Play with Lasers: MAKEatx

Play with Lasers: MAKEatx

Chris Perez
Aug 31, 2012

Name: MAKEatx
Location: Austin, Texas

Is there anything cooler than a laser? How about a laser that etches and cuts your own designs? I crashed an Etsy craft party at MAKEatx and was blown away by the possibilities. Come take a look at how you can use lasers to make corrugated cardboard cabinets, decorative etchings in wood and glass, acrylic jewelry, and more… all with a laser cutter!

When tech meets DIY, everyone wins. Kristen and Eve are opening all sorts of creative doors and possibilities with their MAKEatx workshop. Passionate about design, Kristen and Eve left architecture to start the shop and do what they love — create without boundaries. The workshop is a place for individuals to craft, socialize, and get inspired by the array of tools and materials it has on hand. The showstopper is undoubtedly Patty Princess of Power — an appropriate name given to a valiant laser cutter.

Patty can do just about anything — engrave wood, glass, and leather, and cut intricate designs in mediums as delicate as paper or as tough as acrylic. Kristen and Eve have even used the laser cutter to make a corrugated cardboard cabinet — close to one hundred cardboard pieces were laser-cut and then glued together for a furniture piece that has the look of striated wood.

At this Etsy craft party, people got a chance to bring in their digital designs (or create some on the spot with the workshops' computers and digital software) to bring their visions to life with their own materials or from pieces in the scrap pile — which by the way is probably the coolest scrap pile you've ever seen.

Just spending a few minutes with the laser cutter and the enthusiastic people behind it will get your imagination running to places it's never been before. Kristen and Eve made it all seem so easy and seamless that you couldn't help but crave a little more time with Patty.

MAKEatx is a sort of Hackspace, already with plans for more equipment like a CNC router — hello custom furniture. Membership is on a per-month basis (no contract, no minimum) and members receive up to 4 hours each week with the laser cutter, access to all the crafts and tools, a chance to interact with other talented people, and a gallery space to display your work.

Play with Lasers! See the MAKEatx website for more details on becoming a member, and also check out their blog for pictures of all the cool things being made every day.

Thanks Kristen and Eve!

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