We love Halloween! Why? Well, a number of reasons. Maybe enough to even make a list out of them:
Carving pumpkins is an incredibly artistic/creative expression. A side effect can mean cooking pumpkins, which results in… Pumpkin pie!
Sugar. Enough said.
Huge potential for animatronic yard displays. See the recent tour Nova Labs went on.
Costumes. LEDs. An unbeatable combination.
And the best? Those pumpkins are Nova Labs’ orange!
Always use the focus tool for proper results on the laser.
We’ve been thinking hard all year about how to top last year’s awesome matching of laser cutter and pumpkin. It was actually very involved due to the spherical nature of pumpkins. We have a rotary attachment for our laser cutter which helps do work on cylindrical objects (tubes, bottles, etc), but the irregular sphere was a challenge. Bob Coggeshall and Brian Jacoby stepped up to the plate this year with a couple of pumpkin pies. In the spirit of scientific inquiry, it made sense to get them from two different stores. Also, you get suspicious looks if you try to hoard pumpkin pies.
Pumpkin pie with lasered engraving of Nova Labs logo
Usually when we have new machine at Nova Labs, we’re inspired to use it to create a new version of our cool logo. We think this is the first time we’ve used our laser to work with food, and the first laser-engraved pumpkin pie. We wondered if the moisture of the pies would vaporize, splatter, or produce some other equally-hard-to-clean-up result, but it turned out to work well.
Second attempt of Nova Labs logo, also without “Rediscover the joy of making things” text.
We believe we may have created a new novelty product for the holidays: The Laser Engraved Pumpkin Pie. We envision that our members will be clamoring to get their pies laser engraved for Thanksgiving dinner. Any sort of image or lettering could be used within the space provided and it would certainly be a conversation starter!
No word yet on how the laser engraving affects the taste, we were preoccupied with making it look cool! We’ll keep you posted.
This is just one example of the things we do at Nova Labs. Check out our Flickr feed for a glimpse into the mind of creative people as they make the stuff of their dreams.