Full post here by jeffeb3
SIsyphus industries is hosting a contest for sand patterns. As the creator of sandify, I had to throw my hat in the ring. I made one pattern for each category, and they are going to give out a table ($1500 table) to the user with the most votes in each category. So I am going to beg you all for some support. I spent a bunch of time trying to make something from a good idea, and show off what sandify can do. This is what I came up with:
It’s a beach scene. The tables have to start and stop in the center or the edge. I am really happy with the sky pattern, and I like how subtle it ended up looking. Making the palm trees from patterns we already had really makes it interesting. If you haven’t tried the playlist features in sandify, this is a good example of what they are capable of:
I imagined this sort of as a taste of what sandify can do. I started with a much longer pattern, but it basically broke the table software and it was an 8 hour pattern or so. I slimmed it down to three shapes and three ways to say “cheers”. I imagine two friends having a drink, hypnotized by the slowly shrinking pattern, wondering, “is this going to be the last loop before the next cheers?”.
Big thanks to Bobnik (Bobc) for all the work on sandify. Bob also pushed me to enter the contest and he has some great patterns in there as well. He has a table, and was nice enough to run my patterns for me. I was able to hone them only because I could see what they looked like.
Finally, here are the pattern files. It’s not clear if the contest is going to make these publicly available. I am sure the top contenders are going to end up in the sisyphus universe. I am definitely going to be sharing mine. You can load any of these into sandify and scale them, or adjust the limits and export as svg, thr, or gcode.