Acrylic portfolios are created in The Spark: Academic Innovation Hub this week for AMDT.
Each sheet of acrylic is from a 12in x 12in sheet, cut down to 9.5in x 12in.
Two types of images and/or shapes can be used to cut or engrave the acrylic.
- Raster: This is used to engrave the letters. This does not cut through the material but only to score the top layers of the acrylic.
- Vector: These paths can be used to completely cut out shapes of the material.
Students are asked by the Instructor, Patrick Brown-Hayes, to design the portfolio cover from a template in Adobe Illustrator. Once completed, students bring the design to The Spark: Academic Innovation Hub for manufacturing.
Students can select from a variety of colors of acrylic, such as, amber, red, yellow, blue, clear, and bronze. Each color would have a different result from the effect of the laser. In addition, different power levels and speed of the laser would also change the outcome of the engraving on the material surface.
- Software Used: Adobe Illustrator
- Hardware Used: Full Spectrum Laser 24×16+
- Approx. Time to Finish Product: 15 min.
- Student Project Count: 50+
For any questions, please contact Chris Lavoie at 509-335-9373, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at The Spark: 117.