This piece has been produced using the CAD software Rhino combined with Matrix where needed.
The main aim of this module was to incorporate laser technology. At the start of the laser module I was worried I wouldn’t find a form of laser technology that I can use within my work without adapting my style to suit it. However, I was very wrong and I am really pleased with the outcome.
I have used laser engraving to have a section of the story engraved onto the inside of the ring. If I had used computer or hand engraving the words would of looked clunky and it wouldn’t of flowed with the piece as well. The engraving now looks sleek with a fine line which doesn’t stand out above everything else on the ring. Using laser engraving meant that I had complete control over where the laser was going to engrave on the piece.
I have also utilised laser welding when making my piece. I found that this was ideal due to the fact that the size of the oars I needed to laser were very thin and soldering them would of caused them to melt. I have securely lasered the oars onto the boat and then lasered the boat using filler wire onto the stand, this left minimal clean up and polishing as I had allready done it previously to attatching the items. Soldering this piece would have been extrememely difficult due to the fact the base is so chunky and the boat and oars are a lot smaller and finer. By using the laser welder I have also avoided fire staining the piece.
Above I have shown how the piece fits together.