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Make a physical Escher print by cutting different parts of a tessellation in different materials.
Get a digital copy of your favorite tessellation either by scanning a paper copy of searching the web. I chose reptiles.
Convert the image to a vector format. I converted the jpeg to a tiff and then used Adobe Streamline to convert it from a raster image to a dxf. Th...
Streamline generated too many points, but could not be trusted make good vector files at lower point densities. Knowing that 8 billion points at ever...
This is the hard part. Customize your CAD so that it works with your materials and your tools. I wanted the first layer cut out of aluminum by an ab...
I cut the first layer out of 1/8 thick aluminum. The abrasive jet's computer could only handle half of the file at once, so I had to cut it in half.
Cut the second and third layers from acrylic.I chose 1/8 thick acrylic and cut with the protective paper still on. While this prevents burn marks on ...
Assemble the layers together with nuts and bolts. Seperate the layers by approximately 0.5 using stand-offs or multiple nuts.
The light and shadows that come through the print are gorgeous.
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Posted:Sep 15, 2005
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