Coasters have long been a target for design experiments and creativity expression. Engineer from Kansas added another piece to the story. He is creating the coasters that look like computer microchips, expect that because of the size, microchip is a more suitable name. Coasters are decorated with true chip specifications and are representative of what you would find in your machine. He is using freely available photos of the units that can be found online. After cleaning the slate, the next step is engraving, for which a specialized laser is used.
- Jason Coon, a software engineer from Kansas, uses macrochips to create laser-etched drink coasters.
- He has transformed 12 different types of microchips into macrochip beverage coasters.
- His process begins by searching online using sites such as Google or Wikipedia for a suitable reference image.
“If they’re still not clean enough, I’ll use Inkscape to draw over the raster image with vector graphics.”