Making a pressfit miniature house
This method describes how we went about creating this miniature house, using AutoCad, CorelDraw and printing it out on a Laser cutter. This method can be used as a guideline for other projects.
Make a good sketch of the project with exact measurements.
In AutoCad we start setting up the base - lines for the house:
Continue building the parts for the house
One important issue though; When making notches for the pressfit - assembly - make sure that these measures exactly the same as the actual material - thickness. We measured our material prior to constructing the house.
Finish building the house
When finished we extracted the different sides / contours we needed for the model.
We took these into a separate file and flattened all so they lay on the same plane.
Next was importing the "flat" file into CorelDraw (You could use any vector - based application for this). Ungroup the elements and distribute them to fit the page / base drawing.
Next; we head for the laser cutter with these preferences:
Put the cut - sheet in the cutter, we used 3 mm plywood.
HIt the "Go" - button and "print out the parts.
When finished; assemble the house,
Congratulations - your'e done!