The Rapoport Family Crest
The Rapoport Family Crest was a birthday present for my father. Last year I chanced to stumble across a “Rapoport” wikipedia article, which contained the previously unknown image of the crest.
I took this image and brought it into Adobe Illustrator, where I used the Live Trace command to convert the highly-pixelized image to vector form. I brought the vectors (linework) into Rhinoceros 4 and created a frame for the crest based on the contours of the image. I then lofted surfaces from the edges of the image to fit the edge of the new frame.
I then exported my 3D model and milled it on the CMU Digital Fabrication Lab’s CNC Mill machine. I purposely left legs, as I intended to align the frame the laser cutter to engrave the crest’s linework in the milled piece of MDF.
After milling I successfully aligned the lasercutter and engraved the image. I then sanded the liner legs off and shellacked the entire project with water-based polyurethane.
And Viola! The Crest!