I am a member of Knox Makers in Knoxville, Tennessee (United States). We have a laser cutter that our group built. We have made a habit of naming all the things, and a very generous donor was awarded the opportunity to name our laser cutter. He chose Goldfinger, for obvious reasons.
Here is what we are working with:
Goldfinger is a Buildog.net 2.x Laser that uses LinuxCNC. It cuts the things, and we are most grateful for this. Currently trying to figure out raster images, but vector works like a charm.
Hi I am new here I have a cheap Chinese 50W laser. Cheap as lasers go but not cheap for my budget.
But I do enjoy learning and burning things with it.
Have made a few upgrades like a water cooler using a small frig pump , cpu radiator with fans and a thermostat to control water temp.
Added lighting, an exhaust fan, some weather stripping to seal the crack around the door to help to keep the smoke going in the right direction (outside).
Kind of a odd place to find laser people here at a plastic place. I also have a Anet a8 that is how I found Thingiverse in the first place.
This blog post from 2012 (https://ponoko.zendesk.com/hc/en-us/articles/220288988-Easily-create-laser-cut-3D-forms) describes how to use SketchUp plugins to slice and export an STL file into a laser cutter-ready SVG file. The plugins mentioned can no longer be found. The blog post also mentions that the same thing can be done with 123D Make, but that's discontinued and the replacement, Fusion 360, is paid software.
There's also a new SketchUp plugin available: https://forums.sketchup.com/t/3d-model-to-lasercut-slices/24709 . My understanding is that plugins only work with the paid versions of SketchUp.
Does anyone know of free (as in beer and/or speech) software or libraries that can do the same thing?