I just received an email from Anthony King, technician for the UofM Art Department’s laser cutter. He runs a laser cutting blog LASER CUTTER that has some great technical information and project profiles. Check out this post showing how the laser reacts to a number of different materials.
I want to highlight some great student work being done on the laser cutter at the UofM. Connor Murphy made use of the living hinge technique in an incredibly unique way to produce an all wooden glasses case. I am blown away by how beautiful and unique this piece is. [...]
I wanted to deviate slightly from writing only about lasers and mention the thesis project of incredibly talented UofM graduate student Jenny Parker. She has been working on a virtual interactive museum exhibition that focuses on the connection people develop to objects. From her website: “Objects are used for decoration, [...]
Lace circles, doilies, fancy bursts, psychedelic circles – I am not sure what to call these things but they are my favorite shapes to cut on the laser because they look more complicated to create than they actually are. You can make a similar shape in about 60 seconds by [...]
I have been using the Bazzill Basic paper, available at the UofM Student Union, for a lot of work lately. It is slightly less expensive then the colored Canson paper but still has a nice rich color to it and a lot of options. The best setting I have found [...]
One of the drawbacks of using a laser cutter is having the back of your material singed and burned (like the piece of paper in the above image). There is no way to prevent this completely, but there are a number of steps you can take to reduce the appearance [...]
You can save time, and money, by working cleanly in Illustrator and by using as few vector points (anchor points) as possible to define the edges of a shape. Why Do the Number of Vector Points Matter? To understand why having less anchor points speeds up work on a [...]
This blog will be an introduction to the laser cutter for graphic designers. I will be posting tutorials, tips & tricks, material reviews and links to inspirational laser cut graphic design projects. Check back for more updates soon.