Laser Cutting Project – Rice Terrace Planter

In Digital Fabrication, ITP

For our Digital Fabrication laser cutter assignment, I built a terraced planter inspired by rice-terracing in South-East Asia. Here’s an image below if your unfamiliar with what that is.




First I sketched the concept.




Since we are talking laser cutter (2D) I needed to create slices that I could stake on top of each other to create the height of the object. Therefore, I designed all the 2D slices in Vector Works so I could make accurate cuts on the laser cutter. The width of the walls and the height of each layer is a 1/4 inch.


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To also get a good sense of what the object would look like in 3D, I extruded the layers to the desired height and added the center cylinder that would hold all the terraced levels in place.


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Finally, here is the final product which serves as a nice first iteration for the concept. I really love this idea of an indoor terraced planter and would love to continue messing around with it in the future. It would be interesting to see what kind different aesthetic I can get from doing this with CNC instead of layering the laser cut plywood.




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