Laser Cut MBTA Map
Though rather inefficient, I painstakingly designed a vector layout of Bostons MBTA subway system in Autodesk Inventor and then used this to laser etch this design into a plywood panel.
This concept was for my Rapid Prototyping course, where we were asked to come up with something novel that could be created with one of the rapid prototyping machines. The first prototype used a fused deposition modeling machine but the anisotropic properties became apparent immediately. For the subsequent tests, we used the Stereolithography method to create the final prototype. I collaborated with three other students on this project and we went through three iterations of the design.
Custom Laser Cut Flip Flop Treads
I thought it would be cool to literally leave your mark everywhere you stepped, so I took a stab at creating custom flip flop treads using the laser cutter at work. The results of the first attempt were mixed; I didn’t realize how much the existing pattern in the flip flop would obscure the clarity of the stamp imprint. I had just about chalked it up as a failure until I noticed that I had inadvertently been leaving prints in all the black carpets around the office and realized that the white powder created in all the areas that had been cut by the laser actually made pretty decent stamps on the carpeting.