Community member Olivia and her husband enjoy playing Settlers of Catan, a popular board game. Visiting a local wood store, they acquired some finished wood pieces sold as scraps, then decided to make custom game pieces themselves to enhance the game!
Olivia created the custom designs with CorelDRAW, then used the vector mode of the laser engraver to cut them into interlocking puzzle pieces, just like the Settlers board game pieces.
They had good results with painted wood, as the laser engraver burned off the paint, leaving behind a nice contrast of the design. Adjusting the speed of the laser improved the contrast, burning the wood darker. She also created game pieces with natural hickory wood. We have a number of board gamers in the 3D Lab group, including Tim Winkler who creates impressing 2D and 3D printed game pieces.