This is an easy-to-make desktop name plate, that sits upright on your desk. It comes in three pieces, and you need to glue the two side pieces to the front piece. I used 1/8" baltic birch plywood, but if you use a different thickness, you will need to adjust the size of the interlocking cutouts.

Step 1: Download and customize template

Download the attached SVG or PDF file (both are included in the ZIP archive). I created the SVG file with Inkscape, so beware if you import this SVG into Corel Draw, there might be some scaling issues (I have heard that different programs assume different relationships between SVG units and real-world units). I would suggest editing it in Inkscape, exporting a PDF, then importing the PDF into Corel for laser cutting. You can also just import the PDF here directly into Corel and editing it that way.

Edit the name and choose a cool font. You can add vector or raster images as artwork for your project. Each object can have a fill and a stroke around the outline. For all objects you want to engrave, use a fill but no outline. For all objects you want to cut out, use no fill but add an outline, and make sure the outline has width "hairline" in Corel Draw. The colors for each depend on your specific laser cutter settings, but I like to use pure black (#000000) for engraving and pure red (#FF0000) for vector cuts.
You'll find it looks a lot nicer if you give it a once-over with some sandpaper to clean off the smoke-marks.

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