Companies have been reworking old records for awhile into innovative, new designs, but Shinsuke Yamaji found a way to create customized vinyl without compromising sound quality. The Japanese designer conceived the Cutting Autora Factory Plate to carve specialized images onto the record without rendering it unplayable. These personalized designs are depicted on the surface of the record, so the spiral grooves are not damaged in any way. Graphics vary in complexity, ranging from simple swirls and lines to more complex creations and illustrations.
Customized vinyl etchings like those conceptualized by the Cutting Autora Factory Place provide opportunities for bands and musicians to bring another creative component to their work beyond cover art. This design device could potentially lead to limited editions of regular albums, individualized artwork or further customization of similar materials.