Laser cutter plays Super Mario Bros. theme

[Jed] from Toronto’s hackerspace HackLab.TO coded the theme from Super Mario Bros. for their laser cutter. He’s posted the ruby code that generates the g-code from a simple tablature.

Related: CNC music factory Still Alive

[via Waxy]


  1. Wolfin says:

    Oh, what will they think of next?

  2. josh says:

    What a waste of time. I like it! It would be pretty cool to see a visual representation of this with a router. Each note would be represented by a different depth of cut by the router.

  3. Passer by says:

    rofl, machine abuse at its simplest, wonderful ^_^

  4. Phaux says:

    That’s actually really cool that they used one axis for the main track, and the other axis for playing the bass track. Very fancy stuff.

  5. nanoc says:

    man i wish i had that much free time.

  6. ferdie says:

    next zelda tune :-)

  7. sean says:

    @nanoc i don’t even care about the time, i wish i had a lazer cutter

  8. chippy says:

    Man I never do that with my cnc machine, stuff like that can be hard on stepper controllers/motors.

  9. Jason G says:

    kool, yesterday i saw vid of floppy drive playing StarWars theme song!!!

  10. Jason G says:

    no joke!!!

  11. Rachel says:

    This would be even more impressive if it cut out a musical score while playing.

  12. vonskippy says:

    Ya know, the first 12 zillion times this was done it was kindof impressive. Maybe if they hooked this up to twitter while it was playing “music” that would be special.

  13. VIPER! says:

    If i had an insanely expensive CNC laser cutting machine I could play the Super Mario Theme too. O wait I’ve had a Midi sequencer and speakers in my computer since the 486. And IT sounds better!!!! ;D

    No seriously that was cool, In a GEEKY kind of way.


  14. blizzarddemon says:

    Why are these musical cnc machines all the craze now? I’m all for it, but was there some kinda trigger for it in the past year or something?

  15. poompt says:

    Meme proliferation. Someone thought it was cool, did their own version, two people thought that was cool…

  16. Adam says:

    Musical F1 engines are much neater.

  17. Fish says:

    I’m curious as to why a number of people are giving a fuss on how this isn’t exciting?

    How isn’t it? Yeah, it may have been done before in some shape or form, but these guys did it very well; it’s not every day a laser cutter kicks that much ass

  18. steve says:

    This is cool and all, but I’m still waiting for people to take it to the next level, and create musical electric cars

  19. Fox3 says:

    This is impressive. It kinda reminds me of the Honda musical road commercial.

  20. Sammy says:


  21. or_muddslinger says:

    Ha Ha… It is good to see people having fun at work!!!

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