Family Make Night: Laser-cut Lanterns

Lasercut Lanterns

For Digital Harbor Foundation’s May Family Make Night families learned how to create their own custom laser-cut lanterns! By using a vector drawing software called Inkscape families were able to follow a tutorial on our Family Make Night website to create a custom lantern.

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Seeing everyone’s face light up with excitement as their lantern started to cut on the laser cutter reminded me of how excited I was the first time I saw the CO2 laser start to engrave and cut through something. Even more satisfying is the fact that these young makers made their own creations and ideas come to life! Check out some more pictures of the event on our Flickr page.

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This Family Make Night was an experiment in using the laser cutter for the first time with such a large group of people. Even though everyone was not able to walk away with a lantern in hand (because of the queue) everyone was able to have their lanterns available for pick up a few days later. With this successful integration of the laser cutter under our belts, be sure to keep an eye out for more laser cutting projects down the line for you and your family to participate in.

For more information checkout our Family Make Night website here: www.familymakenight.org

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