Kerf-Canceling Mechanisms: Making Laser-Cut Mechanisms Operate across Different Laser Cutters

  title={Kerf-Canceling Mechanisms: Making Laser-Cut Mechanisms Operate across Different Laser Cutters},
  author={Thijs Jan Roumen and Ingo Apel and Jotaro Shigeyama and Muhammad Abdullah and Patrick Baudisch},
  journal={Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology},
  • T. Roumen, I. Apel, Patrick Baudisch
  • Published 20 October 2020
  • Computer Science
  • Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology
Getting laser-cut mechanisms, such as those in micro-scopes, robots, vehicles, etc., to work, requires all their components to be dimensioned precisely. This precision, however, tends to be lost when fabricating on a differ-ent laser cutter, as it is likely to remove more or less mate-rial (aka 'kerf'). We address this with what we call kerf-canceling mechanisms. Kerf-canceling mechanisms replace laser-cut bearings, sliders, gear pairs, etc. Unlike their tradi-tional counterparts, however, they… 

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