As ridiculous as this sounds, and possibly is, at the beginning of the semester, I hadn’t yet ventured to the expensive, intimidating lasercutter at RMIT. It was DEFINITELY time I faced my demons….
Step 1: addressing you have a problem if you’re scared of the lasercutter
Step 2: addressing the problem with help from Fab Fab
The story starts…I began by familiarizing myself with the program known as Rhinoceros (however, it didn’t sound like a program I was going to succeed in battle against). I had used Rhino a small amount last year but Fab Fab was exposing me to things I would never have discovered flying solo. Points on, points off, pull the pipe here, push it there.
There was method in my madness. My idea was to create, more or less, a symmetrical pipe that could one day double as a lamp perhaps (with the light bulb inside. Thus, experimenting with the pipe shape saw some forms arise that did in some ways (I thought) resemble a lamp.
Now to load the script, arrange the horizontal and vertical ribs within a 900 x 600 rectangle (the size of the laser cutting bed), save my work and import it into Illustrator, change the line weight, put the text on a separate layer to etch and we’re ready to go.