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Laser-Cut Fluttershy by flutterguy317 Laser-Cut Fluttershy by flutterguy317
I work as an engineer for a manufacturing company that produces laser cutting machines and we're able to cut our own parts, so I thought I'd try to see if I could create a laser-cut Fluttershy! This is a picture of the first successful piece that was cut (I cut one piece before it, but my laser definitions were off and some lines that should've been marked were cut). I decided to go with a relatively simple pose (since that's the most likely to come out well), so I used Fluttershy's super-cute squee! I created the design in Inkscape and imported it into the Trumpf TruTops CAD system to create the final result. This was cut on 1mm thick steel plating.

I modified the default marking parameters on the machine to try to create darker marking lines, but it ended up making them thicker (and a little messier). I may try to re-cut this piece with different parameters to see if I can get the lines to stand out a bit more. I would like to eventually create laser-cut versions of each of the mane 6 and participate in a gift exchange or auction them off for charity. I'm fairly limited in the number I can cut, though, since we're only supposed to use the machines for personal items very sparingly.

As always, please feel free to critique and I hope you like it! All of the files I created (including the source svg) can be found here: [link]
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Sachiaoitori Featured By Owner Apr 14, 2013  Student General Artist
oh my gosh.

I want this on our robot lol
MadManInTheBox Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
chrome? <3
flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hehe, this was cut out of steel, I've done a few in stainless (will upload photo's soon-ish), but I would love to do some out of brass or copper (they're so expensive though!) :)
MadManInTheBox Featured By Owner Aug 19, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
i meant would it be possible to make a chrome one? :3

But brass would be sexy! Steampunk ponies???
flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
haha, I know, steampunk ponies would be amazing!! I'm pretty sure I could do a chrome one, but I'd need to get the material for it (not sure where or how much it would be). Might be worth looking into :)
MadManInTheBox Featured By Owner Aug 22, 2012  Hobbyist Writer
if you find out it's possible, i totally want t quote on a chrome Rarity :la:
SolarFlare-Solis Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
hahahaha! Nice...

GIVE IT TO ME :iconevilfaceplz:
ds777fighter Featured By Owner Apr 6, 2012
That looks great. Heck, I'd buy that.
flutterguy317 Featured By Owner Apr 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks!! I'm also going to try using some different materials too (clear plastic, brass, stainless steel, etc.) to see which looks the best.
SilverRainclouds Featured By Owner Apr 4, 2012   Digital Artist
Isn't it amazing what you can do with a bit of metal and some engineering knowhow? ♥
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