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When we have blogged before about folks laser-cutting old records to make stuff, readers have been quick to point out that laser-cutting vinyl is dangerous because it releases chlorine gas which, in turn, presents two hazards: A) you don’t want to breathe it (and probably shouldn’t just vent it into the atmosphere), and B) it will corrode the metal parts of your equipment.

Well, Andrew Hyde and Matthew Wettergreen of Record Monsters seem to have figured out how to do it. But, for perhaps understandable reasons, they don’t give any details about their process. And they’re using it to make these cool wooden-dinosaur-style models out of old records. More pics of the prototype in their Flickr set, and an (already-funded) Kickstarter here. [via Dude Craft]

Sean Michael Ragan

Sean Michael Ragan

I am descended from 5,000 generations of tool-using primates. Also, I went to college and stuff. I am a long-time contributor to MAKE magazine and makezine.com. My work has also appeared in ReadyMade, c’t – Magazin für Computertechnik, and The Wall Street Journal.


  • http://twitter.com/ImpactGroupInc Impact Group Inc.

    Is there a single maker on earth that doesn’t want a laser cutter? Probably. But I’m not one of them. ;)

  • Anonymous

    Um, vinyl? Is there not a poison gas risk here?

  • Anonymous

    Um, vinyl? Shouldn’t we be worried about poison gas here?

    • Anonymous

      Did you not read the article?

  • http://twitter.com/MAKEPARTSCOM MAKE-PARTS.com

    Most definitely. PVC and Lasers not a great idea but a clever re-use of material

    • http://smragan.com Sean Michael Ragan

      Seriously folks, please read the text before commenting. That’s half the point of this article: These guys have figured out how to do it.

  • http://www.lasercuttingleather.com Laser Cutting Leather

    I’ll post the same information to my blog, thanks for ideas and great article.

  • http://www.itclips.net/2012/01/01/best-of-make-our-year-in-crowdfunding/ Best of MAKE: Our Year in Crowdfunding

    […] 2,950% — Record Monsters (Laser Cut Vinyl Record Puzzles) by Andrew Hyde — Our Post […]

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