Lasers. They”re undeniably cool. Doctors use them to perform delicate surgeries, sci-fi geeks can”t get enough of them, and as it turns out, artists can crank out some pretty amazing work with them as well.
This piece was created by Andy Gikling, an artist and software consultant hailing from St. Paul, Minnesota.
The finished product is called After Sunset. These designs are intricately etched into a slab of slate.
What if I told you that this took less than three minutes to create? Okay, so creating the design, the digital file, and all of the laser commands took considerably longer, but once that laser started moving, the piece was finished in about two minutes.
It all came together in an epic show of techie fire.
First, the laser blocks out the larger shapes in what”s called a “raster” process.
After the raster, the laser runs a “vector” process.
Here”s the vector at work.
Watch the whole thing go down in the video below.
How crazy is that? You can see more of Gikling”s artwork on his deviantArt page. The laser that was used for this was custom-built for artistic purposes. It”s called the Lightguide v5, and it was the brainchild of LasX Industries of Minnesota.