Make something on the laser cutter.
The purpose of this project assignment was to design and etch/cut (rastor/vector) something on the laser cutter in the lab.
[Design Process Steps]
DISCOVERY: I needed to design something to etch and cut on the laser cutter.
INTERPRETATION: I should do something for my boyfriend, Stephen, to enjoy since he was a little jealous of the fact that another friend (the broken arm one) got something (a green dino) before he did.
IDEATION: There were a lot of possibilities: a Hack Berry keychain (they looked cool in class), a dinosaur keychain, or even to ignore my original plan and do something for myself – like a copy of my Campus Carrier business card etched on plexiglass as a memento. Finally, I had the idea to make an elephant cut-out with a stress free haiku and turn it into a keychain.
EXPERIMENTATION: I found an outline of an elephant that I liked off of Google Images. However, when I went to find/write a haiku about stress, I had no luck. The entire reason I was making this keychain was to give to my boyfriend – who was very stressed since he had just submitted his Veterinary school applications. I decided that a haiku wasn’t necessary. I looked over his personal statement to try and find a quote, but instead only found gibberish about “All Creatures Great and Small.” I knew I wanted the elephant (his favorite animal) and I knew I wanted wood (it’s pretty) so when the quote “Even The Largest Animals Have Fears,” I knew it was perfect.
EVOLUTION: I printed the elephant with the quote, but I didn’t do it “right” – well, I thought it was wrong. It turned out pretty “right” in the end, though. First, the laser cutter caught 2 parts of the elephant on fire – the trunk and the tail (they were too thin). Secondly, instead of only etching the letters into the wood – somehow I set the laser cutter to etch everything BUT the letters (leading to a raised-up effect). At first, I thought this was a bad thing, but really, it looked awesome. Finally, the elephant that I managed to print was “huge” in comparison to what it should have been for a keychain. The elephant, due to its size, now remains in a photo frame.
Pictures of Project 4 – Quoted Elephant: