Why Not Build This Year's Gingerbread House Using CAD and Lasers?

We've all seen our fair share of crooked gingerbread houses, daubed with frosting to the point where they look less like a building and more like a bomb site. Johan von Konow has a solution to that problem, though: design the building using CAD and manufacture it using laser cutters.

Johan explains on his blog that he wanted to create an accurate, miniature 3D representation of his summer house—out of gingerbread. So he threw the plans into a Computer Aided Design system, and then cut the panels to make the house from slabs of gingerbreads using a 50-watt laser engraver. The result's really quite impressive. It wasn't all fun and games, though. As von Johan points out:

The biggest problem with the cutting was the smell. Lasers tend to create a lot of smoke, and this one was worse than usual. It was something between burned cake and burned hair… After tasting a piece of the left over we become aware that this house is never going to be eaten!

Which is a shame. Still, if you fancy giving it a try yourself, Johan's description of the process is well worth a read. [Johan von Konow via Engadget]