Laser Engraved Info cards for the Homeless

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We started this project with a simple goal. Make something that could help the homeless. Having this in mind we discussed many potential ideas. From heated tents to automated food dispensers we were thinking big. After meeting with homeless experts and doing tons of research we discovered that what can help homeless people the most is rather simple, giving them access to those who can help them. Many homeless aren't aware of the resources that exist that can assist them. Existing "cards" were just phone numbers printed out on paper. Through are research we saw that this simply didn't work. These pieces of paper weren't durable in the conditions that most homeless people find themselves in. Most importantly we made these cards so they could be mass produced but also changed to be more localized for different regions or edited to apply to countries other than the USA. These cards were handed out as a part of kits of food, toiletries and other necessities for homeless people in DC.

How-to: 

We started off by purchasing these thin metal cards at Amazon. They are cheap but durable.

We used the info card engraving jig file to laser cut out the red rectangles on one sheet of 1/8th inch plywood and then glued that to another, uncut sheet. This created pockets that the cards could be placed in that would match the design for the text.

We placed the cards in the pockets and engraved the text onto 20 cards in one job.

If you wanted to put additional information on the back of the cards, you could change the jig file text and simply flip the cards over for a second job.

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bitlab
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Laser Cutter
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Metal sheets
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100
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1/8 plywood
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2
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Info Card Engraving Jig
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bitlab
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Teaser: 
These info cards contain info vital for homeless people. These cards have been designed to contain information crucial for homeless people. The cards connect homeless people to assistance. The cards were made to be replicated throughout America.
Aha! moment: 
Our biggest AHA moment had to be when we made a jig to engrave 20 cards in one job.
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Creation Date: 
Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 21:57