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Bonko365
Jul 14, 2017

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Are you employed at a company or an architectural design firm?

Jul 14, 5:30AM EDT0

I am Employed at an Planning and Construction Company.

I can provide you with the Link of the Company 

www.ceta-gig.com

or on facebook : ceta general invest group

Jul 14, 12:45PM EDT0
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What kind of expertise do you need to use a laser cutter?

Jul 12, 11:49PM EDT0

I got a one-week schooling at the Technical University of Vienna for the Laser and Fraser use. If you attend the course and pass the exam, you are skilled enough to use a Laser cutter, but not to repair it or re-program it if necessary.

Jul 14, 12:48PM EDT0
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Which software helps the most in making architectural models?

Jul 12, 9:42PM EDT0

Well, it depends if you want to use a laser or not. For the Laser which I use, usually I draw the parts that need to be cut on Archicad. The rest of the Modell is then Handmade.

Jul 14, 12:50PM EDT0

What is educational background and your what was your major?

Jul 12, 11:28AM EDT0

I am a Bachelor of Architecture. But the Laser usage was not required to get my degree. I made the laser course to make my study and work time easier.

Jul 14, 12:52PM EDT0

What kind of models do you dream of making in the future?

Jul 12, 7:46AM EDT0

I want to build the Empire State Building, but this requires a lot of time and money. (money- depends of the scale you want to make it, i would prefer 1:100)

Jul 14, 12:54PM EDT0
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How difficult is it to make architectural models using various tools?

Jul 12, 6:11AM EDT0

It really depends on how detailed the Modell has to be. The scale of details, defines the diffuculty.

Jul 14, 12:55PM EDT0

What kind of features are available in your usual lastercutter?

Jul 12, 2:25AM EDT0

For my Models, I use only cutting and engraving. I never saw or heard that you can use this kind of Laser for any other things in the Model building branch

Jul 14, 12:56PM EDT0

Is your work limited to architectural models or does it encompass more areas?

Jul 12, 12:14AM EDT0

I am not a Professional Model builder. I help out at the Company if a Model is required, so this means I am limited only to Architectural Models. 

Jul 14, 12:57PM EDT0

Do you or your firm purchase laser cutters or are they available on hire basis?

Jul 11, 3:16AM EDT0

We do not use them very often and since they are very expencive, we take them on hire basis.

Jul 14, 12:58PM EDT0

Do you need technical knowhow to use a laser cutter or a fraser?

Jul 10, 8:38AM EDT0

I got a one-week schooling at the Technical University of Vienna for the Laser and Fraser use. If you attend the course and pass the exam, you are skilled enough to use a Laser cutter, but not to repair it or re-program it if necessary. Yet there are extra courses that you can take. 

Jul 14, 12:59PM EDT0
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On what materials should a laser cutter never be used?

Jul 10, 2:42AM EDT0

Laser cutters work with a highly dense light beam. This means the laser creates a lot of heat. Yet the laser moves so fast that you can use it on carton. It happens that they start burning sometimes but just for some seconds. What you shouldn’t use a laser for are materials that can melt like, Plastic or Plexy glass.

Jul 14, 1:02PM EDT0
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Is there any difference between a lasercutter and a laser punching machine?

Jul 10, 2:40AM EDT0

 

I think that they are the same. Maybe they are varied by the strength of the laser, since the laser we use do not cut metal parts ( at least not thick parts)

Jul 14, 1:04PM EDT0

How much experience do you have in this line of work?

Jul 10, 12:20AM EDT0

2 Years in University and 2 Years at my Company but I have not been using it on daily basis.

Jul 14, 1:05PM EDT0

What do you except cutting at your work?

Jul 15, 5:10AM EDT0

What is your exact role in your organization and your work duties?

Jul 10, 12:09AM EDT0

I am an Architect. I am more focused on analyzing the surroundings and try to find features in the surroundings of the site that can be taken and used in the planning process. Every Projects needs to be sensed and it needs to work together with the environment.

Jul 14, 1:08PM EDT0

What was your fave project and what made it so special?

Jul 9, 9:35PM EDT0

 

My favorite project until now was my Thesis for my bachelor in University. It was a residential building, What made it so special was that it had in 100m length and 30m width, more than 72 apartments in only 6 floors ( the first and the last floor were Maisonette) with a Middle-level development. The facade had to be all with terraces and every Apartment had to have 20% of the surface in terraces. It was a challenge, but my most exciting project until now.

Jul 14, 1:16PM EDT0
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What kind of architectural model building projects have you been involved in?

Jul 9, 8:56PM EDT0

Mainly in residential buildings. But also Conceptual Modells.

Jul 14, 1:16PM EDT0

If you have choise to build something what it will be?

Jul 15, 5:13AM EDT0

What kind of materials or software do you use for your models?

Jul 9, 3:52PM EDT0

Usually I use Archicad for drawing the parts that need to be cut. As a material i use Finish carton, since its is the easiest to edit if something goes wrong with the cutting.

Jul 14, 1:17PM EDT0

Do you need specific watt power in your lastercutter for specific uses?

Jul 9, 2:31PM EDT0

To be Honest i do not know that since we only rent a space where the lasers are allready installed

Jul 14, 1:18PM EDT0

Apart from architectural models, what other areas are laser cutting machines used?

