LASER CUT NOTEBOOK WITH LIVING HINGE

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The Laser Cut Notebook Cover with a Living Hinge has been my favorite project since I first started working on it, almost one year ago. I first designed this project for my composition notebooks, since I always have one with me for jotting down notes. The initial living hinge pattern was found on Epilog Sample Club, a website with great ideas for laser cutter projects. Then, when I was asked for a fun project to contribute to TechShop Ladies Night, my first suggestion was this project. Since it’s a personal favorite, I’ve created a tutorial that goes over how to prepare a notebook from start to finish.


Since this project is done in Adobe Illustrator, I designed the tutorial to be an introduction to the vector software. First, we will use Adobe Illustrator to create artwork on the computer. We’ll go over the difference between raster and vector art and a brief introduction to vector art. Then, we’ll move to the laser cutters to etch the art we created and cut the living hinge pattern into wood. You will need access to a laser cutter in order to finish the project. However, I also recommend this tutorial if you are learning to create art in Illustrator.

Tutorial : Laser Cut Notebook with Living Hinge

Part I - INTRO TO LASER CUTTING AND ETCHING

Part II - INTRO TO ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR

Part III - LIVE TRACE TO PREP ARTWORK FOR LASER ETCHING

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