30: Tokens & Templates

Once in a while I come across a job where I've got a handful of pre-cut shapes and I've got to etch a design onto them.  This can be tricky for any number of reasons, but the issue I run into most often getting the alignment between the etch and the shape it'll be on just [...]

24: Transfer Tape

Most suppliers I use for laserable materials ship those materials with transfer tape applied to either one or both sides.  I didn't really learn to appreciate this until I made a bulk order of melamine-coated MDF from a large home improvement chain; they don't assume you're going to be firing a laser at their product [...]

Etaoin in Black

08: 3D Etching

This week I decided to give 3D etching another shot. I have just once before played around with the 3D settings available on our laser, but I haven't really explored the process until now. Normally, the laser interprets shades of grey by preparing a halftone map and etching that at whatever singular power I have [...]