The laser cutting technology nowadays is so advanced that anyone can afford it. Just 20 years ago, most of the consumer machines cost well over $5000. Add inflation due to formula and you can figure out how expensive it was to get into this industry. Today, you could get yourself a laser cutter machine for less than $500. Of course, it is not going to have any high-end tech, but it still much better than nothing, right?
Either way, we are not here to talk about the affordability and availability of these machines. Since getting into this kind of market is so easy, I wanted to talk about the possibilities of these machines and the projects anyone could do. Right now, on Google, you could probably find thousands of unique and creative project ideas.
However, if you want to create something truly unique, you will need to find something fresh and new. To help with that, I decided to do some research and find all of those most creative ideas that everyone should try in 2021.
1. Your new favorite drinking glass
When starting out working with this kind of machine, it is a good idea to start with something basic and cheap. There really is no need to waste any good products or materials. Try out your skills on the most basic and simple things.
One of the more creative and unique ideas that I have seen on the Internet is creating an engraved drinking glass. I know, it might not sound very impressive, but it is definitely interesting. Especially if you plan on using the glass for yourself. Of course, this might seem like a fun idea for some of your friends, so you can make one for them too.
This kind of project is quite simple and cheap. All you need to do is just grab some of the drinking glasses that you have at home. After that, imagine a design and try to implement it on the glass itself. Do not worry, even if the design looks bad, you can still safely use the glass for drinking.
If you like the outcome, you can buy yourself another set of drinking glasses and experiment on them. Who knows, you might even make a profit out of this.
2. Laptop cooler pad
At first glance, this may sound like a complicated project that only experienced people can handle. But, it is not what you think. I am not talking about creating some complicated and advanced pad with active fan cooling. I am talking about cutting an acrylic piece of plastic. The entire role of this acrylic pad is to prop up the laptop from the surface beneath it.
Believe it or not, but slightly propping up the laptop from the table will actually allow it to perform a lot better. How? Well, you have to remember that the fans on laptops always pool are from the bottom. By creating more space between the laptop and the service, the fans can pull more cool air.
In other words, with just a simple piece of acrylic plastic, a co2 laser cutting machine, and an idea, you can turn your laptop into a much more powerful piece of hardware. Keep in mind, for this kind of job, working on acrylic, plastic, epoxy resin, and everything similar is best done with a CO2 laser as suggested by www.dxtech.com. If you want to cash in on this, you should try engraving the acrylic to make it more stylish and interesting.
3. Custom business cards
These days, most people do not have a business card because getting someone’s information can be done through the Internet. However, it still does not hurt to have a business card and to share with people. In fact, it has been proven that these cars are still very effective in most industries.
To leave a good impression, you will need to have a well-designed business card. But, creating one is not a simple as you might think. Fortunately, with the power of a laser cutting machine, you can create anything want. Your business card can be as unique as you want. It can be made out of acrylic, it can be made out of plastic, it can have any kind of design you want.
Naturally, you should not overdo it with colors and crazy designs. It is probably best to find something that is both fun and professional at the same time. Although, that depends on which industry you are currently working in.
4. Headphone holder/stand
With the COVID-19 pandemic still active, most of us are still stuck working or studying from home. With applications such as Skype, Discord, Microsoft Teams, Zoom, and many others, we can communicate with our fellow students, coworkers, managers, teachers, etc. To work from home, one accessory is mandatory. Headphones, preferably the ones that come with a microphone.
What does this have to do with laser cutter projects you ask? Well, every time you are in a call, the headphones are on your head. But, when you take them off, you do not have anywhere to put them and you just leave them on the desk or table. This makes every desk unnecessarily cluttered which is why I believe that building your own headphone stand is such a good idea.
With a laser cutting machine in your hands, you can make a stand that is entirely customized for your headphones. It can also be made out of any kind of material you want. If you want, it could be clear plastic or it could even be made from wood. If you have a more powerful laser, it could even be from metal.
There are probably thousands of other laser cutter projects and ideas that you could try in 2021. Obviously, you should try out the ideas that work in your favor. However, in my opinion, all of these projects that I put in this article are the ones that are relatable to everyone. I am sure that you will find use from some of these projects.