Paper can be cut or engraved one sheet at a time in a mechanism much like an inkjet printer that
uses laser beams instead of toner, achieving punching or engraving without a physical die.
Laser cutting is suitable for making precise cuts, and can faithfully reproduce pattern data without the need to create a plate.
CASE 01: SUPER CONTRAST - Lamp Shade “KOME NO HIKARI” 2007
This lamp shade was created by using laser cutting to punch holes in matte SUPER CONTRAST super black paper,
placing three thousand grains of rice into the holes, and applying traditional Japanese washi paper
to the inside of the shade. The rice was inserted by hand in a process that took eight hours.
The warmth of the light passing through the rice produces a healing effect. (Special exhibit for an event.)
Paper: SUPER CONTRAST super black 1091 x 788mm S/G 116gsm
Process: laser cutting
Design: Taku Satoh
Please visit MIHONCHO HONTEN (showroom) to view examples.＞
An objective lens focuses
the laser beam onto the paper.
- Charring can be seen
on the cut edges.