Friday, 8 January 2010

WEEK 10: Laser cutting

As a group piece we each created a nice vector file of our own to put through the laser cutter in the 3D department on Peckham Road in the hope that we will devise a way to connect them together. Presumably revealing an example of the physical extent of the digital and resembling some kind of network.

Laser cutting is a technology that uses a laser to cut materials, and is typically used for industrial manufacturing applications. Laser cutting works by directing the output of a high power laser, by computer, at the material to be cut. The material then either melts, burns, vaporizes away, or is blown away by a jet of gas,[1] leaving an edge with a high quality surface finish. Industrial laser cutters are used to cut flat-sheet material as well as structural and piping materials.

Laser cutting is fantastic. Here is an image of the file I put through the laser cutter on an A3 sheet of some aptly named laser-jet paper (which is very smooth often white card/paper that is good for printing on.) What we will do with our individual works to make them one is yet to be decided.

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