Peridot News

Laser Cut Topography

We have been experimenting with graphic displays of data in a marvelous 3D format. 72 pcs individually laser cut and numbered in sequence to make assembly easier.

Fresh off the laser cutter

Took a half hour to piece it all together. The tiles were solvent bonded into the base.

Orange edge lit acrylic 72 stations

The tiles are laser cut from 3 MM thick orange tint acrylic mounted into a 6MM laser cut  black acrylic base. I glued a clear acrylic base on the bottom to allow for back lighting which gives a really cool edge lit effect. Here is another view:

Right View


The customer’s perception (much to my chagrin) was that “plastic” was not the preferred medium. So version 2 was  proposed to be laser cut from 304 stainless steel. I bet the customer a six pack of micro brew that they would like the acrylic version better. As soon as I put together the SS version I knew I had lost the bet.

98 station in stainless steel

Looks pretty amazing!

Right View

Individual segments are 1/16 inch thick and the finished product is 7×30 inches.

Topo view
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Next version is likely to be laser cut fine hardwood.