For the first week we learned how to create 2D illustrations on Adobe Illustrator. We were to fabricate the 2D designs using the laser cutter, vinyl cutter, and embroidery machines. I chose to work with the laser cutter and embroidery machines to create memorabilia for someone special. Exporting my illustration to an svg file, I followed the steps we learned in class to utilize each of these machines.
- Laser Cutter
For the laser cutter, I was able to get the help of Jing Yi, who told me that in order to get the desired effects of my illustration, I should group each part of my illustration into layers. This was to make sure that the areas I want engraved and the areas I want to leave untouched can be separated. I outlined my hexagon with the stroke 0.1 to cut out the shape and made the areas I wanted etched out red so the machine could recognize them. Overall, I was satisfied with the result even though the grooves weren’t deep enough to be used as a stamp.
2. Embroidery Machine
For the embroidery machine, I had more difficulty because of the way my design was structured. I didn’t group the shapes and convert them to lines so the machine just assumed I wanted the shapes to overlap. The end result was the stitches getting caught together and somehow the bottom stitches came up. Next time, I would definitely make sure that my shapes are nicely grouped together and merged so that the machine can properly outline the stitches.