Laser Engraving and Processing

Art through code by Aaron Meyers.

Aaron Meyers made these elaborate works of art with Processing and laser engraving. The intricate patterns were computer generated from equations and instructions Meyers wrote into the code. The patterns were then converted into a suitable format for a laser cutting machine, which produced these amazing examples of laser engraving.

Laser cutting often gets most of the attention with laser engraving taking a back seat or used to supplement the the cutting. It’s refreshing to see someone focus so completely on the capabilities of computer controlled engraving. Be sure to check out Aaron Meyer’s Flickr stream and site.

There are some more images of his wonderful work after the jump.

For those that aren’t familiar with Processing, it’s an open source programming language developed specifically for creative applications. It is yet another wonderful idea to come out of MIT’s Media Lab.

Processing comes up periodically on this blog. There are a couple good examples of how it has been used here and here.

If you want to try out your own engraved patterns, visit our Make site for materials and instructions. Also be sure to read Part 1 and Part 2 of our instructions on How to Engrave.

Via Flickr

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Beautiful, just beautiful. Art like this inspires me to continue to create and expand my own work.

That’s amazing work! Very inspiring!

Jon @

Toby Borland

It appears that the images for these engravings are vector based, or at the very least composed of lines that are rasterised. It has been my experience with an Epilog Helix laser that vector engraving is an order of magnitude faster than raster engraving. What’s the difference between vector engraving and vector cutting? The amount of power output by the laser. Essentially, I increase the speed at which the beam moves and reduce the power (duty cycle).

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