My local makerspace recently got a laser cutter. Figured I’d share my workflow for working with CAD/CAM in SketchUp.
First up, storage box for the boardgame Caverna: (See detailed article here: http://www.thomthom.net/thoughts/2017/07/laser-cut-birch-caverna-storage-box/)
A game with hundreds of small pieces, where small zip-bags don’t cut it.
Based the layout from BoardGameGeek. Adapted for 4mm birch plywood.
Modelled in SketchUp:
Created new features for my Milling Tools extension to export 2D profiles of each part:
Then organized in LayOut for PDF export (preferred format for the lasercutter I use.):
Assembly had to be performed in careful order:
Models can be downloaded by themselves here: https://3dwarehouse.sketchup.com/collection/166425e5-a82e-46c5-bfd3-1580fd47e281/Boardgames
The whole project can be found in the blog post linked earlier - as well as on BoardGameGeek.