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In this instructable we will be laser cutting a engine gasket. " I made it at Techshop". www.techshop.ws 
 
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Step 1: Creating a gasket file

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Scan original gasket. Import image to Autodesk, trace and export as DXF file. Then import into Corel Draw or Illustrator. Copy and paste for multiple gaskets.

Step 2: Set up machine

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Load gasket material on tray. In the preferences window in the "optimize" drop bar set to "inside out". Settings for this material was, speed 90, power 35, and frequency 5,000. 

Step 3: Laser cut your gasket's

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Once properly set up just press the button :) and there you have it!
johnktruong (author) 1 year ago
I have not tried etching photos on the laser cutter, but I have seen it done. At my local Techshop people have etch images similar to logos on metal, plastic and wood. Portraits would be something I'll ask next time I'm in. As for the materials, theres a list of about ten specific types metals, plastic and foams that are not recommended, probably for your own safety. I'll keep you posted with my findings.
thanks for you interest,
-J
Where do you get your gasket material?
Have you tried etching a photographic image with this machine? If so, what material did you use?
Nice one John!