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computer-controlled cutting

an old friend

i've played around with acrylic on the lasercutter before, so i was excited to make this assembly kit with a different material (~3.8mm thick cardboard). while designing the assembly kit, i wanted to begin visualizing what the final project structure would look like. interesting geometric shapes stuck out in my mind as a good place to begin when visualizing a network of nodes, therefore this icosahedron lamp shade was born.

d20 lamp shade

d20 lamp shade: modeling in fusion360

i'm relatively new to Fusion360, so this was an experience. in the spirit of diving head first into learning how to use the platform, i decided to *try* to render the basic shapes and animate the structure.

even though i started in Fusion360, i got frustrated by the awkward use of tooling and constantly having to google my every move on the platform, so i went to Adobe Illustrator and then CorelDraw for laying out the assembly pieces...

d20 piece d20 lamp shade slice d20 coreldraw

time to cut!

settings used on the GCC Laser Pro: speed=2.5 | power=100% | PPI=200...

d20 d20

not to self: tiny circles require slower speeds to fully laser cut through the cardboard....



new friend

being my first time on the vinyl cutter, i was excited to try all the things (ie circuit design for flexible stickers), but decided to start small, so i began where most good images live: the internet

below is a simple jpeg file that i imported into Adobe Illustrator

totoro original

...where i removed all the gradient colored bits, since that would be of no use to the vinylcutter. i also made the file an .ai file by using the image logo trace tool in AI, which vectorizes the image

i uploaded the .ai file into CorelDraw, settings used on the Roland CAMM-1 GS-24: cutting speed=20cm/s | force=80gf...and voilá! totoro decals are born.

totoro vinyl

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