The Laser Cutter
A recent and versatile addition to Jim's arsenal of tools is a laser engraver/cutter made by Universal Laser Systems. This machine uses an infrared (and thus invisible) laser beam under computer control to work wood, plastic, or other materials. It can engrave an intricate pattern on the material surface, or cut right through it along a precisely specified curve. These photos show the machine in Jim's shop, and just a few examples of the many uses to which Jim has put this unusual tool.