Laser cutting, sew what?

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #183

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Above is a laser cut acrylic sewing machine brooch from Girl on The Rocks.

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Laser cut from behind

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #182

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Above is a laser cut plywood cake topper from My Madeline Trait.

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Laser cut artworks inspired by nature

Leaves, MC Escher’s Rippled Surface and some sci-fi just for fun

Using a laser cutter to add physical presence to 2D artworks can be really effective, as these recent explorations from Maxime Beauchemin show. Having kicked things off with a rather elegant laser etched ATAT walker, he then moved on to more everyday ephemeral visions.

Pictured above is an acrylic replication of MC Escher’s iconic Rippled Surface print, where Maxime faithfully recreates the layered illusion of water surface, reflected trees and rippled distortion.

Turning to laser cut wood for another project, the delicate structure of a decaying leaf skeleton is revealed.   (more…)

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Laser cut light

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #178

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Above is a laser cut MDF lamp from Baraboda.

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StippleGen experiments on a DIY laser cutter

Going dotty over laser cutting

When Jens Clarholm built his impressive DIY laser cutter, he was well aware of the limitations imposed by the low powered laser. While it may not cut through wood or steel, it does do a very neat job of cutting paper.

One great way he has explored this is by having a play with StippleGen2, a nifty program from Evil Mad Scientists. The program uses a special algorithm to convert an image into tiny dots. There are a number of ways to manipulate how it does this, as the calculations are repeated over and over again and the final graphic is refined. StippleGen2 is easy to use and a lot of fun.

For this experiment, Jens chose an iconic image of Louis Armstrong playing the trumpet.

After letting StippleGen2 crunch the numbers for a while I imported the resulting vector graphic file into inkscape and generated the G-code so that I could use my laser cutter to cut the image into black paper.

The cutting process took a little over 2 hours, which isn’t too bad when you consider that there are over 1000 holes in this particular image.

There is a lot more that StippleGen2 can do, so if you are intrigued by Jens’ experiment you can have a go with StippleGen2 yourself or learn more about Jens’ DIY laser cutter here.

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Positive (and negative) laser cutting

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #176

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Above is a laser cut Baltic birch plywood clock from Sarah Mimo Clocks.

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Laser cutting is in the bag

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #175

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Above is a laser cut wood clutch from Amy Davidson Bags.

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Laser cut play

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #173

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Laser cut Garland doll house from Wood Victorian Dollhouse.

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Laser cut creatures

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #170

Above is a laser cut wood deer and mountain scene from Seek ‘n’ Find Comfort.

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A strange laser cut symmetry

The Laser Cutter Roundup — a weekly dose of laser-cut love: #169

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Above is a laser cut veneer and plastic butterfly brooch from Plastic Smith.

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