So there was some interest in the laser stuff I've done recently, and after talking to Ciderman and asking if it was ok to offer to make some stuff, I've been given the go ahead.
If any other mods have any objections or want me to change anything let me know.
I guess it goes without saying that it needs to be game related in some way.
The way I'd like to do it is see if anyone is really interested, what they want done, if I can do it on my hardware. Then break down the costs and have it all here on this thread.
I'd prefer to do it in one batch or two if there is a lot of work.
Reply to this thread if interested and then I'll get some information on the types of acrylic I can get hold of (colours, fancy finishes etc.). I don't use or work with cheap stuff, but it's not mega pricey either.
I'm not looking to make a profit on this run, just cover my costs.
Maximum size I can cut/engrave is just over A4 size (about 300x220mm).
If what you want cut/engraved needs assembly or gluing (like the mini arcade machine) it will be up to you to do it (probably do a better job than me anyway )
Only working with acrylic right now for these as I'm not 100 percent comfortable with wood/glass/marble and granite (which are the other materials I've use).
I find 3mm, 4mm and 5mm thick acrylic is my most used. The thicker it is the more it costs, naturally. I can work with up to 100mm thick material (but that would be rare and cost lots).
Remember, this is homemade and not done on 50,000 euro laser hardware. But i think the quality is good
I guess that's it for now. If there is interest, I will provide more details and costs.
I'd definitely love to get a few bits off you Steve, they look great, will happily pay for your time too.
Regards requests, what details need to be supplied by us, or is it a matter that we can send a dimensioned image and you work from there?
Your samples are unreal by the way
Great idea for a thread
How exactly does this work Steve, as in, can you work with regular photos, logo's, and 3D models is it?
It should be said that scale models of peoples nethers are prohibited.
Unless, being 45, most of me is retro at this stage....
If I provided a circular wooden chopping board, within the A4 limit, I wonder if you could etch a Warriors of the Sunlight shield.
I could paint the details myself.....
Generally you want to have your image ready to go. A black and white vector file is ideal(no colours in engraving, just b&w and shades of grey), but i can work with jpgs, pngs etc if the detail is nice and clean. The more fine detail that's in the images the less it is suited to engraving. Look at the samples, the Zelda logo and shield work well as they are nice clean shapes and very suited to engraving.
This is the Zelda engrave i did. You can see its a nice clean black and white image. I've added a cut line around it as well. So first pass is the engrave and then it cuts the outline.
I dont plan i doing a whole lot of photo editing and getting the images just right for people as that takes a lot of time when you have a number of them to do. But i'll clean up the basics for people.
I wont be doing wood on this batch. And I cant really engrave something provided without a lot of risk. The wood might not be suitable or have weird glues in it. It takes a good few attempts with a new material to get it just right and you have a lot of waste at the start while tweaking the settings.
Must be a giga watt if you can cut that
As in, 100mm thick A4 slabs
I can engrave them, but not cut(well, maybe cut it after 50 passes of the laser )
I'd love to get some stuff done.
Could be a nice way to make some pinball toppers
Are they not bigger than A4 size?
Could make them out of a few pieces. Like for star trek, maybe a couple of different ships spaced out on the top. I'll have a look around and see what I find
cool, yeah you know the sort of images i need for the cutter.
Old mini arcade design(blue clear) vs new(yellow).
No engraving done on the yellow as i was just seeing how it would look/fit. Not my own design, I "borrowed" another person's basic plans and changed them up to suit my needs.
And this is why you I'm not doing wood on this batch. I'm still learning what works well and what doesn't.
This chopping board had weird glues in it and 3 distinct sections that all engraved differently.
This smaller simple piece was fine:
Well, I'm learning at least
All chopping board were bought from those "Tiger" shops if anyone is looking.