There was a recent, spirited discussion on the boards about interesting things to engrave via the new laser cutter (kindly loaned to us by one of our newest members, Jason). Links were posted and one caught my eye.
After several failed attempts to get a normal, boring periodic table to cut with the laser, I figured I’d have to do some formatting, file conversion, and most likely make a blood sacrifice under the full moon to get Corel Draw to play nice with Illustrator. As it happened, I found that Corel doesn’t seem to like most of the formats I throw at it (SVG, DXF, AI, PNG, etc). Don’t get me wrong, it’s a good program, it just doesn’t like me or anything I make.
Bottom line: I decided that if I was going to have to remake the periodic table in vector format, being picky about details and how things were saved and all that, I was going to make it my way. I’m a bit old-school about some things, and I quite like the Victorian scrollwork styles that you see on old manuscripts. Thus was born The Old-New Periodic Table. It’s accurate (I had to add elements 112-118 to the sample file I was using) and it looks damned impressive.
This was the test version. I fully expect to create another one on a nice piece of oak sometime soon, perhaps with a frame cut by the CNC Router.
-This was done on wall-board (or some variant thereof). The laser didn’t so much etch the piece; it pretty much just carbonized the top layer. As such, it smears and will continue to smear until I seal it.
-The total time to etch/carbonize this was about 1 hour and 50 minutes.
-Settings were: 100% power, 75% speed, and 500 ppi.
-For some reason, it wouldn’t print until Kevin deleted my picture and input some sample text. After he hit “print”, it started printing my picture. No, I have no idea what happened.
-The original SVG (Illustrator file) I found on Brian D’Allesandro’s Blog.
Hopefully I’ll be able to experiment a bit more with this wonderful tool and see what comes of it. I already want to take one of the posters that I made for the Makerspace and see about etching most of it onto a nice 1/8″ piece of plywood. Hey, Milwaukee Makerspace custom coasters might not be far behind….
Gang. From time to time Quad Graphics auctions off some of their tools, equipment and stuff. Some of their stuff is clearly big ticket while some of it is not. Check it out. You might like or need what they have.
Any chance you can post the final Corel file?
This was actually a very large PNG that I imported into Corel. It didn’t like my SVG, so I made the best of it. I originally made it in Illustrator.
I’m leery of posting the file blindly, but I could probably send it to you….
I’d like to paint this on my steampunk junior high library wall. Would you send me the file? Or let me buy it from you? Thanks!
Could you please send me the file? It would be great for a school project I’m working on! I would really appreciate it.
I would love to use an image of this in a miniature roombox I’m working on. I’d be very, very grateful if you’d let me have any rendition of the file, vector or raster, in any resolution. Just for personal use, etc. etc. You can email me at johanssonmel (at) gmail (dot) com.
Thanks if yes; thanks anyway if no.
I absolutely love this design. It is far better than anything that I could produce on my own. Is there any way that you would send me the corel file or let me purchase it from you? I’m a chemist and would love to laser cut this design onto a cutting board.