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My son keeps losing pencils at school. Whether this is through his generous nature, where he loans them to friends and forgets to get them back, or simply his (hereditary) absent-mindedness, is unclear. Either way, we though it would be a good idea to engrave his name on a big batch of pencils so that if he leaves them somewhere, they'll (hopefully) be returned.

You could also use this to engrave any sort of (thin) bitmap image such as a logo onto pencils. It would probably work for pens as well, assuming that the material was "laser safe."

I made it at TechShop!
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Step 1: Requirements

Consumables:
3/16" wood (or other material suitable for making the jig)
Pencils

Equipment:
Epilog Helix Laser Cutter

Software:
CorelDraw 5

Files:
PencilJigAndEngraving.cdr (this file contains both a jig layer and a text layer)

I missed the part about how you actually engraved the pencils...what kind of and where do you get a laser?
I'm using an Epilog 60-watt Laser at TechShop. I used the following settings: 300 DPI, 50% speed, 90% power.
love it! :) thank you

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