MULTIPLES WITH MEANING - CAPYBARA
For this project, I chose to experiment with 123D Make, blending 3D modeling and laser cutting typical Brazilian animals. On a first stage, I went with the capybara, the largest rodent of the world and very common in my town. Close relatives are guinea pigs and rock cavies, and it is more distantly related to the agouti, chinchillas, and the coypu. They live near bodies of water, they are a highly social species and can be found in groups as large as 100 individuals, but usually lives in groups of 10–20 individuals.
The capybara is not a threatened species and is hunted for its meat and hide and also for a grease from its thick fatty skin which is used in the pharmaceutical trade.
I found a model of a capybara online and opened on 123D Make.
Then I segmented it and organized the slices in a way to avoid errors.
I had to simplify the amount of points on illustrator because they would cause the laser to stay too long on one area and risk burning the wood.
I had big issues with the fact that the wood I bought was a bit bent. I ended up taping it down and running the cuts more times (yet at a faster speed) to make sure they went through without burning the surface too much. However, it took me a good amount of attempts to figure this out.