A unique image appears on each rotation of this transparent acrylic cube
There was definitely some careful planning going on when artist Thomas Medicus put together this remarkable laser cut cube titled ‘Emergence Lab’. Upon rotation, a new hand-painted image is revealed from each orientation with a dynamic three-dimensional impact. It really is quite mesmerising… continue reading below for an HD clip of the cube being rotated through all axis.
The cube consists of 216 laser cut acrylic strips assembled into a grid structure. This enables an anamorphic painting to be positioned on each side that is only able to be seen in complete clarity from one specific viewpoint. In order to retain the integrity of the transparent cube, the images have to occupy the same physical space as their counterparts on the opposite side; adding to the complexity of the hand painted designs.
By using this method of construction for the cube, it makes the task of applying the images much more straightforward – but also results in unwanted reflections within the structure. To get around this, Thomas came up with a clever solution: fill the cube with a silicon oil that has the same refractive index as the acrylic structure. This gives the visual impression of a solid glass block, as the individual facets and surfaces of the acrylic strips blend away to become almost invisible.
Can you think of other ways to use silicon oil to enhance the impact of laser cut acrylic from the Ponoko Personal Factory? Let us know in the comments below.
Emergence Lab via My Modern Met
Scott Campbell’s Laser Cut Skull
At a time of year when spending patterns can make it seem like people have money to burn, this laser cut skull by Scott Campbell sends a sobering message. Produced as a one in a series of laser cut US currency sculptures, the thought-provoking collection pokes fun at all those cashed-up buyers with their wallets out.
Highlighting the arbitrary nature of money
The leering skull featured above is an image familiar in the world of tattoo art (Scott happens to be a former tattoo artist himself). By placing this iconic form into a dead-man’s chest made out of $11,000 in real, legal currency, the value of money is brought into question as we reconsider how much the items that we buy are really worth.
Laser cut layers
Using the technique of layered construction creates a solid three-dimensional object from the 2 x 2 foot sheets of currency. This is an effective way to generate 3D forms, as it takes advantage of the precision enabled by laser cutting and (as Scott shows here) the resulting topographical layers create a distinctive visual texture.
For further pieces that challenge the big spenders, you can find additional skulls laser cut from dollar bills at Scott Campbell’s Studio.
Laser cut houses, and cats!
Above is a Pop-Up Village. They are laser cut and etched into wood, like Ponoko.com‘s own Birch Plywood, and come from Thea Starr of 6 By 6 Arts.
After the jump, some cats… (more…)
Laser cut Wookies, crows, teeth, and heart!
Above is a granite coaster of Chewbacca. It is laser etched into granite and comes from So Hot Right Now. This would be great laser etched into Ponoko.com‘s Black Acrylic.
After the jump, crows, teeth, and heart! (more…)
Amex Plastic Re-Imagined
With a rich history in highly refined laser cut art pieces, French design agency Future Marketry were the right guys to bank on for American Express. The financial giant commissioned them to create interpretations of the three classic credit cards – Green, Gold and Platinum.
The results are a dynamic sculptural interplay of light and shade as the contoured laser cut surfaces replicate the holographic sheen of the actual cards. All this is achieved in multiple layers of poplar ply, brass and acrylic. This is a fantastic example of how to create a sense of depth and visual complexity using 2D laser cutting. Click through to the source for more detail images from the series.
What other clever examples of laser cut light and shade have you seen? Let us know in the comments below.
Future Marketry via Inspire Me
Laser cut bracelets, art, backhoes, squids, and arrows!
Above is a mandala bracelet. It is laser etched and cut into leather and comes from Rock Body Leather. Ponoko‘s own Leather (Vege Tanned) would be perfect for this.
After the jump, art, backhoes, squids, and arrows… (more…)
Laser cut mandalas, horses, ferns, and gems!
Above is a wood mandala necklace. It is intricately laser cut and etched from layers of wood and comes from the always amazing Sugar & Vice. To create this unique design you could use Ponoko‘s many different wood types, laser cut and etched with different radial patterns.
After the jump, horses, ferns, and gems…
Laser cut tables, boxes, crowns, vinyl organization, and a broken heart
Above is coffee table inspired by Minecraft. It is a take on the simple layered topo but adding the 8-bit pixelation for all the gamers out there. It comes from Martin Raynsford and there a complete run down on how to make it Kitronik. The materials that go into the project are MDF, birch plywood, and acrylic and all available from Ponoko.
After the jump, boxes, crowns, vinyl organization, and a broken heart… (more…)
Laser cut possums, cannibals, sweatshirts, and deer
Above is a possum charm to hang on your phone (do people still do that?). It is made of laser cut acrylic that has been inlaid and bonded to a thicker white acrylic backer – all made possible by the precision of laser cutting. This beautiful, graphic critter comes from Poo Kat Dino Crafts.
After the jump, cannibals, sweatshirts, and deer… (more…)
Laser cut lanterns, signs, skulls, and a map!
Above is a laser cut paper street lamp. This work, cleverly transforming flat media like Ponoko’s cardstock into 3 dimensions, is from Paper Faber and looks just as good flat as it does “poped” up. See another look at this street lamp at the end of this post!
After the jump signs, skulls, and a map… (more…)