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Gregory Holloway's Arduino-Based MicroSlice Laser Cutter

Gareth Halfacree

The big buzz in miniature manufacturing these days is all about the 3D printer, but for our money you can't beat the speed and flexibility of a good laser cutter. Affordable beginners' laser cutters, however, are admittedly hard to come by, which is why we're fascinated by Derby-based Gregory Holloway's MicroSlice. While it's no competition for a full-size laser cutter, Gregory's Arduino-based open-hardware project has captured considerable interest on Kickstarter and Instructables for its ability to cut paper, engrave plastic and wood and even - with a recently-developed higher-powered laser diode and driver - make simple single-layer printed circuit boards.

The MicroSlice has a work area of 50mm x 50mm (2" x 2"); Cuts paper and engraves leather, chocolate, wood & plastic; Make Simple PCB Circuits; Open Hardware; Uses the Arduino UNO R3. All the software used by the MicroSlice, including the graphics program, is Open Source, and free to use for personal use!

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