I made a copy of a physical object

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#1

Just wanted to share a quick, simple thing that really drove home how powerful a glowforge can be.

My wife and I were working late on some Halloween costume pieces and she had a pattern for an arm band that a friend had made (not pictured, because it is at said friend’s house). While I was waiting for her to give me something else to do, she said something like “here see what magic you can do with this.” So I did a thing:

  1. I took the pattern (white piece of paper below) and put it on a piece of cardboard. Then used the Glowforge Trace feature to trace it in as a design.
  2. Then I did a test-cut on the same piece of cardboard.
  3. Then I put some leather in and cut it out of leather.
  4. Suddenly I had basically an exact copy of a thing that someone else had made.

Anyway I spent maybe 10-15 minutes on it all-told, and didn’t open illustrator or anything. It really felt like I was using a copy machine.

Right to left: pattern, cardboard test, leather print:

The un-stained finished piece:


#2

Holy smokes!


#3

I should say - it looks a bit rough because I seriously rushed through it. If I would’ve spent any time on it at all I could’ve gotten it cleaner. I was literally standing over an open glowforge doing it.


#4

Sweeeet! :grinning:


#5

Is it an optical illusion or are they getting smaller from right to left?


#6

A popular optical illusion with arcs.

Number 11 on the list here


#7

lol

#areyousmarterthanakindergartener

Apparently, today I am not… :slight_smile:


#8

Great example of the trace innovation - that will figure prominently in my workflow!
Trace really broadens the possible application of the laser.
Thanks for amping me up!


#9

I’m stoked to try it without the hand-tracing step – putting the object itself in the GF! Won’t always be feasible (contrast, complexity, etc.), but would really reinforce the copy machine ease of use.


#10

Yes! It will be fun exploring limits of the ability. I expect more pleasant surprises than disappointments.


#11

@brianfioca so cool!


#12

Really Cool!