There are some items you might want to etch which are too small to place by themselves in the Epilog laser. The reason the small items can’t be placed in the machine without a jig is that the machine shakes slightly when it’s doing vector and a lot when it’s doing raster work. Another problem is that it you will need to align the piece perfectly perpendicular to the laser rail so that the art work is aligned properly.
The easiest way to print on small pieces is using a jig. Wikipedia ‘s definition of a jig is: “… a jig is a type of tool used to control the location and/or motion of another tool. A jig's primary purpose is to provide repeatability, accuracy, and interchangeability in the manufacturing of products. “
So here is a quick way to make a jig. For this example I am going to make it for a luggage tag made of anodized aluminum.