This is my first post. Not the first thing I’ve made on the Glowforge, but something I was pretty proud of so I thought I’d share and see if it sparks some inspiration in others as so many of your posts have done for me.
I teach math, and I have two colleagues who are retiring this year, so I wanted to give them something as a retirement gift. I had seen the spiral cut bowls, and thought that could work well. I didn’t want to leave it plain, so I decided to add something that made it more mathy. I put the first 12,760 digits of pi going in the spiral from the outside to the center. None of the online templates for the spiral bowls were consistent in size of rings though, so I ended up making it from scratch in Illustrator. Cut it out of birch plywood, used the maple plywood settings.
After I was done with that, I decided that was simple and straightforward. I wanted to try something a bit more organic. Had to come up with a totally different technique, but some more fiddling in Illustrator and practice cuts out of draftboard and Han and Leia are the results. I had a blast creating these, and love that I have such a great and easy-to-use tool like the Glowforge to bring those ideas to life.