Posts Tagged ‘laser’
Finally framed the laser etched ITP floor plan on reclaimed ITP floorboards. Malkovich Malkovich.
Great news, a stop motion short I worked on, The Myth of Pyramis, will be screened at this year’s LES Film Festival March 10th at Grand Opening (139 Norfolk Street). We’re part of the Animation Showcase. Unfortunately, the show is already sold out.
I worked on the short with Phil Groman and Mick Hondlik. It’s our simplified take on the Myth of Sisyphus. The Pyramis character was created on the laser cutter out of cardboard and two push pin eyes. If you have access to a laser cutter you can make your own with this file.
We’ve been hard at work putting a bunch of little Pyramis together for the big event.
As an experiment I cut a bunch of “combs” out of 1/4″ plywood on the laser cutter. I then glued up the combs to form a (somewhat) solid mass. After it dried I trimmed off the edges and then turned it on the lathe.
I was pretty happy with the results. Got some interesting curves and patterns that I didn’t expect. Next phase: go bigger, less voids.
The laser burns the wood when it cuts it, and I was worried that it would be difficult to sand away the blackened edges. But I was pleasantly surprised how easily it came off.
I only worked on the inside cuts, easier to sand now before I glue the three piece sandwich together.
Next step: glue up and sand outer edges
The Laser Party was fantastic. The ladies of Design Glut and the fine folks at Length Width Height (a fabrication lab in the “incubation” center at NY Designs) hosted a great event. Met some great people and saw some very interesting designs.
They have a 51″ x 51″ laser cutter, the biggest I’ve ever seen. The thing opens up like a DeLorean and when the roof deck door is open, you can see the Empire State Building (my streak of using tools with some killer views continues). She’s a real beauty.
After a little trouble with my CAD file (I was the only one to give them a bum file, awesome), we cut a Monster Mirror. It turned out great. I still need to glue it up, sand it, and finish it, but this beats cutting them out by hand.
The other designs were incredible, check them out here. If you are in the NYC area and in need of a 51″ laser cutter, I know a guy.
And FYI, laser cut food does not taste good.
They’ve asked a group of designers to come hang out and have a night of free laser cutting and etching. It’s pretty much a party from the future.
I’ve re-worked the Monster Mirror design, so it can be cut with the laser. I’m excited to see how it turns out.