I wrote a quickie script to take advantage of Ponoko’s free cardboard special last month and the test results have arrived! I can’t wait until daylight to share the results so here are some photos! Script source at the end…
The Python script generates squares and circles for each pixel in a photo, I was targeting Ponoko‘s P2 size so planned for 64×64 pixel images at approximately 6mm per pixel. The above shows an ‘inverted’ generation where the lighter colours generate a cutout, this is intended for light being projected through it onto a surface. Was hoping to use the sun for best effect but just used a cheap Ikea lamp to take the above photo.
The normal generation is where darker colours generate a cutout, intended for placing the cutout on top of a coloured background. In the photo below, the background is my table tennis table.
I barely unpacked the stuff from Ponoko before taking those photos so still need a bit of clean up (some ‘holes’ still have the cardboard attached) but overall I’m happy with the result! In case anyone is wondering, the ‘square’ cutouts are much cheaper than the circular ones based on Ponoko pricing and achieve the same result.
The script source can be found at at the link below, feel free to share.
Edit : New picture using day (Sun) lighting