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At last .. my own lasercutter

I did a lot of lasercutting at Fablab Utrecht, but they stopped a few years ago, and I moved to Hilversum.

I loved making this at this Fablab.

  • Lasercutting : Boxes, A cryptex of my own design, Xmas ornaments, Shogi game, things in acrylic, Rubber stamps
  • Cutting plotter ( Nae Bother Case logo’s )
  • CNC Machines
  • Vacuum form

Then i bought a mini engraver, which you can attach to your 3D printer.

But I really wanted a cutter, so there it is … the Sculptfun S9

First test. crafting paper. No burning and a really high resolution!

This laser module has a new optical design, so it can cut wood as thick as 10+ mm.
It can engrave metal, cut non-transparant acrylic, leather and more.


I’m using Inkscape, with the lasercutter tool plugin from Jtech.

I’ve also tested with LaserGRBL, which can be run under linux using Wine.

I’m trail testing LightBurn. (Native Linux App)

I will post my findings and test on this post.

UPDATE: 20230221

A stone slate engraved
Speed3000 mm/s
Laser Power100%
Lines per mm10

UPDATE: 20230306

Calibrate your machine! .. But NOT as found on YouTube using a 10x10mm or 1 inch by 1 inch. square.
As big as you can. This is far more precise!

My list of settings (Work in progress)

I have to check mm/s versus mm/minute!

Slate (engrave)
(using lasergrbl)
3000 mm/s100%101
3mm Plywood (cut)20 mm/s90%x8?
Cardboard10 mm/s100%x4
Cork (6mm)

Lasercut Xmas Cards

Using a lasercutter i’ve been making some wooden ornaments.

We send these as Xmas cards, so people can hang these in their tree afterwards.

DIY Xmas Cards

We also used these for Advent Calendar decorations.

You can find the lasercut models attached


Shogi game lasercut

I designed playing pieces for a DIY made Shogi board.

Shogi (将棋, shōgi, English: /ˈʃoʊɡi/, Japanese: [ɕoːɡi]), also known as Japanese chess, is a strategy board game for two players. It is one of the most popular board games in Japan and is in the same family of games as Western chess, chaturanga, Xiangqi, Indian chess, and janggi. Shōgi means general’s (shō 将) board game (gi 棋). Western chess is sometimes called (Seiyō Shōgi 西洋将棋 lit. ’Western Shogi’) in Japan.

Shogi was the earliest chess-related historical game to allow captured pieces to be returned to the board by the capturing player. This drop rule is speculated to have been invented in the 15th century and possibly connected to the practice of 15th century mercenaries switching loyalties when captured instead of being killed.

Pieces Lasercut and Laser-engraved

Final board

Left side the turned over pieces, right side displays normal faceup pieces

I’ve designed the pieces and the markings on them using Inkscape.
Instead of the Japanese characters the pieces show the allowed movements. The Circled signs are on the back of the pieces.

Board and traditional characterset