The Gardeners

Gardener 1

Corporate award honoring those who clean up other people's messes. Made from 1/8 inch Baltic-Birch plywood. Designed using vector graphics, previewed in 3D, and laser-cut in layers which were then glued together.

I had about 8 hours total to make this before the deadline. Most time-consuming part was sanding all the layers to remove laser burn. Despite using an adhesive cover to protect the wood, some areas still got smoke coloration. Off-cuts were used to stabilize fine details while sanding. Outside edge was flush-sanded and stained to match the interior.

I would like to experiment with making this out of a translucent plastic and back-lighting it to create the typical shadow-box effect, but in a more rigid and stable format than paper.

Gardener 2

Second award for the same purpose. Here I tried to re-use the layer aesthetic and incorporate lights. I had about a week of nights to complete this from concept to video.

The design was done in vector graphics and laser cut out of card stock. The layers were spaced apart using foam-board attached with CA glue. Holes were cut in the back to allow light through specific sections.

A loop of WS2812B LEDs provide side illumination. These were adhered to an aluminum frame for thermal distribution. The LEDs were controlled from an arudino nano using the fastLED library. User input is provided through an encoder/button combo on the side of the enclosure.

The enclosure was made from 1/4" and 1/2" Baltic Birch plywood. The front frame was laser cut, and the sides mitered and glued on. The back is 1/16" aluminum.

I would like to experiment with different back lighting configurations. The ege illumination works well for gradients but not much else, and still shows a darker core in the center of the artwork. Using a more uniform grid layout may provide better light localization and uniformity. There's also a lot more room to experiment with animations. I really wanted to program in a thunderstorm.

Sketches
Laser Cutting
Laser Cutting
Support Strips
Support Strips
Housing
Housing
Positioning LED strip
Testing LEDs
Testing LEDs
Finished, On
Finished, Off