Laser cutter: Treasure Map

This week I wanted to focus on making something simple with the laser cutter. Initially, I was inspired by my PComp/ICM final project–in the project one of the elements is that the user must “fly” from one point to the next in order to gain superhero skills. Below is a sketch of the original map.

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This then got me thinking about treasure maps. This past summer I was fortunate to go to the magical place in the world, Disney World, with my boyfriend and his 6 year old son. There we experienced a new gamified experience in Magic Kingdom, which is called “Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom”. This is basically an experience, in which you must defeat 8 villains that are hiding in the different lands of the kingdom. Sorcerers of Magic Kingdom is pretty cool, but even cooler with the excitement of a 6 year old. We were givenĀ a map like this. As you can see it’s fairly vague. It gives you small images to represent the keyholes you must find and activate within the land, but the only other reference is the roofs of the building structures. The entire experience refueled a love for old-timey treasure maps and love for the movie, “The Goonies”.

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This further inspired me to design a treasure map to cut on the laser cutter. I worked with Shir David, who has a lot of experience with Illustrator and she helped me get the design I wanted. I originally thought of cutting on a cork-like material, but I ended up really liking the results on the wood.

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After I used the laser cutter, I decided to shape the wood to look more like a map. I drew an outline on the wood and then used the band saw. This was my first time to use the band saw to make lines that aren’t straight and it was quite challenging. After cutting it, I wasn’t as happy as I wanted to be with it, so I used the power sander to mold the piece more into what I wanted.

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One thought on “Laser cutter: Treasure Map

  1. Nice work.

    It’s hard to tell how big the map is from your photos. Maybe some dimensions or objects in the image to give it scale.

    Are you planning on adding a finish to the wood? Or distress it to look older?

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