In preparation for my materials arriving next week on illustrator ive drawn up the sizes of the material ready for the piece to be laser cut after being tested on thin card which is the recommended process when using materials from uni stock or ordered yourself due to the possible waste of material. On Friday I used the same measurements used on the marquette piece shapes on Illustrator to make the test pieces by machine.
Sketching up line segment of top part of light
group the four sides together to create a fixed shape to manipulate and duplicate
duplicating and manipulating the shape and angle of the pieces
all the pieces connected together ready to laser cut and reshape to 3d model
deleting inner lines to get one solid cut out piece
lineout piece of lower piece of lamp
inputting the correct details for laser cutting
One problem that did come across but may need to be tested again when more time is available is the bottom part of the lamp is five sections of rectangular shapes as one piece to make the base much like the top piece except that is triangular with a cut top for the obvious design reasons, given this problem my best bet is to test the laser cutter with card for the shape again and possibly shorten both the top and bottom piece so that they fit together on the piece perfectly. In the meantime I need to make a 72 degree angle in wood to prop my material against to get the right shape for the piece if the size of the piece has to be adjusted this may alter the size of the angle which is something I will have to get advice from a technician as ive not got much knowledge in this area. Hopefully whichever case maybe it will not cause that much of a problem.