Since purchasing a Speedy 100 laser cutter from Trotec, Raspberry Pi team members have reaped the benefits of the machine; the laser cutter has proven to be the most popular piece of equipment.
Aside from its use within the makerspace, the Trotec laser is an extremely useful tool for the Foundation to prepare for events, especially external workshops. Rather than outsourcing exhibition stand kit, the team can create stand-ready installations in-house using a range of materials including acrylics and plywood.
The fully enclosed Speedy laser alongside its self-contained extraction unit, ensures a safe and clean working environment, and it’s used to create varied applications including commemorative medals and giveaways for attendees.
As an example of modern technology, the Speedy laser has proven to be an attraction to visitors: it’s an exhibit in itself and something the team is always happy to demonstrate.
Since opening its doors, the Foundation’s makerspace has become a popular space, with Foundation team members creating a wide range of different projects using its equipment. One of the most impressive projects made by young people in the makerspaces a hedgehog lodge: a fully automated waystation for hedgehogs in urban areas. The lodge features a Raspberry Pi as its core, with all actuating parts created from plywood and laser cut using the Trotec Speedy 100 system.
Speaking of the plans for the future of the Foundation and makerspace, Mark Calleja said that Raspberry Pi plans to continue to use the laser as a training resource to upskill staff, as well as creating different installations for events and beyond.