It is such a versatile tool that there is almost nothing better for prototyping than laser cutting. Ability to cut plastic, wood, metal, fabric, paper and many other material it makes itself one of the most useful tools for prototyping. We played with some plastic to make prototype for a glasses company.
This was an interesting project where we combined both laser cutting and bending acrylic.
Recently, WE LASERS has been given a task to design and complete a few interior spots for Columbus Idea Foundry - the largest co-working space in The Midwest. We've decided to start with the most exciting spot - a phone booth. A space where you can escape into a completely environment different. The Idea for the themed design popped up almost immediately. We started thinking what was the most prominent and versatile way to pass information in the industrial era or even mow. What boosted communication between people and continents and made technological progress almost inevitable. Morse Code ladies and gentlemen. Here's some sketches and tests we laser cut for this exciting project.
In this project we were to laser cut regular 12X12 in 4 mm corrugated cardboard boxes into irregular ones. Our client-artist was inspired by chalk marks measuring time. Another proof of versatility of lasers and laser cutting technology.
Søren Jensen, Danish consulting engineering company, definitely can do all three. But "THINK" is probably the most important contributor in this project. You can see how "THINK", being taken for the basis, can change your living environment. Is it a sculpture? Is it a new method? Perhaps, both. Laser cut out of recycled polypropylene sheets PolyShell "is the result of a research question which investigates how ultra-thin sheet materials of almost negligible inherent stiffness can be re-formed into structures capable of enclosing large volumes", authors say.
This was one of those projects where we helped our client to design her project. First, we had to make 3D file for a Canon camera with all the details and buttons and windows using an Autodesk software and our designing muscles. Then using the same program sliced the final shape into a set of layers for laser cutting. Autodesk allows you to play with many options, including type and direction of slicing, number of layers and thickness of the material. Simply playing with those few options you can get quite a different result. We went for a simple vertical stack slicing and 4mm corrugated cardboard for this project. All we had to do after is to laser cut it. The result you can see on the picture.