I took the Intro to Laser Cutting class at AS220 Labs on Saturday, making the above doo-hickey as my first test project. To be honest, laser cutting seems pretty simple -- it is just like using a printer. Like everything else, it gets tricky if you want to model 3d shapes -- a dovetailed box, for example. But for making simple little tools, etc., it is pretty amazing. I'm feeling like it will be worth a $40 annual membership (and $10/hour on the cutter) just to make cool little toys for the girls.