Using TSP art to make products

//Using TSP art to make products

I’m a big fan of mathematically derived art. There’s a famous mathematical problem called the “Traveling Salesperson Problem” (TSP). It goes like this, given a list of cities and the distances between each pair of cities, what is the shortest possible route that visits each city exactly once and returns to the origin city? So you can take any regular photograph, and discard the right amount of information from it, and you get a set of points. Then you can use a TSP solver to connect all the dots with ONE single continuous line. If you do that as a vector graphic then you can take that to a CNC machine and create ART! So my plan is to take a photo, I’ll probably use Einstein as my demo. Einstein is good for that (see my halftone Einstein). Then using a computerized quilting machine and contrasting thread to the fabric, and you’ve got a quilt with someone’s picture on it. Or the same could be done with laser etching on wood (or some other material that creates contrast when etched). Now taking orders!

By | 2017-06-12T18:20:20+00:00 August 12th, 2015|R & D Lab|0 Comments

About the Author:

Maker Extraordinaire

Leave A Comment