© 2018 by Xander Morningstar


One of my more ambitious works in the Fall of 2017, was trying to design a small, model city entirely out of wood. I first constructed a 3 ft tall pedestal out of plywood. I then took to Adobe Illustrator to create a spread of different shapes that were organized to be cut, and etched into via the UC Rapid Prototyping Center's (RPC) laser cutter. After the wood was cut and removed from the material board, I then assembled it together to create the model. A few problems arose out of the project. To start with, I did not realize my wood was so thick in comparison to what the laser cutter could handle (mine was about a centimeter in width). This made removing the pieces from the material board challenging, and also the price of cutting much higher then expected. Secondly, I did not account for when assembling the pieces, the corners needed to be cut into 45 degree angles for perfect flush fitting. Because of time constraints, I opted out and use wood glue and a nail gun to attach the walls together. This is why the burnt edges of each building are visible, though many have given me feedback that they provide interesting contrast. The nice part about this project is that, if I were to replicate it, I could take the time to cut 45 degree angles because I still have the original RPC illustrator file needed.


Process Work


Special thanks to Austin Vesely for photography assistance! Follow him @austin_tilt_mode_vesely