The Big Think

November 15, 2015

Circuit Patterns

Filed under: The R2 Project — jasony @ 11:19 pm

Erin wants to stage an intervention.

I’m going to take R2’s frame to the anodizer this week (I need to write up a whole post on that with pics, actually). After it’s anodized I wanted to laser etch a cool circuitry pattern into the black anodization layer. After some extensive checking around online for cool scalable vector circuit patterns, the best I could come up with was this:


Unfortunately, when you blow it up to the 18×18″ diameter of R2’s main rings you get this:

Screen shot 2015-11-15 at 11.15.09 PM.jpg

Way too fuzzy and indistinct for a good quality etch, especially considering the amount of time and work I’m putting into the frame.

So I’ve decided that I need to zoom way into that top picture in Illustrator and recreate it by hand on a separate layer. Only then can I get a really great scalable jpg. Erin couldn’t believe that I was going to do it (hence the intervention comment). Fortunately, though, it’s not all that bad. the pattern above is a 9×9 tiled image. So if I isolate the center 1/9th section and recreate it I can easily tile it. It should only take a week or so working about 30 minutes per day. No problem.

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