I wonder if it will always be in progress…

So the end of the semester has come and it seems that my laser cutter is not done. I am very disappointed in myself for this. I wish I had had more time to spend on it. It is probably not complete because I got stuck in the digital world more than the real. I know I got hung up in both my structural build and my electronic build. Electronics mostly because I haven’t really dealt with them before. And structural because I wasn’t exactly sure how things were supposed to look and what the specific measurements were. There was no guide for it.

I will say though that I learned a lot from this incomplete project. I learned that there will probably never be enough time to finish things. I learned that you should always have a backup plan in case something doesn’t go the way you were expecting too. I learned that sometimes there is no such thing as perfect. I learned that electronics are tricky and I don’t really have a nack for it, but there is always the ability to learn. I learned that I shouldn’t be afraid to ask for help. I also learned that I am capable of doing things without help. I learned that once I give myself permission to do something I can, probably, do it. (It’s kind of a confidence thing I guess)

Pros of this project

  • The knowledge of how to bend acrylic sheets and the fact that I enjoy it.
  • figuring out how to start a 3D print.
  • the knowledge that there is no such thing as perfect.
  • Even though I didn’t get it done yet, I will continue to have opportunities to work on it.
  • There is still more to learn.
  • I am still, somewhat, happy with what I was able to get done.

 

Cons of this project

  • Working with non-specific directions sucks.
  • trying to guess what someone means when they say something sucks.
  • No matter how many times you measure something it can still not be right.
  • there is a balance between the digital world and the physical that sometimes teeters in the wrong direction.
  • There’s never enough time.
  • There’s never enough time.
  • There’s never enough time.

There are a large number of things I would change and do differently. There are things I am going to keep working on. And there are things I am not going to want to have to deal with again. I am going to keep working on this. I am going to acquire better, more precise, materials. And I AM going to finish this.

 

All nine final images
All nine final images
Patches
Patches
Stitches
Stitches
Nash
Nash
Mumford
Mumford
Jason Bunhees
Jason Bunhees
Depressed Bunny
Depressed Bunny
Clown Bunny
Clown Bunny
Ballgag Bunny
Ballgag Bunny
American Psycho Bunny
American Psycho Bunny
Laser cutter front view
Laser cutter front view
laser cutter top view
laser cutter top view
Laser cutter inside with support plate
Laser cutter inside with support plate
inside laser cutter without support plate.
inside laser cutter without support plate.

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