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Check out some of the different etchings people had us do at the Web 2.0 expo.

We were definitely the coolest booth there -- here's proof.

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Patrik (author)2008-04-29

Wow - you guys have been busy! I'm going to have to do some serious thinking about what I'd like to get decorated at Maker's Faire. Work laptop? - Nope. Crappy Vista home laptop? - NOPE! Dinky non-camera cell phone because work doesn't allow cameras on the premises - Nah. That leaves, what - my glasses? :-D

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GorillazMiko (author)Patrik2008-05-01

If only I lived with you...

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fungus amungus (author)Patrik2008-04-29

Hmm... I totally need something on my work computer. That was you with the wooden bowls at Yuri's night, right? Didn't get to properly meet out there. Be sure to say hi when you're at Maker Faire. I should be there all day Saturday. Sunday I'll be at my wife's birthday party doing flying trapeze.

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Patrik (author)fungus amungus2008-04-29

Which reminds me - I should really put my pictures of the bowls online at some point.

I'll definitely drop by on Saturday. Carla may or may not be there as well, but her cell phone definitely will be, if you know what I mean...

Flying trapeze, eh? I think you owe us an instructable. Unless that was a euphemism, of course... ;-)

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fungus amungus (author)Patrik2008-04-30

Heh, no it's not a euphemism. We'll be going to Circus Center in San Francisco. Apparently, it's one of only a couple places you can do it.

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Karv (author)2008-04-30

When and where will you be doing this again?

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joejoerowley (author)2008-04-27

Very Cool! I am going to bring something to the make faire. :)

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canida (author)joejoerowley2008-04-28

Awesome. We'll engrave it!

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joejoerowley (author)canida2008-04-28

Cool! Should I just bring a jpeg of a jump drive or something? Thanks

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A hi-res image in .jpg or .png is good. Even better is an .eps if you have the vector files. Put the files on a flash drive and you're good to go.

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Cool! Will do! Thanks for the info. Look forward to seeing you this sunday (2,000 miles away from where I am right now ! :) This is going to be so cool!

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Sunday, huh? Won't be able to meet you, I'm afraid. I'm only there on Saturday.

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Wow, I meant saturday. That is also the only day I am going to be there. Thats awesome! So I will be able to check out the booth. Very cool! Can I bring a frosted glass for you to cut? Thanks

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Sunbanks (author)joejoerowley2008-04-27

The forum says you posted -13 seconds ago :O

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joejoerowley (author)Sunbanks2008-04-27

Yeah, I have ninja speed and agility :)

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xACIDITYx (author)2008-04-29

Is there anywhere I can use one?

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Patrik (author)xACIDITYx2008-04-29

Hmm... you may be able to find an outfit like TechShop near you somewhere. Looks like the closest they've gotten so far is Durham, NC - not exactly next door. But there may be other outfits offering similar services. If there is any sort of DIY organization in Pittsburgh, they may be able to tell you where to go.

Another approach might be to try from the supplier's side. A little digging shows that Allegheny Educational Systems in Natrona Heights is the exclusive distributor of Epilog laser systems to educational facilities in New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. You may be able to call them up and find out if there's a workshop near you that offers access to their laser cutter.

Alternatively - if you don't mind working with the materials they provide, you can always send a design to Ponoko, and have them cut/engrave it for you...

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xACIDITYx (author)Patrik2008-04-29

I'll see if I can find one around here. As for Ponoko, that won't work for me because I want the Instructables robor engraved on my PSP (would that be possible? on the battery pack cover.) or my cell phone. If I do find a place, do they generally charge any money?

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Patrik (author)xACIDITYx2008-04-29

It's an $8000+ piece of equipment. So yeah, they'll definitely charge. Unless they happen to be Really Cool People. But hey, where can you still find those, these days? ;-)

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xACIDITYx (author)Patrik2008-04-30

...So yeah, they'll definitely charge. Unless they happen to be Really Cool People. But hey, where can you still find those, these days? ;-)...

If we had an Instructables HQ over here in the East Coast I could stop by there. BTW, if we do get a HQ in the EastCoast, PLEASE put it in PA. ;)

What about Home Depot or Lowes? Do they have laser cutters there? I wonder if they could do it...

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zachninme (author)xACIDITYx2008-04-29

Yeah, they charge. I know Ladyada runs a place in NY that charges, I believe, $50 for a `gadget`, and $100 for a laptop.

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chunkyblamm (author)2008-04-28

Are you gonna be at the expo when it comes to the east coast?

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lemonshark10 (author)2008-04-28

The high school i am going to does this on site as a fund raiser for the school and you can choose your own design

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fordman15243 (author)2008-04-28

It sux, mah mom is making me get mah name engraved on mah zune... why can't she put something cool on there, like a dragon or a car... OR A DRAGON CAR!!!!!!!

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Weissensteinburg (author)2008-04-27

Cool! Did they all already have designs, or what?

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canida (author)Weissensteinburg2008-04-28

We offered the basics: Robot and/or text. Anything else they brought along on a USB key. Since we were there for three days, many of them thought about it overnight and came back with their favorite art; others etched their corporate logo.

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Brennn10 (author)2008-04-27

Web 2.0 expo is definitely added to my list. That looks so cool! I really love the fifth picture.

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LinuxH4x0r (author)2008-04-27

Lucky! I wish I was there

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Goodhart (author)2008-04-27
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xACIDITYx (author)2008-04-27

Where can I get something like this done and how much would it cost?

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