Work & Activities

The World Box

Season’s Greetings! I’d like to share my most recent work with the laser. I designed a stereoscopic 3-D viewing box to be the basis for a sculpture. I wanted it to be reminiscent of console TVs from the 50s, free standing on little legs, while also displaying markings indicative of laser cutting, as a way […]

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!!CAUTION!! (labels)

As the new building approaches completion, we are preparing the machines for general use. The other techs and I have been drafting safety procedures and operator manuals. As I worked on this I realized it would be helpful to have some bright labels to identify key components of the DC4. Now that we have shiny […]

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Making short work

Hello! I’ve been shipping a lot of small fragile items in padded envelopes lately, and I’m worried about them breaking in the mail. I wanted to add a cardboard backing to the inside of each envelope in the shape of an arrow, to add support. This would usually take a good amount of time, I’d […]

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Super DE luxe

We recently received a super deluxe accessory pack for the Black Cat Cougar. Included are a number of new tools that greatly expand the capabilities of this machine. New blades allow us to cut a wider range of materials including fabric. Also included are tools for punching, embossing and engraving. Expect more postings as we […]

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Origins of a Trend

Today I was practicing screen printing white on dark colors. It’s one of those things you just can’t do when you’re printing from a computer printer. It got me thinking about the nature of trends, and how often times what we think happens due to popularity really has its origins in functionality. What’s very on-trend […]

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Screen Printing 101

Some people are able to learn new skills from books and videos and instructors. Maybe I just have focus issues, but I learn best by doing things wrong. Then I can go back to the instructional materials and it all clicks into place. Thus our first lessons in screen printing produced in many messes and […]

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Matt makes a “dice box”

Hello all, Yesterday I met up with Matt LeClair at the IMRC to cut out a template for a “dice box.” The template was made by altering plans found online to work with our laser cutter and the materials Matt wanted to use. He chose a nice piece of quarter inch maple plywood, which the […]

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Movie Props

I’ve been working with my fellow students to help them produce props for a short film. Yannick came to me in need of plastic badges and a rickety wooden sign. We didn’t have a lot of time, so the laser cutter was the perfect tool for the job. Cutting a pattern out of plastic for […]

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Letters For a Film

This week Yannick needed some vinyl lettering for a video project titled “Code.” The piece is being produced by the professional filmmaking class IMD 520. We made this lettering using the cutting functions of the DC4. Notice that the letters are backwards; this is so that they can be applied on the inside of a […]

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