Introduction: Offline Commenting
As someone who spends a lot of time engaging with people online, I often think about how great it would to extend online commenting out into the greater world. Now, you may be saying to yourself, "What kind of world is greater than the internet?" Well, let me tell you, my internet companion, if you turn away from your computer screen, there is a big wide world out there; a magically tangible world of people and things!
Relax... there is no need to fret!
This transition from the online world into the real world is made easier by these things called "stamps." Like the similarly named "stamp" tool in Photoshop, a stamp allows you to replicate an image over and over in your file (or "environment," as they often call files in the real world). Now you can easily engage in the actual world with the same repetitive and meaningless interaction that would normally exclusively be reserved for the internet. Does it get any better than this?
(on a side note, none of this commenting behavior is encouraged on Instructables.com. Cut it out kids!)
Step 1: Go Get Stuff:
Step 2: Write Out Your Words
Download the attached file, open it in Corel Draw and change the comments to suit your needs.
There are 3 different sized stamp files for you to work with.
You should obviously make your stamps the size of the stamp pad (typically listed on the box it came in).
One thing I have come to find is that it is ideal for the text to fill as much as the stamp surface as possible (or you may get ink on the corners of the pad). However, you should still leave a small margin around the edge of the stamp.
If you want to start your file from scratch, make your squares the size of the stamp surface and then fill them with test. Next make the text white and the fill of the squares black. Once you have done that, invert the whole image so that the text reads backwards.
Step 3: Raster Cut
Turn on your laser cutter and air filtration system.
Align your rubber in the back left corner of the laser bed.
Print the file using the following raster setting:
You will probably want to do a second pass (do not move your material inside the laser cutter). Print your file again, this time turning off the auto-focus.
Step 4: Modify the File
Delete all of your text (or make it invisible). Remove the black fill from your stamp squares to that they have a transparent fill (alpha).
(Don't move your materials inside the laser cutter. Leave it alone!)
Step 5: Vector Cut
Now that your file is prepared as a ling drawing, your next job is to vector cut it out of the sheet. For this, make 2 passes using the following vector settings:
Step 6: Clean Off the Stamps
The stamps will now be covered in nasty rubber dust.
You can try washing them off in the sink using your paintbrush and a citrus based soap. I found this didn't work too well.
What I ended up doing was brushing them off while dry using a dry brush (this may be a bad idea and I don't recommend this as such fine rubber dust can't be good for you).
Step 7: Cut From the Sheet
Chances are, that the two vector passes did not completely cut the stamps out, but left a nice set of guides for cutting/ripping them out.
Cut or rip the stamps from the sheet.
Step 8: Mount
Make sure your stamps are completely dry and then mount them on the self-inking stamp pad by peeling back the adhesive cover and pressing them firmly in place.
Step 9: Stamp a Label
Stamp a label and attach it to the top of your stamp so that you know what stamp it is and which side is up.
This is very important!
Step 10: Comment
Make your pressing comments upon life.