Jonathan Author of Robopenguins

K40 Laser Cutter

Maria got me a k40 laser cutter for my birthday!

It was surprisingly easy to set up considering it probably had a pretty rough trip from China. I just followed the guide here to align the mirrors and I was ready to go.

To control the laser, I used InkScape to make the designs and k40 whisperer to connect to the laser.

Here’s some pictures of the results:

This dice tower was based on these designs


While K40whisperer is a totally functional tool, I thought it would be useful to be able to have a dedicated network accessible computer to be able to remotely run prints on to avoid needing to bring the computer you’re creating the image on over to the printer. K40whisperer has a pretty gnarly codebase so I was pleased to find an active project that exposed the functionality as an API.

I created K40WebServer based on remi to get the basic functionality I was interested in. I may come back to this when I have a chance.