To get started you need to get the right stuff.
Unfortunatly it's not that
cheap. There are a ton of instructions out there to other products that work for marking metals, and depending on the product and the base metal they may work okay
. We tried a bunch of stuff on a bunch of different substrates and you really do get what you pay for. Our advice: get the right stuff.
So you will need:
A vector based drawing program (Adobe Illustrator, Rhino, AutoCAD, etc)
1 laser engraver (Full Spectrum Laser 36x24 used here)
1 can of Cermark (LMM-6000)
1 sheet of metal to be marked (6061 aluminum shown here) (McMasterCarr
rubbing alcohol+paper towels
nitrile gloves (optional)
plywood to make jigs (optional)