Jul 9, 4:57AM EDT0

There are also stronger lasers with more power, and they are used to cut metal parts like car parts, or parts of any other machinery. 

Jul 14, 1:19PM EDT0

Which companies offer the best laser cutters in the market?

Jul 9, 3:44AM EDT0

I would say ThunderLaser and BossLaser.

Jul 14, 4:23PM EDT0

What kind of safety precautions do you take while using lastercutters and frasers?

Jul 9, 3:31AM EDT0

Actually there are not so many, after you complete the course you are instructed well enough to not make any dangerous mistakes, the lasers are safely programed. For instance, they don’t start if they are not closed properly, they don’t start if you don’t fix the material exactly, etc. 

Jul 14, 4:25PM EDT0
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What kind of experiences have you had with lastercutters and erasers?

Jul 9, 12:34AM EDT0

Untill now only in Model building. i have not used it for other purposes. 

Jul 14, 4:26PM EDT0

Are lasecutters capable of customisation and precision cutting?

Jul 9, 12:23AM EDT0

Yes they are, they are able to cut everything exactly the way you draw it on a CAD program, unless the distance between the cutting line is higher than 2mm, otherwise it will burn the material because of the double heat it gets from the laser going over it two times. 

Jul 14, 4:28PM EDT0

What kind of models have you made so far in your regular work?

Jul 8, 11:20PM EDT0

Only Architectural work, usually at the size of 1:200 and 1:100, and some Concept Models in the size of 1:500

Jul 14, 4:29PM EDT0

Is a laser cutter different from a fraser with different functions?

Jul 8, 9:10PM EDT0

To prepare the software for cutting, it is almost the same process. The difference is that lasers are made for precise cutting of thin materials like carton. A Fraser cuts thicker materials like wood pieces and metal. 

Jul 14, 4:33PM EDT0

What kind of materials is a laser cutter capable of cutting and shaping?

Jul 8, 6:19PM EDT0

 lasers are made for precise cutting of thin materials like carton. A Fraser cuts thicker materials like wood pieces and metal. 

Jul 14, 4:33PM EDT0

What kind of materials do you usually work with in your models?

Jul 8, 6:13PM EDT0

Usually Finish carton. Because it is easy to edit in case it is needed

Jul 14, 4:34PM EDT0

Are laser cutters and erasers easy to use in model building?

Jul 8, 3:59PM EDT0

Once you finish the course for it , they are. It is a hard piece of work drawing all the pieces if you have a lot of them. But the rest is easly done.

Jul 14, 4:35PM EDT0

Is it sensible to opt for a charging and storage system based machine?

Jul 8, 3:49PM EDT0

What can be done to make architectural model making easier?

Jul 8, 3:24PM EDT0

It is important that you calculate everything before you draw the pieces you need to cut. For example, every material has a thickness, if you do not calculate the thickness of the material before then you will have an unprecise model. If you keep in mind all the factors befor you start using the laser or fraser, it will be much easier than cutting every piece by yourself.

Jul 14, 4:37PM EDT0

How long does it take to make your average regular model?

Jul 8, 2:09PM EDT0

It really depends on the size and how detailed that is required. Usually between 3 days and a week. If it is a really detailed Model it can take me up to 2 weeks to get it done well. 

Jul 14, 4:39PM EDT0

Can people use laser cutters after checking out tutorials and help resources?

Jul 8, 11:13AM EDT0

It is possible i think, but i do not know if anyone will allow you to use a laser without a certification that proves that you finished a course.

Jul 14, 4:39PM EDT0
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Is a laser cutter safe to use during model building?

Jul 8, 7:41AM EDT0

Yes it is. The lasers are safely programed. For instance, they don’t start if they are not closed properly, they don’t start if you don’t fix the material exactly, etc. 

Jul 14, 4:40PM EDT0

What kind of functions do the combo or hybrid laser cutting machines have?

Jul 8, 7:14AM EDT0

For my Models, I use only cutting and engraving. I never saw or heard that you can use this kind of Laser for any other things in the Model building branch

Jul 14, 4:42PM EDT0

What kind of training did you undergo to work with lasercutters and frasers?

Jul 8, 7:09AM EDT0

I finished a course in the Technical University of Vienna during my University time. 

Jul 14, 4:43PM EDT0

What points should be kept in mind while using laser cutters?

Jul 8, 5:30AM EDT1

It is important that you calculate everything before you draw the pieces you need to cut. For example, every material has a thickness, if you do not calculate the thickness of the material before then you will have an unprecise model. If you keep in mind all the factors befor you start using the laser or fraser, it will be much easier than cutting every piece by yourself.

Jul 14, 4:43PM EDT0

How did you get interested in this line of work?

Jul 8, 4:49AM EDT1

It really depends on the size and how detailed that is required. Usually between 3 days and a week. If it is a really detailed Model it can take me up to 2 weeks to get it done well. Well, after a made a Model without any lasers or Frasers and it took me about a week to only cut the pieces by hand. I realized that i could save myself a lot of time by using a Laser that was right next to room I usually spent my time in University. So i decided to take a course and get a permission to use the laser. 

Jul 14, 4:46PM EDT0