Laser Engraver Newsletter - January 2016

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FEATURE

Photos, photos, photos. Everyone wants to engrave photos on various substrates. One that turns out beautifully is using CerMark Tile & Glass Marking Solution on glass. It leaves a dark, rich black mark.

 See Course 20 Lesson 5 for more details.

 Engraving Photos on Glass w/ CerMark Tile & Glass

There are a few things to keep in mind, when using CerMark on Glass:

  • Process the photo in PhotoGrav using the CerMark setting.
  • For a 50-watt laser use 100 power, 30 speed.
  • Do not use a dpi above 300.
  • After engraving, wash away excess then use a green scratchy pad and SCRUB! (see below)

    camalexa combo

HIGHLIGHT YOUTUBE VIDEO

CerMark Tile & Glass

Take a look at our Tile & Glass Spray Can. http://tiny.cc/tgspraycan

 

Learn how to apply CerMark for Tile & Glass in this video: http://tiny.cc/tgcermark

SKILL KNOWLEDGE

PhotoGrav can transform your photo engraved products from good to WOW! Take a look at this comparison. The difference and quality is noticeable. The images processed through PG provide increased detail and realistic looking outcomes.

No PhotoGrav used

PhotoGrav used

PG is easy to use. Import the photo, select the material the image will be engraved upon, edit the size (if needed), process the image and then export processed image. This file is then imported into DRAW. The process is a snap!

PhotoGrav

 

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Laser Engraver Newsletter - December 2015

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FEATURE

It's that time of year to make ornaments! There are so many ways to create memorable and personalized keepsakes. Wood, glass and acrylic are great vehicles for ornaments. They look great by themselves, but adding color can really make a difference.

We have color fills for acrylic and wood and our Stone Color Fills work great on glass and crystal.

 Color Fill on Acrylic Ornament

 

There are a few things to keep in mind, when color filling acrylic or wood, for better results:

  • Engrave the top to a shallow depth - optimal depth is .030" - the same thickness as a paper clip.
  • A little fill goes a long way.
  • Work color fill into the engraving area.
  • Remove excess fill using a water dampened cloth. Wipe with two light passes instead of one strong pass. Remove most and let dry for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, use a damp cloth and lightly scrub the rest away.       

    Color Fill on Wood Ornament

HIGHLIGHT YOUTUBE VIDEO

LaserBits Ornament Design CD

Our Ornament Design CD contains 40 layouts, you can download 4 of them for free: http://tiny.cc/ornamentdesigns

 

Learn how to color fill in this video: http://tiny.cc/colorfill

COREL KNOWLEDGE

Often, when working with cast acrylic, better results are achieved if the piece is reverse engraved. This is easily done in CorelDRAW. Create the desired layout. Then look for the Mirror buttons. There are two - mirror horizontal and mirror vertical. Dependent upon your version of DRAW your buttons will look like one or the other displayed below. Use mirror horizontal.

 Reverse Engraving in CorelDRAW

The acrylic is then cut and engraved.

Ornament Stocking in Blue Cast Acrylic

 

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Laser Engraver Newsletter - November 2015

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FEATURE

Green glass acrylic is a fabulous addition to our line of acrylics. It engraves a frosty white (see the surface of the guitar) and looks like glass! These cell phone stands were so fun to make. I used acrylic glue to put them together. Get green glass and get creative!

 Green Glass Acrylic Cell Phone Stands

 

There are a few things to keep in mind for better results:

  • Double mask acrylic. Cut first, remove mask and engrave.
  • Use a vector cutting bed.
  • Use 100% power and a very slow speed.
  • Do not use the protective cover to engrave/cut – it outgases hazardous fumes.                
HIGHLIGHT YOUTUBE VIDEO
For more information on this featured product see the Project Center lesson titled, Cell Phone Stands w/ Acrylic. Download the DRAW file featured below at: http://tiny.cc/cellstandapp Learn how to use our acrylic glue for items like the featured cell phone stands: http://tiny.cc/acrylicglueLU
COREL KNOWLEDGE

Using the Object Manager is the quickest and easiest way to accomplish two-pass printing (as advised for the acrylic above with cutting first and engraving second). The only layers printable are the vector layers with the Print Icon not selected.

Object Manager in CorelDRAW

Additionally, the Eye Icon can be turned off to only display what I want sent to the laser. Send one job to the printer, remove the mask and then send the next job. The Object Manger gives you total control.

Object Manager in CorelDRAW

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