Laser Cut Halftones

So, I’ve spent a lot of time on this project, which I started in February. I’ll make this post a short one, however. I wrote a processing program that converts images into .svg files suitable for our hackspace laser cutter, using various halftoning methods to render the image.

Here’s an example – The donor image for this cut is reproduced by kind permission of photographer & artist Tara Tulenchik – you should check out her work here and here.

Laser cut high contrast portrait, just after cutting

Laser cut high contrast portrait, just after cutting

 

Laser cut high contrast portrait, projecting an image

Laser cut high contrast portrait, projecting an image

The above and below images were taken by Jack Lewis, a talented photographer friend of mine.

And one of the joker, rendered in hexagons

And one of the joker, rendered in hexagons

Below are some examples of the program in use – I’ve used Processing with the controlP5 library to put this together. You can load an input image and then select various rendering options.

HEXCIR HEXPOL SQUCIR SQUPOL TRICIR TRIPOL

If you want the Processing sketch, get in touch – I’ll put it up on Github if you find it easy enough to use.

I’ve also used this method to try and create coffee & spray paint stencils:

laser cut half tone coffee stencil

laser cut half tone coffee stencil

Although, I’ll admit, results are mixed at this point, as they rely mostly on your ability to perfectly distribute spray paint/chocolate powder – shouldn’t be a problem for pro graffers/baristas.

I’ll be starting a shop on etsy to sell these as personalised portraits (hopefully), but if you’re already interested and want to commission an image/stencil/flyer/etc., get in touch.

Since starting, I’ve found other people are working on this type of thing – you can already find an existing (and more powerful) program here: http://www.students.tut.fi/~syvajar3/ under “DXF Halftone 2.1”. This program has many things I haven’t had time to implement, such as arbitrary grid rotation and line halftones. Of course, it should also be possible to produce these in photoshop individually, or repeatedly using scripts.

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About chrisballprojects

I fill my spare time playing and recording music, and building things to amuse myself.
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One Response to Laser Cut Halftones

  1. LeoAzenha says:

    Very interesting, I really like to see your sketch. 👍

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