Instructables

DIY- your business cards

Featured
Picture of DIY- your business cards
0. Supplies
- Materials you want to print on
- Your design file (either by illustrator or by CoreDraw)

1. Prepare materials
- Choose the right thickenss paper or wood
- I used 140lb(pounds per ream) or 300gsm(grams per square meter) tangerine paper and 1/64 tickness Plywood

 
Remove these adsRemove these ads by Signing Up

Step 1: Design your Biz Cards

Picture of Design your Biz Cards
examples.PNG
1. Use the Template file on Adobe (http://goo.gl/55sbi or download attached illustrator file)
- For this file, you only need to consider the red outline (blue outline makes your biz cards bigger than usual)


2. Consider which part you want to cut or engrave
- For cutting, you need to create the outlines of shapes or fonts
- Make the outlines less than 0.001 pt

Tip: Don't make the outline hidden by overlayering empty shapes (see the figure)

- For engraving, you need it to be rastered or its outline thick enough
- It depends on a laser cutting machine you use (typically more than 0.25 pt)

Step 2: Test your Design

Picture of Test your Design
(Laser Printer)
- Adjust focus of the printer
- Put your material on the printer
- Assign the home position

(Computer)
- Adjust your design position (normally to the left-top corner)
- Adjust the setting of the laser printer as a guideline
- Keep printing your design until you find the right power and speed of the printer

Step 3: Modify yours and print it in bulk

Picture of Modify yours and print it in bulk
wood-1.jpg
paper-2.jpg
- Make sure you have enough space for cutting between close lines
- Check the depth of engraving by adjusting the speed and power of the printer
- Then, copy and paste multiple designs on the expanded canvas according to your material size
- Print it !

 
By the way, I made it at TechShop in San Francisco 
djkokalis1 year ago
can you make a how to video please?
Those look great! Do you happen to remember where you got your thin plywood?
Any good hobby shop will have 1/64 plywood.
96chany (author)  Penolopy Bulnick1 year ago
I bought it at Blick offline store. (http://www.dickblick.com/)
I also found it on Amazon by searching "plywood 1/8"
5 stars!
Looks great!
utestcw1 year ago
creative
Pro

Get More Out of Instructables

Already have an Account?

close

PDF Downloads
As a Pro member, you will gain access to download any Instructable in the PDF format. You also have the ability to customize your PDF download.

Upgrade to Pro today!