Here at Thunder Laser Canada, we build a lot of festival furniture! Since we are based out of Fuse33 Makerspace, many different groups approach us regularly to help them design and build outdoor furniture and office furniture such as architects, festival organizers, business improvement associations and more.
Freezer Burn is an annual festival that takes place in Alberta. The event is an opportunity for those who attend the larger Burning Man festival in Nevada to come together and meet local ‘burners’ from their community. Many members of our makerspace are also burners. In fact, one of our members artist Ken Hacke designed this years Freezer Burn Effigy and last year’s Temple!
This spring members of Fuse 33 Makerspace came together to brainstorm a design for a chill seating zone. The group brainstormed and came up with a design that involved a cone shaped structure with seating (done on our large laser) and an infinity mirror in the top. The infinity mirror was also made using a laser cutter. The group named the project the Cosmic Sanctuary.
According to the team;,”(for the infinity mirror), we used 100% mirror acrylic for the back layer, and 30% mirror for the front layer. We had to add the mirror film to it after, we couldn’t find partially mirrored acrylic. then we put LEDs between the mirrored layers, which is where the infinity mirror effect comes from.”
Below is a video that explains how to use the software used to create the seating for our festival chill zone.
The process of designing the chairs is actually a very interesting technique. This technique involves using a program traditionally used for 3D printing. By designing a 3D model of an object, this program then can transform the model into ‘slices’. You have the option to make the slices go in any direction you want. The file is then saved in a format a laser cutter can understand and you can print the layers as individual pieces.
Watch a video of Slicer for Fusion360 below!