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This Instructable will show you how to use a laser cutter to etch anodized aluminum. I live near a DIY workshop called TechShop - they have $1M worth ...
I start here with the blank, black, anodized aluminum faceplate for my DIY home power amplifier.
Here is the machine I will use - an Epilog 45 Watt laser. Inside the laser is an 18" x 24" bed that holds whatever pieces you will ...
First, you place your piece in the far left corner. You insert a tool for focusing the laser as seen in the picture.
You use the control panel on the front of the laser to do the focusing by setting the distance that the laser is above your material. You push ...
Next you bring your file into a graphical editor, in this case CorelDRAW. This front panel was actually designed in AutoCAD as part of a sheet metal design ...
Next, hit print like you would in any application. This brings up a typical windows print dialog box. Click on preferences. (Apologies if pictures are a bit blurry, ...
You click print, go to the laser cutter and swing the plexiglass cover down over the work area, and then push the Go button on the laser cutter ...
Here is the final result, a professional looking front panel (it looks like it was professionally silk screened) installed on the "Menard Audio" power amplifier.
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