Thanks @evermorian! The first thing we found is that, while its pretty cool and bendy toward the felt backer, it doesn’t do what Tessler+Mendelovitch’s product does. They’ve CNCd a bevel into all the triangle edges so the material bends equally in both directions. I’m afraid the laser just doesn’t do that so the 1/8" material runs into itself across the distance of a single kerf. (3D engrave aside as that seems like a horribly inefficient use of a laser). The next experiment will be either cutting a pattern into veneer or with a second cut line to space the triangles apart.
It’s a good thought but in the current iteration I don’t think so. The bevel on 1/8” cut material is so slight it’s almost negligible.
From their photos and videos I’d guess the large scale T+M woodskin bevel is around 30 degrees. At small scale I suspect going to veneer thickness would yield bendier results.