Put the X-acto Away — 20 Designers Making Laser Cut Posters + Prints

39 different posters and prints from 20 different designers after the jump

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Atelier 13 — laser cut cardboard; laser etched ceramic

* Sorry everyone. #2 asked to be removed from the blog.

Cosmo Cards — laser cut paper

Cut Out Paper — laser cut paper

Deane Cheuk — laser cut paper

Elijah Porter — CNC milled panels

Halvor Bodin — laser etched stainless steel

Hyperquake — laser cut paper

Jenny Smith — laser cut paper

Lane Twitchelllaser cut paper hand cut tyvek (Okay, so this one’s handcut.)

Marian Bantjes — laser cut paper

Marius Watz — laser etched paper; laser engraved anodized aluminum

Molly M Designs — laser cut paper


Mulšk — laser cut wood; laser cut paper

Nando Costo — laser engraved wood

Robert Ryan — laser cut paper

Shannon Slane — laser engraved wood

Siân Bowen — laser cut persimmon coated & smoked paper; laser cut & palladium on paper

SKRIPT — laser cut museum board

Tes One — laser cut paper

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10 Responses to “Put the X-acto Away — 20 Designers Making Laser Cut Posters + Prints”

  1. Jon Says:

    Amazing work… much of it would be utterly impossible to do with an x-acto anyways and rather frustrating if, at the last cut, you slip and cut off more than you wanted!

    Great display of laser cut paper… I’m surprised it didn’t burn away with such intricate work!

    Jon @ WoodMarvels.com

  2. Linda Says:

    These are so excellent!

    I’m looking at Molly M’s designs, and specifically at the third one from the left. I can’t wrap my brain around the positive and negative spaces in that one. Whenever I sit down to consider a laser cut design for myself, I find myself in the same quandry: if it’s laser-cut, will pieces of it end up attached to nothing and the whole center will fall out? How do you figure that out?

  3. Kristen Turner Says:

    Hey Linda,

    Making mock-ups is always a great way to figure out if something is going to work or not. Try printing out your laser cut design and cutting the pieces away with scissors or an x-acto blade.

  4. sam izdat Says:

    Good old paintbucket fill can also help you to rapidly prototype continuity of design.

  5. Linda Says:

    Thanks, Kristen, that’s a good idea.

    I see that paper isn’t a listed material that you offer. Can paper be requested?

    Is there a limit to the kind of material that can be requested if you have an upgraded account?

    Also, Nando Costo’s engraved wood images are gorgeous, but in the examples on the website of Ponoko’s etched images, they don’t look as crisp and sharp as his do.

    Is that because there’s a difference between engraving and etching? Is it because of the quality of the original image he used, or is it due to the material it was engraved on?

  6. Kristen Turner Says:

    Good questions Linda. I think Josh is going to have to answer them. I think “laser etched” and “laser engraved” mean the same thing, but they are different things when it comes to printmaking.

    See: http://www.biddingtons.com/content/pedigreeetching.html

  7. Josh Judkins Says:

    Hi Linda & Kristen!

    Some answers for you – paper or card has been requested by Prime members in the past, and can be cut successfully. If you’d like to find out more about Prime material requests you can email us at service-at-ponoko-dot-com.

    Regarding getting crisp engraving with Ponoko, your best bet is to combine “raster” fill engraving with “vector” line engraving – the latter which is much sharper than the former. You can find out more about that on these blog posts:
    http://blog.ponoko.com/2008/09/04/how-to-improve-your-engraving-results/
    http://blog.ponoko.com/2008/12/07/how-to-improve-your-engraving-results-part-2/

    Alongside that, you’re entirely right that every material responds to engraving/etching in different ways – you can get a sense of that by looking over the material catalog photos, or the higher-res versions on our Flickr account:
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ponoko

    I hope that helps!

  8. Chris Strong Says:

    Thanks for including the HyperQuake work in your post Kristen! Awesome to see and be surrounded with all the other great laser cut work you featured. Cheers!

  9. Linda Says:

    Yes, it does. Thank you for the pointers to the discussions.

  10. Sarah Holbrook Says:

    Gorgeous roundup. I write a blog and run a business specifically geared to laser-cutting paper. In addition to paper as the final material (I’m a swatchbook addict!), it’s perfect for prototypes before using more expensive materials with Ponoko. Two lovely artists’ work that I recently cut that aren’t shown here are Saelee Oh (http://snailboat.bigcartel.com/product/all-together-now-laser-cut-framed-print) and Béatrice Coron (http://www.beatricecoron.com/boutique.html).