It's a wooden clock with lots of concentric circles that mimic ripples in a pond. Cut with a frickin' laser beam. I wanted something that was abstract and yet still had the basic functionality of a clock. It's a little bit of work with Illustrator and a bit of time on the ol' laser cutter.

Step 1: Designinating

This clock was designed in Illustrator with lots of circles. The process for this is pretty straightforward if you've used Illustrator or other vector-based programs before. It pretty much goes like this:
  1. Make lots of circles
  2. Move them around until you're happy with the look
  3. Use pathfinder to break everything up into individual pieces
  4. Delete what you don't need
  5. Use pathfinder again to combine everything that's left
The results you want are two files. One for the top layer of the clock with the design and another that's just two circles for the bottom layer.

The image here shows the progression of the design. Each row has the same vectors, but with different strokes and fills.
<p>Great design! <br></p><p>Also on how to do marquetry with a laser using ImagePaint software by Amazon Canvas (www.amazoncanvas.com)</p>
<p>This is great work! Love your design.</p>
<p>nice work</p>
1) That is an awesome design! <br> <br>2) It's sad more viewers haven't seen this. <br> <br>3) It's sadder that I don't have a fricken laser machine. But I do have a CNC machine, so I'm stealing this idea and porting it into a &quot;multi-layer&quot; design based off this [cnc without going into super small bits will never be able to get those nooks and crannies you can achieve with that laser machine!] <br> <br>4) props again. Wicked cool!
That's one cool <strike>nipple</strike> ripple clock!<br> <br><br> <br>;D
+1 (pre-edit) <br> <br>but, yeah... +1, cool clock, kept simple... love it.
Love it. Perfect simple design for a laser cut clock.

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Bio: I like to make things for the internets. I also sell a pretty cool calendar at supamoto.co. You'll like it.
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