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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M A P R I L 2 0 2 3 • G R A P H I C S P R O 7 1 She's into the steampunk look and handed me this poem that she wanted to later be carved into a large conference table: "Oh, gear tree, mechanical wonder of our time, turning cogs and sprock- ets, making gears align. With your intri- cate branches, and metal leaves so bright. You bring movement to life, with your mechanical might. In factories and machines, you're a vital part, helping wheels to turn, and power to start. With every rotation, you prove your worth. A symbol of progress, and man's mastery of earth. So here's to the gear tree, a marvel to behold, a testament to man's ingenuity, strong and bold. May your gears keep turning, for a long time to come. A shin- ing example, of the power of human invention done." at was it. She trusted I could come up with something and she would find some old tooling and machine parts and gears to finish off the background of the con- ference room feature wall. I had a lot of work in front of me, so I shifted into high gear to do some research. I was surprised at what I found. It appears my client's appreciation of art was not Drawings of the Gear Tree for the main conference wall and the conference room's secondary wall piece featuring more gears and a supplied timepiece. (Images courtesy of JD Hamilton) The gear vectors were welded and then also welded to the flourish art to create an output file to cut the matte black vinyl background. The vector for the tree base in 1" HDU prepared to cut on the CNC router. The acrylic gears were separated into 1/4" and 1/8" thicknesses and nested in precut sheets of acrylic for laser cutting.

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