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Laser engraving on Leather - filling engraving with paint

I've just had two leather wristbands laser engraved with a custom graphic. Unfortunately, though the engraving is clear and crisp, the dark color of the engraving and the leather makes the graphic hard to see. It is only visible in bright, hard light. How would I go about making the engraved graphic more visible? I thought about perhaps filling in the engraving with a light-colored paint, but how would I go about doing that? With wood, I would just slop on acrylic paint and then wipe the excess off with a tissue, leaving the paint in the crevasses. But would that also work with leather? Would the paint wipe off properly? I'm too scared to do anything to the wristbands yet since I've spent a lot of time, effort and money getting them custom engraved. Any advice would be very helpful please! :D

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3D or correctly 2.5D engravings on wood with a CO2 laser

Due a lack of correct forum sections I just post in the tech department, hoping the right people will find it ;) I did some tests with my CO2 laser cutter to find out how good or bad it works for 2.5D engravings. Turns out not too bad really. But during those tests I often noticed that I have areas where the wood is burnt while in areas with other power levels the wood is vaporised without charring, looks totally clean. So of course this meant further investigation on the topic but to my surprise my Google skills seem to get rusty as I could not find anything of use. As I am still planning to do a full Instructable on the topic of 2.5D engraving it was time to do more detailed tests myself. My machine uses an Arduino Mega as the controller, running on a modified MarlinKimbra release, so I had no problem adjusting all required parameters. Here are some of my findings so far: Once the power levels are high enough to do real damage to wood instead of just darkening it, there are levels that just vaporise the wood. I did not test the full power range but there seem to be several "sweet spots" for the power, above and below the wood will be burnt instead of a clean vaporising. Next step was to check this behaviour with changing PWM frewunecies for the laser firing. Started with a know power level that vaporises and adjusted only the PWM frequency. Lowering the frequency soon caused charring, increasing the frequency had very little effect. Next was a lower power level that with the original PWM frequency would charr the wood. Here lowering the frequency caused more charring, at quite low frequencies to the point that the kerf suffered massively. Increasing the frequency again allowed to find a sweet spot where the wood would vaporise rather than burn. So I am wondering if anyone else has done tests in this regard or knows of any links with more info?

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Can you engrave on an item that has been painted?

I wondered if a wood item can be painted before or after engraving?

Question by LorraineL20  


How should I go about engraving this handle?

So I've recently being trying to replicate Prince Nuada's spear from Hellboy II, and it seems that the hardest bit will be the middle bit with all its fancy engravings and whatnot (The section between the blade and the handle). Im unsure what I should use and how exactly to engrave it all. I would really rather not resort to painting it on, but if I engrave it into wood I'm worried that after a couple of coats of primer and paint I will loose all the detail. I want it to be fairly strong so I may have to resin over the engravings if I dremel the design out of wood, which would make it even less visible. What do you think would be the best way to engrave it all out?

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How can I set up a dental tool as a high speed hobby engraver? Answered

I have this:  http://www.dickblick.com/products/iwata-sprint-jet-studio-compressor/#itemspecs  Compressor and I know it can't run it with something like this:  http://www.treelineusa.com/power-carving/pneumatic-tools/nks-presto-handpiece.html or can I? What I don't know is can it run a dental tool. Something like this:  http://www.ebay.com/itm/Portable-Dental-Air-Turbine-Unit-4-Holes-2-High-Speed-Push-Button-Handpiece-/251980511734?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash;=item3aab3579f6 Though that thing says / w compressor... I don't think that thing is a compressor.  Can anyone shed some light on this for me? I would love to be able to carve into wood or eggs or do calligraphy with one of these tools

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HELP! An engraver bit is stuck in my dremel! Answered

I just got a dremel on Monday. I've been testing it out with the different bits I got with it. I just used the No. 107 engraver bit to practice engraving on some scrap wood. I used the right collet (3/32) and didn't tighten it too hard. I have a dremel 4000. I wanted to use the multipurpose cutter bit so I unscrewed the the collet nut and expected to be able to slip the bit out, but I couldn't . I couldn't even get it out with pliers. PLEASE HELP ME! 

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CNC Stepper Motor and Controller Board Inquiry: What is the torque, motor size, threshold for dremel tool to engrave ?

