Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Christian Amato Nametag

For my nametag project, I really wanted to put something together that was unique and utilized both rastering and vectoring well and efficiently. Ideation Phase My ideas for the project stemmed mainly from my interests and hobbies. In the beginning lecture with Duncan, he suggested we all play around with an animal silhouette, which led me to choose my favorite and most feared animal, the bear. Bears are crazily capable of attacking predators, they run, climb and swim making any prey extremely vulnerable. Just a fun fact and a part of a conversation I had with friends about what animals they are most fearful of. Next, I decided that I wanted the rastering portion to be a cool font that was mostly rastered but left little indentations that were unrastered as well. This led me to think of an album cover I had seen previously, A$AP Rocky’s Testing album. I like the lines through the font, and I thought it would really add great character to the piece. Next, I decided to add some more information about me, my year and my major/minor. I also thought it would be a good idea to add little depictions of some of my hobbies, hence the golf club and the half-mile sticker. Execution I knew that I wanted the nametag to represent me and my school and that is why I chose to do it on an orange acrylic board. As you can see, the rastering did what I thought it would, and the name tag really didn’t pop at all. Before I snapped a pic, I thought it would be a good idea to somehow fill in the lines with a sort of paint. I decided to go for the full U of I theme which just happens to look more like a Chicago Bears theme with the vector that was cut out by adding the navy-blue paint marker. This is what was the result after I had gone over the whole canvas in blue paint marker. I then found some Isopropyl alcohol and a paper towel and wiped any excess marker off the top. Which left me with this. I am so happy with how the results of this turned out. I really learned a lot about using a laser cutter and I am excited to use this as a creative tool for the future. What went wrong/ what could I have done differently? I think the only thing I would change would be to raster some more details onto the bear, like the eyes and some fur marks. I also was told by a staff member that using multi-layered acrylic achieves a similar effect as painting as I did, which I would like to also employ in the future. I am excited to continue to use these machines in the near future!