There are very few things as scary as me trying to be a 2D artist, throw those awful skills on a defenseless orange pumpkin using our Austrian CNC laser and wow… horror movies have no standing against my drawing skills!
My first attempt at laser engraving a pumpkin didn’t go so well, it was slightly too high for the bed of the laser. I have 22 inches of play, this pumpkin was 30 inches! I used my eye at the supermarket and I guesss I was a bit off. I brought it up higher on the table for better lighting.
So, I headed back to the supermarket, this time with a ruler and didn’t notice it had two rotten spots on it. I couldn’t use the other side of the pumpkin as it had a pumpkin rash so after a bit of thinking, I realized this would be great eye holes!
So, I powered-up our Trotec Speedy 400 flexx, put the laser tube at full power (and speed) and quickly engraved my awesome design that took me a whole minute to put together.
The results are truly scary! I can design the world’s best laser cut Eiffel Tower but give me a vector program and a pumpkin and now you know why clients send us their 2D design files. Now, if this pumpkin was flat and I could build some interlocking parts, then we are talking about awesome!
I stuck my two finters into the rotten spaces to give the design a bit more depth but it was still missing something. So, I got a knife and finished the job. I guess I could have cut into the pumpkin using my laser but I prefer to use the right tool for the job and not gumming-up my equipment with sticky soot!
So, in a few days, I’ll stick a candle inside and scare the kids… if that doesn’t do the job, I don’t know what will! I think the CNCROi.com mustache was a nice touch!
As always, watch the video!
CNCROi.com: Laser Engraving Pumpkin