Laser Cut Record by Amanda Ghassaei

Amanda Ghassaei, after creating a 3D printed record, has recently created a laser cut record. Amanda took a digital audio file and wrote some custom code to convert that file into a series of vector paths that the laser cutter can use to vector etch into almost any material to create a playable record.

This image shows a record etched into wood.

Because the width of the laser beam cannot achieve the microscopic detail of a vinyl record there is some quality loss in the final playback and the full record can only hold three minutes and ten seconds of audio. Despite these technical limitations you can still make out the songs played with amazing clarity as seen in the video below.

And to make this project even better Amanda has written an extremely well made instructable that can be seen here, detailing all the steps you need to take to make your own record from any source audio file.