# vinyl & laser cutting ## vinyl Stickers! i made a bunch of band merch plus a logo flip of yamato transport's mama cat carrying its kitten. ![vinyleverything](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.18/Harvard/people/victoria/images/week_01/vinyleverything.jpg "Vinyl All") the original yamato transport logo ![yamato](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.18/Harvard/people/victoria/images/week_01/yamato.png) my out-of-this-world version. ![vinylaliens](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.18/Harvard/people/victoria/images/week_01/logoflip.jpg "Vinyl Aliens") ## characterizing a laser cutter the group measured the width of several cuts in the cardboard made with the harvard sc102 laser cutter and compared them to the widths that were set in the dxf files. we divided the difference by 2 and averaged the results to determine the kerf of the laser. we also determined notches of the width 3.6mm are ideal for snapping together our cardboard of 4.0mm thickness. ![kerf](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.18/Harvard/people/victoria/images/week_01/kerf.jpg "Vinyl All") ## cardboard kit(s) first i experimented with making a very basic hexagonal shape to snap things together. ![kit](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.18/Harvard/people/victoria/images/week_01/kitincutter.jpg "Vinyl All") then i tried to get a little bit more ambitious by designing a kit based on this origami unit fold that can be used to build cubes and geometric shapes modularly. ![failuremodel](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.18/Harvard/people/victoria/images/week_01/failuremodel.jpg "Vinyl All") However the thickness of the cardboard proved to be a big challenge when it came to folding and interlocking. ![failurepile](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.18/Harvard/people/victoria/images/week_01/failurepile.jpg "Vinyl All") i opted to go simpler again and traced the outline for a single monkey and cut enough to fill a barrel o' them. ![barrel of monkeys](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.18/Harvard/people/victoria/images/week_01/monkeybarrelof.jpg "Vinyl All") ![monkeyhang](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.18/Harvard/people/victoria/images/week_01/monkeyhang.jpg "Vinyl All") ![monkeyswirl](http://fab.cba.mit.edu/classes/863.18/Harvard/people/victoria/images/week_01/monkeyswirl.jpg "Vinyl All")