Laser Cutting Pocket into Book
This is a project by Lusha Huang, Product of Design department. We've developed a technique for laser cutting into a bound book to create a pocket for storage. One main concern was the multiple page thickness would trap the heat and catch on fire. Lusha came up with a great idea to separate and cut just a few pages by inserting a thin stainless steel sheet. We went with 4-page cut sections and incrementally cut to the desire depth. This worked well and prevented a potential fire hazard. One thing to improve from this method was an overall alignment, because we had to open the book to allow for the cutting head to pass the binding opens and tilts all the pages to a slant. But all in all it worked well, here's the step by step.
First we start with a flat sheet of material, in this case 1/4" masonite. Measure the overall border dimension of your book. Vector cut a light line onto the masonite surface. This is used to align your artwork to the X,Y coordinates of the laser cutter.
From the first page that you want to cut, count down 4 pages and insert the stainless steel plate. We've set the laser printer to Speed:80 Cut:20 Frequency:750. Do a test to determent these values for your selected medium.