In this post, we will tell you how you can make a rocking horse out of plywood using a wood laser cutter. The laser will cut the plywood according to the design, and then you can assemble the rocking horse.
The post aims to teach how you can make different things using a laser cutting and laser engraver machine. Other than a rocking horse, you can make a variety of things and express your creativity by following the same method.
Designing of the Rocking Horse
The process starts with the design. You will be giving DXF files to the laser cutting software, but before that, you need to make those files.
For this, you require expertise in designing such files. First, think about the design and what the horse will look like. There will be joints, holes, and other attachments to assemble the rocking horse in the end. All these things are a bit complicated. But if you have an idea how to do it, you can do it and make your own design.
Pay attention to size and position to make everything perfect. Any wrong estimate can ruin the project. Calculate size and position with extremely high precision. When you use a laser, don't forget to include the incision width.
It's a simple app, but you still need to learn how to use it. For experts, lightburn is the best choice. It will help you create high-precision and high-precision images, which is what you need when working with lasers.
For the rocking horse there will be a separate section. Therefore, each section requires a separate file. After creating the designs, you need to import them as DXF files. Once you have the files, you can use the laser cutter and engraver to create the wooden rocking horse.
You can also find designs on the internet. You'll find various files for DIY projects. For our readers, we also provide the Trojan's documentation. You can use it directly on your laser engraver.
Steps to Make Rocking Horse Using Plywood
To make the rocking horse we will be using a ZBAITU Z40, which is a diode laser cutting and engraving machine. It is the perfect machine for beginners, hobbyists, DIY enthusiasts and small businesses. 22W is the most powerful diode laser module in the world, which can easily cut plywood.
Step 1: First, you need plywood. We used 20-30 A4 plywood pieces of 8mm thickness. The 22W module can easily be cut in one pass.Step 2: Use Lightburn. Open the software. Now, import the files one by one and place the plywood.
Step 3: Place the first plywood on the honeycomb panel and import the file to the software. Adjust the focus of the laser to ensure perfect cutting.
Step 4: Set the speed at 3 mm/sec and power at 100%. If you are using the 22W laser, one pass is enough for an 8mm plywood.
Step 5: Now, you are ready to cut the plywood. Once the piece is cut, you can place another piece and import its file. You need to repeat the same process until you have all parts ready.
Step 6: If you want to customize the horse, it is a good idea to engrave a logo, name, or anything else. You can engrave on any part you like. Place the piece on the honeycomb panel and import the engraving design to the software. For engraving, reduce the power to 40%.
Step 7: After all, assemble the parts. The horse will need some finishing at the edges. Use sandpaper to do that. Finally, choose an attractive color and paint the rocking horse.
Hurray! The rocking horse is ready. It’s time to Rock!
Rocking Horse Laser Project Image: