Introduction: Laser Cut Pokemon Gym Badges

A couple weeks ago, I came across some Pokemon Gym badges for sale and thought they looked cool.  I wanted to make them myself, but wasn't sure how.  Then I learned how to use the laser cutter :)

I made this at Techshop in SF!


Indigo League Badges: (They are in order on my shirt)
  • Boulder Badge
  • Cascade Badge
  • Thunder Badge
  • Rainbow Badge
  • Soul Badge
  • Marsh Badge
  • Volcano Badge
  • Earth Badge
  • Source

Step 1: Supplies

What you need:
  • Wood or Acrylic for your badges (I originally planned to do clear acrylic, but then I remembered I was going to glue something to the back so decided against it.)
  • 8 Jewelry Pins
  • Contact Cement

Step 2: Design Your Badges

When I first set out to make these, it was really hard and it took a bit for me to realize that these badges are mostly made out of simple shapes.  Once I figured that out, it was a lot easier to create them.  I had a really hard time with the flower one and I am still not happy with the outcome, but it will do for now.

I've provided screen shots for creating one of them.  If you have any questions about any of them, let me know and I'll help all I can.

Step 3: Cut

So you are ready to cut :)

You need to cover your board with tape to prevent burn marks.

I believe I used hairline for the cutting and 1 pt. for the etching.

Step 4: Finish and Assemble

Before assembling, I used my Polycrylic and put 2 coats on the front, one on the back, and one along the edge.  Make sure the badges have had plenty of time to dry before putting the glue on.

Once the badges are dry it is time to put the pins on them.

I used contact cement because Scoochmaroo said it would work great and it did.  To use, you put a bit of glue on both surfaces you want to stick together, then let that sit for about 15 minutes.  After 15 minutes, just stick the pieces together and voila! They stick :)

Step 5: Wear Them!

I think they turned out awesome!  I plan on giving them to my younger brother, though, because he is a bigger fan of Pokemon.  Hope he likes them!

Comments

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GhettoPidgeotto12 made it! (author)2015-09-19

Awesome! How do you get all the equipment though? Watch out Kanto, here I come! Lol jk.

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2016-08-31

I used laser cutters that were avialbel at my local Techshop, but I think you can find laser cutting serices online as well :)

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teamMewtwoPh made it! (author)2016-08-31

Pokemon in real life

http://www.pokemongo.ph/bbs/board.php?bo_table=Pokemon_Gotcha&wr_id=101

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Braza Rayquaza11 made it! (author)2015-09-19

I finally have proof Iv bet all 8 gyms!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2015-09-19

Mh hmmm :)

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BrendanTheSequeira made it! (author)2014-07-30

so.....can i challenge the pokemon league with these or are they just for show?

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2015-09-19

Just for show. My Pokemon are just pets and not fighters :)

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eggfooyoung made it! (author)2013-10-15

How did you know what size to make them?

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2015-09-19

I just kind of made it up. I made them what seemed to be a normal size for a badge and about what they looked like on Ash.

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h0n3y5un5h1n3 made it! (author)2013-02-13

These are wicked, and look rather sophisticated made out of wood.

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-02-13

Thank you :) I wanted to do them out of acrylic originally, but I'm glad I went with wood!

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IBreakHeavyStuff made it! (author)2012-12-10

Any chance of getting them in .svg or even .ai format? I only have inkscape, which doesn't import .eps files. Thanks a bunch!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-12-10

Does that one work?

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IBreakHeavyStuff made it! (author)IBreakHeavyStuff2012-12-12

Yes, thank-you! My kid brother will love these (awesome stocking stuffer). I'm going to do them in mdf and then paint them.

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2013-01-18

Sounds awesome! Would you post a picture when you're done so I can see how they turned out?

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toxicpaw100 made it! (author)2012-12-02

i am wanting to do this but i don,t have a laser cutter do you know any place i could get 1

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-12-03

I know they sell them different places online like Hurricane Lasers and Inventables.  Or you can use laser cutters at different Techshops :)

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pegasos made it! (author)2012-09-12

This is perfect!!! my little brother will love it!!!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-10-26

Awesome, awesome! That's what I like to hear!

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ssquiggle made it! (author)2012-10-26

This is gorgeous - I thought making the star shape in illustrator with two overlapping squares was pretty genius.

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-10-26

And the funny thing is, I didn't figure that out until after spending a whole bunch of time trying to draw it :D

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Travpena made it! (author)2012-08-09

do you remember the speed and power settings you used to cut and engrave them, or was it one with a setting pre-made for wood?

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-08-09

I used what a book said to use for wood and the type of Laser Cutter we have. I don't have the numbers with me now, but I can get them to you later today!

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Travpena made it! (author)Travpena2012-08-14

its alright i managed without it. By the way my friend loves them.

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-08-14

Awesome. Yeah, I just used the default settings for wood. Did you take a picture of them?

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Thergox made it! (author)2012-07-20

Where can I get my hands on a laser cutter?! Uber EPIC, these are. . .

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-07-20

Thanks! You can actually win one in the Hurricane Laser Contest!

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Thergox made it! (author)Thergox2012-07-20

Unfortunately, I am not capable of something that would fit in the contest, and even then, I don't have anywhere to put it. But thanks for the heads up.

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gabrieltaft made it! (author)2012-06-19

OMG These are the coolest things ever!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-06-26

Yeah, they're pretty awesome, aren't they!?!

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The Science Guy made it! (author)2012-06-25

Are you pulling my Pikachu?!

These are the some of the most awesome things ever!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-06-26

Thanks :D I'm quite proud of them!

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DucttapeNinja made it! (author)2012-06-26

Had you not mentioned wood or acrylic I would swear these things are made of win.

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-06-26

Haha! Awesome :)

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Dusk Shadows made it! (author)2012-06-07

OMG you have definitely caught them all you rock!!!!!

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-06-12

Thanks Dusk!

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Dusk Shadows made it! (author)Dusk Shadows2012-06-12

it's ok

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HMice made it! (author)2012-06-09

Will you make the Johto and Hoenn and Sinnoh and Unova badges?

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-06-12

Possibly, if I can find the time to design them up :)

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HMice made it! (author)HMice2012-06-12

Great!

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urtlesquirt made it! (author)2012-06-06

Which game are these from?

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-06-06

Should be red and blue, if I recall correctly :) They are from the Indigo league.

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urtlesquirt made it! (author)urtlesquirt2012-06-06

Coolio, thanks.

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HMice made it! (author)HMice2012-06-09

Also Firered and Leafgreen

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Treasure Tabby made it! (author)2012-06-05

You could probably use acrylic but you might have to either use epoxy for gluing or just melt with a hot nail or something.
None the less, its very neat. Its too bad you can't plate them in some kind of shiny medal.

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-06-06

I'm sure there is a glue that would work with acrylic. My main concern is that I wanted to use clear acrylic and the pin I glued to the back would show through to the front. I also think it would be fun to see some kind of shiny metal on it :)

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jessyratfink made it! (author)2012-06-05

These are seriously the best. :D

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Penolopy Bulnick made it! (author)Penolopy Bulnick2012-06-04

Thank you! Now you just have to decide what you want yours cut out of!

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