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  • TomDG commented on saul's instructable Laser Etching Macintosh Powerbooks.1 month ago
    Laser Etching Macintosh Powerbooks.

    It's theoretically possible. The way I do it I convert images in Illustrator using the Image Trace function under the Object Menu. It creates a vector out of an image and converts it to black and white. There are other options for Image Trace but they wouldn't work with the lasers I've used since they only recognize a few different colors and each one has to be mapped to a certain function of the laser. Once you have finished your Image Trace to your liking you can resize it without any loss in detail (Yay, vectors!). Resize it to fit on the back of your iPad Mini 2 and position / rotate it as necessary. Once you've done that then you're pretty much good to go. Just enter in the settings for the laser, get everything in focus, and engrave away. I know this is 2 years old now, but I figu...see more »It's theoretically possible. The way I do it I convert images in Illustrator using the Image Trace function under the Object Menu. It creates a vector out of an image and converts it to black and white. There are other options for Image Trace but they wouldn't work with the lasers I've used since they only recognize a few different colors and each one has to be mapped to a certain function of the laser. Once you have finished your Image Trace to your liking you can resize it without any loss in detail (Yay, vectors!). Resize it to fit on the back of your iPad Mini 2 and position / rotate it as necessary. Once you've done that then you're pretty much good to go. Just enter in the settings for the laser, get everything in focus, and engrave away. I know this is 2 years old now, but I figured it might be helpful for others who come across it.

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