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Win a Free Copy of the Repper Pattern App

14:21 in News, Pattern Design Contest by Studio Ludens

Ponoko Repper Contest

Our friends at Ponoko have come up with a great new contest to let their community meet the awesomeness of Repper patterns.

The Contest

This month we’re giving away 5 free licenses of the delightful Repper tool, a simple application that lets you create repeating patterns.

With Repper, you can start with any source image, zoom in or out, change the tiling, edit colors on the fly, and export your repeating unit or the entire surface as a raster file. It does not export files in vector format (yet), but you can convert them using a vector editing application like Illustrator.

People have applied their Repper generated patterns to web and graphic designs as well as product design and interiors — and yes, a laser etched banana.

How would you apply a Repper pattern to a Ponoko project?
The top 5 answers will win a free Repper license courtesy of Dutch developers Studio:Ludens.

How to Enter:
Leave a comment below telling us about how you would use a Repper pattern with a project you could make using Ponoko.

Only comments describing projects that could be made with Ponoko’s digital making methods (3D printing & laser cutting) will qualify to win.

5 winners will each receive 1 free license to Repper, a €29 ($39) value.

Contest closes 16 March at 10p.m. PST.
People from the Ponoko and Studio:Ludens team will choose 5 winners total.
Winners will be notified on 17 March 2011 and announced in an update to this contest announcement.

For more information & inspiration:


Mummified zombie-banana

15:39 in Fun by Studio Ludens

Repper mummy banana

A.k.a. the end of the laser-engraved banana, still haunting the web.

Bacon mania – very locally baked

13:38 in Fun, Inspiration by Studio Ludens

Bacon is special. Because it goes with any dish. Because my (almost) vegetarian girlfriend can’t resist it. But also because it can be engraved with a laser!

This is our first experiment with bacon, and it’s damn tasty. Any suggestions for other food you’d like to see engraved with Repper patterns?

Bacon with laser-engraved Repper pattern
Three bacon patterns with Repper

Laser-engraved cookies

13:59 in Inspiration by Studio Ludens

After the positive feedback on our laser-engraved banana we couldn’t resist having a go at our second most favourite food: cookies!

We experimented with one pattern at difference scales; I think it would quite well. We haven’t dared to eat them yet ;-)

Repper laser-engraved cookies

Banana Mania – it’s not a fake

12:28 in Inspiration by Studio Ludens

Yesterday, this decorative banana was featured on BoingBoing. Some folks over there were convinced the laser-engraved banana was a fake, because (1) the pattern looks like an overlay, (2) the hand is too small compared to the banana and (3) none of the fingers actually curl around the banana.

The banana in question
The photo / banana / hand that was deemed “unrealistic”

I understand that deep-rooted skepticism is the safest stance in a world where most of what seems real isn’t actually so. Let me therefore help you regain your faith in laser-engraved bananas again :-) .

This is a real lasercutter

The banana has been cut on this lasercutter in our office. It’s not a dummy, it’s real. And don’t get started about how the shadows look off…
Lasercutter at Ludens office

This is a real hand

The hand holding the banana belongs to Lotte and is indeed not as humongous as mine. It is real nonetheless. And to those who called it a midget hand: that’s just rude. Feel free to use the comments to apologize to Lotte.
Comparison of Lotte's hand with Wouter's

This is a real pattern

I made the pattern with Repper, our pattern tool. It’s not an ancient islamic pattern, it was created 1 day ago.
The banana pattern in the Repper tool

This is a real engraved banana

I guess only a video would convince the true non-believers. Granted, I could have imposed the pattern on this video as well, but that would take much more time than just engraving the banana (which took about 15 minutes).

This is a fake

Sure I can make a fake if I want to. Here is one. Now convince me it is real :-) .

Opera House with Repper pattern superimposed
CC-licensed photo by Andy Clarke