For a trial version of Lamination PRO v3, CLICK HERE.
Have you ever looked at a laminated feature ring of a segmented bowl wondering how it was done? Well, wonder no more. The truth is, using laminations to create feature rings is far easier than the results would indicate. The process starts with a board made from strips of wood. Lamination PRO makes this process simple with its Lamination Wizard (Version 3 shown below):
The Wizard allows you to select from 1 to 11 strips of wood in either a symmetric or non-symmetric pattern. You simply select a width and species from drop-down boxes.
For each number of strips, you can create your own default configuration. Adding additional species is as simple as copying image files into a folder. Version 3 even has end grain and solid counter top images.
Once you have finished creating your laminated board, press Continue and the board will be placed in your main work area for further processing.
To make a multi-generation design in the shop, you would take that board and cut it with your saw at a predetermined miter angle into strips, reassembling it by flipping alternate strips left-to-right or top-to-bottom to make a 1st generation board. Lamination PRO duplicates this process virtually so that a single keystroke immediately shows you what your 1st generation board (often called a zig-zag or chevron pattern) will look like.
If you take a first generation board and repeat the same process, you’ll get a second generation pattern. And then a 3rd generation pattern. And if that's not enough, you can now have a 4th generation pattern.
While understanding the multi-generation process isn't difficult, creating a lamination design that will have the desired dimensions and appearance is far from simple. That’s where Lamination PRO's power and flexibility shines. Here are some of the things you can do to create your multi-generation design:
- 1st, 2nd, 3rd, and 4th generations
- Flip alternate pieces left-to-right, top-to-bottom, left-to-right and top-to-bottom or no flip
- Cut through strips with declining patterns or inclining patterns
- Cut the board horizontally and then slide the top and bottom halves
- Cut the board horizontally, flip the bottom half and slide the top and bottom halves
- Add a clipping region that will show you exactly what the finished design will look like
- Export an image of your design to an image file for use in a drawing program such as SketchUp or Photoshop (CLICK HERE for video tutorial)
- Export an image of your design into Woodturner PRO to see how it will look in a feature ring of a segmented bowl.
In Version 3, this all happens in real-time without having to to back to the start and then forward to see a single change as was necessary in Version 2.1. So you can be on the 4th generation and change the cutting angle of the 1st generation and immediately see how the design changes.
And if that's no enough, you can cut your laminated board into radial segments to form a segmented disc. You’ll now have these features available:
- Show the kerf lines showing where to cut the board to yield the number of radial segments you have selected
- Assemble the segments into a segmented disc
- Add an outside and inside circular or square clipping region and specify the dimensions of each region
At any point, you can print a page which has the currently display image along with the complete instructions as to the steps taken to get to that point. This provides you with a single sheet that you can take with you into your shop. The following shows some examples of designs you can create with Lamination PRO:
Sweetheart Clock Face - 3rd Generation
Bird Design - 3rd Generation
Lamination PRO can be purchased separately or part of the PRO Suite consisting of 3D Design PRO, Woodturner PRO and Lamination PRO.