Introduction: How to Create a Thumbprint Tree on a Laser Cutter

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I was asked if I could make a thumbprint tree for a friend's wedding. Instead of doing the traditional thumbprint tree guestbook, I decided to make one out of oak using a laser cutter to etch the design of the tree and cut ou the oval shape.

- 5 MM Oak
- Laser Cutter
- Ink Pads 

- Adobe Illustrator
- Photoshop

Step 1: Open Your Tree File in Photoshop

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Open it in Photoshop. Make sure the image is in black and white. Save. 

Step 2: Open File in Adobe Illustrator

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In this step you will be creating your cutlines as well as changing the size of the tree. 

Step 3: Cut It Out

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Cut it out using a laser cutter. 

Yes I am aware that not everyone has access to a $25,000 laser cutter. 
Thats why you should definitely consider getting a membership at TechShop.

I made this at TechShop. 

Step 4: Remember That Day Forever

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Have each guest dab their thumb into the ink. 
Sign it and by the end of the wedding there is a beautiful and colourful tree! 

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TheLacedAngel_TSMP (author)2013-05-25

Nice job! I did a similar thumbprint tree for my brother's wedding, only I etched the design into a mirror with the laser (on the back, reversed, so that it etched through the silvering and into the glass without the reflection destroying the laser).

Mindmapper1 (author)2013-05-24

this is a really lovely idea thank you for the inspiration.

Dominic Bender (author)2013-05-21

Thanks for sharing, it's a beautiful idea. I never knew about thumbnail-"items" prior to reading this, and only the last picture really gave it away.

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