For this project I wanted to explore digital touch in relationship to natural organisms. I began my drawing for this laser-cut project by inserting photos into Rhino using the PictureFrame command. I alternated between Polygon and Control Point Curve commands.
It became very clear to be me how much time this process was going to take, so I opted to open the images in Photoshop, use a channel mixing layer to convert into silhouettes, move to Illustrator and use the Image Trace + Expand function. I then removed the fill color, changed the line weight to .001 and printed the vector through the laser cutter. My material was Mylar and my settings were
After printing I covered the mylar in mirror spray paint.
In a second test I took a photograph of a rock wall, inserted into Rhino using the PictureFrame command, and traced the sections I wanted to cut out.
I then used the Split command to separate the largest section of the photo I wanted to cut from the rest.
I exported the jpg using the Print command and realigned the jpg with the vectors in Illustrator. I first rastered the jpg into the surface using the settings
Then cut the vectors using the settings
After This initial test (and a few others I didn't describe) I decided I wanted to take the project in a different direction. I used a Skanect 3D scanner to record part of a tree trunk. I used the Skanect software to reconstruct, crop, and fill holes on the resulting mesh.
I imported the mesh into Rhino in order to generate slices.
Once in Rhino I used a Grasshopper script to generate the layers for laser cutting 1/8" cardboard, including registration holes for 1/2" dowels.
Next, on by one I grouped each layer with its corresponding registration holes by switching into my Front viewport. This allowed me to then drag each layer onto sheets representing each layer of cardboard.
I cut the vectors of each 24"x40" sheet at settings of
I numbered each piece as it came out of the laser cutter to keep them in order, then assembled with dowels and a small amount of hot glue on each sheet.