Japanese Wooden Molds


#1

These are gorgeous examples of making objects with negative space. Another great use of GF’s Z-axis functions. They’re Japanese candy molds.

https://www.behance.net/gallery/-/11749377



#2

Man, I am assuming those were carved by hand… Amazing craftsmanship! These look pretty deep (although there is nothing for scale in the images) so I wonder if the laser could carve them out (also not knowing how big these are but assuming the one with a handle is a normal sized handle) this would take a LONG time for a laser to carve compared to a CNC mill… But the patters are spectacular, and really liked that overlapping leaf pattern in the second one.


#3

I especially like the pegged removable extensions. I can only imagine that they allow for undercuts that can still be bumped free of the mold.


#4

Leave it to the Japanese to not only perfect something, but make it pretty as heck. Their wood joinery techniques make me cry a little.


#5

Not a laser expert here, but the beam does not act like carving/milling machine bit where the ‘tip’ can be precisely guided to carve in the Z axis. More of ‘cutter’ then a true ‘carver’.

Would be very cool of it did, though…


#6

You can always stack material for depth with the bottom layer having the detail. I’d been thinking about it in acrylic for chocolate molds as I could decide what the design was and could laser polish them, but then I did the math - I’ll keep hand dipping. If I was in the candy business on the other hand…

I’ve never seen wooden molds before. Plastic obviously and old metal ones.


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#7

I agree


#8

This is a ‘confirmed’ feature of glowforge - check out the Settlers of Cataaan board on the sample page.


#9

I was thinking the same thing…