128: Puzzles

This post incorporates some of my favorite things: art and collaboration*!  Laura, of Laura Lynne Art, was looking for help with how to make her art into a puzzle.  In the past, she has made puzzles by painting directly onto a store bought one, but lasers could make the process smoother.  It's always easier cutting [...]

September Updates

Hello folks! In addition to the main project happening this September, we'll also be spending 52 minutes doing 52 updates to 52lasers.com. While this means there'll be a shiny new look and a few new features, it also means that there might be out-of-date links, inappropriately-sized pictures and myriad other miniature issues to sort through. [...]

123: Semi-Precious Stone Engraving

A recent client sent me a few small precious gemstones to see how easily they could be engraved. I did some tests on them, with varying results, and sent them back her way. We went with a really simple five point star to test the engraving quality—with the smallest one just .07" in diameter! Out [...]

121: Anodized Aluminum Moai

When Jen and I were first researching buying a laser, we didn't plan on buying the one we ended up with. We were looking to get a small, semi-portable solution. But my brother Johnny found a family out in Terre Haute, Indiana, who had owned their laser for about a year and realized they weren't [...]

118: Crackers

Full disclosure, guys - I did not expect this week's experiment to work.  I figured in the worst case, it would satisfy a curiosity, and I'd get to eat hand cut homemade crackers with dip.  Ryan, on the other hand, didn't know why I was questioning it, and thought cutting cracker dough with a laser would [...]

116: Laser Foil

Years ago, I purchased a roll of a foil material when I was first getting creative with the laser. I didn't really know how it worked, and most instructions required a process I was wholly uncomfortable with: touching the material in-between passes. Most of my experiences touching anything between engraving and cutting meant engravings that [...]