So!after calling a zillion places, i found someone who does laser cutting!Vinayaka Laser Works in Basaveswar Nagar does laser cutting and engraving on all sorts of material. They can cut any type of wood of a thickness within 5mm and they charge based on the time taken by the machine-Rs.10 per minute. I got a tiny sample made so i have an idea of how much it would cost me for my pieces. Since it had some intricate designs it took 2-2.5 minutes (Rs.25). Since i don't plan on having intricate designs on the toys except on the 'special' pieces it shouldnt be very expensive..so yay!:)This would be a better option compared to CNC if one needs to cut intricate designs as this uses thin laser beams to cut whereas the CNC uses other cutting tools/drill which are not very intricate. I got a sample of the laser cutting and engraving on wood, and cutting on foam and acrylic sheet.
I have been a part of a year long full-time interactive toy design lab run by Finnish toy designer Anders Sandel at Srishti. I am really fascinated by how children use toys to tell stories. I decided to design toys that allow children to engage in storytelling by creating landscapes for their toys. Little Land is my current project that explores this idea. It makes use of a simple grid and wooden pieces that slide into the grid. This blog gives an insight into my ideas, thoughts and process.