Dremel LC40 Laser Cutter Review: High Quality at a Cost

It’s not a shark with a laser attached to its head, but the Dremel LC40 can certainly do a lot. It’s a laser cutter that uses a 40-watt infrared laser to cut, engrave and mark materials ranging from paper to aluminum, via plastic and wood. While a 3D printer extrudes plastic to create prints, the Dremel LC40 produces its creations by slicing through card, leather or other soft materials; engraving designs into plastics; or cutting through wood up to a quarter of an inch thick and acrylic material up to 6mm thick. It is pretty easy to use, as well. You can scan material with the built-in camera and upload your design via the web interface, and the cutter will engrave the design or cut it out. But this flexibility doesn’t come cheap. At $5999, Dremel’s laser cutter is more expensive than similar devices like the Glowforge Plus, and we did find a few quirks. The LC40 is a large device, measuring a little less than 3 feet wide and 2 feet deep. The LC40′s top is mostly a glass cover that lifts to reveal the cutting area and an iPhone-sized touch screen. There is a single button below the touch screen that confirms operations such as starting the laser cu...

The Browns Bridge Light Show presents festive lights set to seasonal music that the whole family

The Browns Bridge Light Show presents festive lights set to seasonal music that the whole family will enjoy. Designer David Wood has been creating the Halloween light show at his house for four years. He also produces a Christmas display. “I was inspired by a combination of other animated light displays in the area and by watching too many Christmas light fight episodes on TV,” Wood said. It takes Wood a year to build and prepare updates to the displays. After ordering lights from China in January, he builds new props in February and March and then tests them in April and May. The summer is spent synchronizing the lights to music. Coordinating the elements can take anywhere from 10 to 15 hours per song. This year he plans to add eight new songs for the Christmas show. “I started researching how to do lights, where to find the vendors for the hobby and put together my first show five years ago,” Wood said. “It was about that time I realized how deep this rabbit hole goes. So I have slowly added and built up my show over the course of the last few years.” Wood has added an interactive element to the Halloween display this fall. Audience members have the opportunity to start the s...