-Fabrication.1): I can follow instructor guided steps that link a software to a machine to produce a simple physical artifact.
  • (Fab-Design.1): I can be responsible for various activities throughout a design process within a group under instructor guidance.

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