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Prototype sub-assembly for a 2-iteration Menger sponge kit. Full kit will be 414 pieces! (Most of them the very small ones.)

Wrote up some more details on this test on birbsite:

twitter.com/joshmillard/status

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Being tired is not a badge of honor. It just means you're tired.

A couple morning experiments with laser cut layers:

1. a stratified wooden sphere enclosed in a clear acrylic cube.

2. a stack of accumulating bisections of material.

*furious scribbling social media engagement notes on napkin*

"People...seem...to...enjoy...it...when...you...set...things...on...fire"

Taking that fractal lattice experiment further, with a stack of five iteration layers of increasing complexity, cut very delicately from basswood and glued together. From this angle you can't see that the bottom layer literally caught fire. Lasers, man.

Back at it: larger clear acrylic 1-iteration Menger sponge from the glowforge.

Tonight I managed to finalize a working design for a laser cut Menger sponge (vs. the simpler pseudo-sponge with no insides that I'd done recently).

Doesn't look a ton different from the pseudo-sponge at a glance, but it's far more mathematically satisfying. Has a nicer heft too from the extra pieces. Also a lot more work to put together!

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Here's the cover art: @joshmillard did the etching & photo -- I cropped it, tinkered with the color a bit & added the type. Decided to call it done before I could second-guess it. octodon.social/media/TyWZJj-SV

Sixth pass on Accumulating Bisections; fourth pass on Accumulating Sierpinski Carpet; action shot of that fourth pass going on.

It's the most wonderful time of the year: the time to lose your mind and/or punish others with the best worst thing I've ever made, a random infinite xmas carol generator:

joshmillard.com/endlessjinglin

Did a great big 90 minute glowforge cut today, of this 5-iteration Sierpinski carpet...and had a fuck up right at the end with the software that led to an alignment problem that ruined the whole thing.

I mean it's still neat looking, but it's fucked up too and I was hoping to make one that wasn't fucked up.

Did my first clear acrylic cut with the glowforge tonight (after figuring out the my original planned cut for the evening was gonna take 87 minutes, which, nah, that can wait till tomorrow).

This actually looks pretty cool?

Experimenting this morning with laser-cutting leaves.

Also continuing on this one. Related to the ideas in the last toot but a different approach to the process, slightly different materials. Hope it looks rad when its done but for now mostly I expect to be a little surprised at the end.

Fifth pass on this. Every time I add more it changes and I find myself missing how it used to look, and every time I get used to it in time to feel conflicted at the next pass. It's a weird piece to work on, having to force myself to follow through on the plan I made at the start because if I don't force the issue and ignore my in-the-moment feelings I'll never find out how something like this can go.