Category Archives: laser etch

DIY Laser Engraver can be made for just $20

Build your own 3D printed laser engraver

With the smooth geometry of a classic arcade machine, the Photon Printer 3D printed laser engraver is a tiny technological wonder. Built as a DIY project by New Zealand engineer Stephen Brockett, the fully functional etching machine was put together using selected DVD burner components and just a [...]

Laser Cutting – It’s Like A Unicorn Wearing Roller Skates

A laser cut unicorn, a phone dock, an Astro Boy lamp, and a mother’s day card!

Above is a laser cut and etched wood floss organizer of Rasalie Gale’s iconic unicorn (on roller skates) design – here with the floss making its colorful mane. It was made by 6 By 6 Arts.  It was made using 1/4″ plywood like [...]

Laser etched Moiré pattern artwork

Introducing a novel way to create tone and depth for laser etched images

Always on the lookout for new and creative ways to explore laser cutting, Martin Raynesford recently transposed an intricate graphic work into this striking laser etched art piece.
The inspiration came from Andrea Minini’s Animals in Moiré series, where the mesmerising concentric lines form styalized [...]

How to etch mirror acrylic

Laser etched impact made easy

As the Festive Season approaches and we become more and more enamoured with all things shiny, here are our tips on how to use laser etching for some serious impact on mirror acrylic.
People love the combination of crisp laser definition with the reflective sheen of mirror acrylic, and to create these [...]

Tiny stroke-only font for laser cutting

Miniature alphabet that you can squeeze just about anywhere

When adding small text to a laser etched design, you want to make sure the font you choose will be legible.
This tiny stroke-only alphabet is available to download from the Ponoko Showroom. The free file contains the entire alphabet plus punctuations, brackets and a few other randoms. [...]

Animated laser-engraved wood

The New America – is this the future of film making?

Two years in the making and consisting of over 800 individual laser etched wooden panels, The New America is an animation spectacular from film maker Nando Costa.
No stranger to the digital realm, Costa has created a unique bridge between the digitally produced physical object and [...]