At Australian Waterjet Cutting, we take pride in producing beautiful cultural artworks like the collection of Indigenous art floor inlays we made for Broome International Airport.
The project involved seven circular floor art pieces depicting animals that represent the seasons of the Yawuru calendar. The Yuwara calendar is the traditional calendar created by native title holders of Broome and the Kimberley.
From sketches to CAD to cutouts, we meticulously worked on this complex project with precision and patience.
See how we transformed sketches into feature floor inlays in our blog.
Carpet and vinyl projects with waterjet cutting
This project was no easy feat. Despite waterjet cutting being the fastest and best way to cut soft products (router cutting is too slow), it was the work that had to be done before fabrication that was the most complex.
Stage 1: sketches to CAD
We received sketches featuring the commissioned pieces of an Indigenous artist.
From here, we began the meticulous process of digitising it. It may sound like a simple scan, but it involves translating hand drawn sketches into digital vectors and a full 3 days of design work.
In fact, one sketch alone can have over 100,000 nodes (connection points) to adjust!
This is a job that requires precision (and patience) above all else. To get the pieces to have a nice, tight fit, you need clean, accurate lines.
Stage 2: CAD to cut outs
In this stage, we’re testing different samples of coloured vinyl for the field (coloured circle) and insert (black outline of design).
Once the colours were selected, we cut the vinyl and carpet with our waterjet machine and proofed it.
Proofing is assembling all the puzzle pieces together and checking they align as they should according to the original sketch. Once that was done done they were ready to send to Broome.
For complex, intricate floor art call Australian Waterjet Cutting
Our waterjet technology is only the beginning of our capabilities, because it’s the way we work and what we can make possible that really sets us a cut above the rest.
Our meticulous process of digitizing sketches and precision cutting of soft products with waterjet technology made it possible.
No job is too big or too complex for us, so for your intricate floor art needs, call Australian Waterjet Cutting.
We would like to state that we have full permission to use the sketches provided to us by the contractor for the Broome International Airport project. However, we would like to disclaim that we are unsure of the artist behind the sketches and therefore cannot provide credit to them. We fully respect intellectual property rights and would be happy to rectify any issues that may arise. Please contact us if you have any concerns regarding the use of the sketches.
We’ve been providing quality, reliable and experienced service for over 28 years. All our waterjet cutting processes are extremely accurate and will keep the integrity of your design intact.