Hip and trendy back lit logos are no longer limited to the apple crowd. You (yes, you) too can release thyself from the drab clutches of the plain boring brand. No longer shall my laptop share the same cattle brand as it's fore bearers.
Step 1: Materials and Tools
- Laptop bezel
- Laser Cutter
- Acrylic or other laser cutter safe plastic
- Vector file of your logo
- Xacto knife and fresh blade
- Sand Paper (coarse to fine)
- Scotch Scrubbies
- Hot Glue
- Masking Tape
- Scrap Paper
Step 2: Templates
NoteDon't do what I did. Be sure to check the back of the laptop LCD assembly for opaque areas that will not allow light to pass through. If you're not worried about light - then you don't need to check for this ;)
Step 3: Cut Acrylic
Of course, you don't have to use a laser cutter - but one was available to me, so I used it ;)
Step 4: Cut Bezel
Start with a low power test cut to check for alignment/location. Once you're ready to go, wipe a small amount of water over your tape. The water prevents flare ups (tape burning away) that can damage the laser optics. While it may slow down the cutting process, this is better than damaging your cutter ;)
My first cut did not penetrate - nor did my second or third. After my 4th pass at a slow speed and high power, it was clear that the laser would not penetrate the bezel.
Finish the job with an Xacto knife. Go slow and be careful to prevent damage to the bezel outside.
If I were to do this again, I would do so on the water jet that was available to me. This would provide a clean and thorough cut. Live and Learn -- one day I'll just paint the bezel :D
Step 5: Remove Reflective Tape and Clean Up
Clean up your bezel.
Step 6: Finish Logo
Step 7: Attach Logo and Reassemble
Finally, reassemble your custom bezel :)