I thought, hmm, what to do with these label halves? Then it came to me, I could fold them in half and cut monsters, aliens, skulls, robots and any number of fascinating critters from them. So I got to it.
This Instructable will show you my process of hand cutting, as well as the method I use to convert the critters into digital vector files for use at San Jose TechShop on any of their CNC machines; be it Epiolog 60W Laser Cutters, ShopBots, CNC Embroidery Machines, Tormach, FlowJet, or Long Arm Quilter.
Step 1: Materials and tool required
- Reclaimed thermal label from FedEx Office
- The scissors on a Swiss Army Knife
- Hands with fingers and opposable thumbs...It would be really really hard to do this with your feet, not impossible mind you, but darned difficult
To convert into vectors for use on CNC equipment, I use:
- A Canon 5051 to scan to PDF, but any scanner will do
- A piece of black vinyl to put behind the critter during scanning
- Adobe Photoshop CS3-6 Depending on where I do the image manipulation
- Adobe Illustrator CS3-6, again depending on whether I clean up the image at home, work or TechShop.
- A flash drive to store all my original scans, basic vector files and cleaned up or manipulated files.