CNC Stepper Motor and Controller Board Inquiry:Even with the extensive research and links I have visited it seems I got the cart before the horse with a bit of ebay bidding fever in purchasing my stepper motor.I just purchased 4 pieces new SHINANO KENSHI Co. ball bearing stepper motors Part # STP-42D201-36, 1.8 DEG, 200 Step/Rev, 3.7V, 3.1A/Phase, Size 17 with a 5mm shaft. I will be making a computerized dremel tool ENGRAVER (not cutter) to start. I do understand that a CNC, for cutting out shapes, requires more torque than the STP-42D201-36 will put out. I however wish to engrave, only partially cut into the surface of wood to render my artwork, some which can be seen at http://designermite.net/. These will initially consist of line work but then later I will render halftone work.I do own and work with Gerber Advantage 6.0 Premier and Omega software with Gerber HS/15 PLUS plotter creating vinyl graphics and logos that you might see on store windows, car, truck and van lettering. So I do have a working knowledge of the basic skills needed.I need help on what sort of setup I should be leaning towards that would work with my CURRENT purchase. What is the torque rating, motor size, specs threshold for dremel tool to engrave properly?Some have been very helpful via email and for that I thank you and others have just lived up to thier names of being cranky, claiming they invented everthing under the sun, with short two word sarcastic answers when I actually wished to purchase their plans.. go figure.Thank you in advance for your timecnc, stepper motor, stepper motor control board, computerized router, engraving, CNC Router Plans, cnc engraver plans, CNC http://designermite.net/Homemade Milling Machine, homemade DIY cnc mill router machine,x axis y axis z axis, GCode, Computer Numeric Control, robotic systems ,computer parallel port, step and direction, DXF, plot, plt

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What laser do I need for laser etching?

The questions says it all; I am planning to build a custom 2-axis computer controller etching machine out of a modified ink-jet printer. The motorisation and computation part it not a problem yet, however I have no clue where to start from about looking for a laser. I am looking foward engraving/etching wood, metal, plastic and some other soft materials. I do not plan to CUT these however. I do not know what kind of laser I am exactly looking for, nor it's power or anything else I should be aware of, including where to order it from. Even, will a DVD burner diode do the job? If you have any past experience with laser etching, or laser technology, please contribute as I would be very grateful. Thank you.

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Need Partner for LED Project

Hello - I have a burning desire to make a shoji panel that contains leds and will run an automated program called the Knights Journey. I will create the wood box, shoji screen, and would like to find someone who is able to create the instructions for building the tech logic. This will be a joint project. I can also provide funding if needed for the right person. A little about me: I am a Linux engineer, own a home laser cutter and love beautiful sights. I work full time as a contractor for PayPal, previously Charles Schwabb, University of Phoenix, Godaddy, and other companies. I would love to learn to make the led part myself, but quite honestly I just don't have the time, or mental resources to focus on learning it from scratch. Thanks Zach

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Super iPod, USB Fridge, Wood-Fired Hot Tub...

Sign-up for our newsletter here. Nov. 29, 2007 Welcome back. Don't forget to enter our Thanksgiving ReuseChallenge. Win an engraved bamboo cutting board! Check out all these cool Instructables! $5 Mini USB Fridge! Keep your drinks coldnext to your computer with the power coming out of your USBport.postedby babblin5 on Nov 28, 2007 High-powered LED Mag-lite Conversion Make you Mag-Liteshine brighter and longer with the addition of a dozen LEDs. posted by MustangChris429 on Nov 27, 2007 How to Make Delicious, Healthy Homemade Potato Chips With aMicrowave! Make your chips withwhatever seasonings you like!postedby thatkidwithayoyo on Nov 22,2007 How to build a wood-fired hot tub It's getting colderout there so build a hot tub for less than $75 and stay warm thiswinter.postedby veloboy on Nov 26, 2007 How To Turn an ice cream Stick Into aKey Make a copy of a keywith a popsicle stick and some simple tools.postedby tycoyoken on Nov 26,2007 Replicating body parts in plaster Preserve a part ofyourself forever with a plaster replica.postedby donnauwanna on Nov 25,2007 Super iPod Mega is the new mini soit's time to make an iPod pillowcase that plays music and has fabricbuttons to control it.postedby sun on Nov 24, 2007 Win a laser cutter worth over$15,000! Cook a Chicken in 15 minutes with an old can, a beerbottle, and some hay. Warm yourself up witha quick fire that delivers a roasted chicken. posted by dandym on Nov 22, 2007 The Poor Mans Paint Job: How to paint your car for$75 Try on a different carcolor with this new trick for painting with Rustoleum.postedby Styluss on Nov 27, 2007 Ultra-cheap router lift Make the router lift onyour own and save over $100. postedby Vestus on Nov 25, 2007   Now gomake something awesome, and I'll see you next week! -Eric

Topic by lebowski  


Laser diode driver? Answered

Dear all.. I would like to use this circuit (please see photo) for driver a laser diode to  engraving wood  -Item Name:ML101U29-25 (Mitsubishi) Power output: CW 300mW Pulse Power: 400mW Working Current: <340mA Working Voltage:2.2-3.0V  I know about this formula I = V/R But in this circuit I am not sure for calculate current .So please could you help me to know how many (mil.amp) I must setting for 9 volts power with maximum output 300mW (with safe laser diode ). -Or you show me other best circuit Many thank you.

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3D cutter or mechanism to hold various power tools controlled via computer

I'm looking for a project or site where I can find knowledge on building a rig to enable the carving of an item from a top down point of view.I've seen images of people's engraving setup's which is close to what I'd like, but I need it to be more. As a simple example of what I'd like to do is if I had a cube block of wood, use this rig to say carve/shape a pyramid. I'd write myself a program to control various motors based on some sort of data that held the model of the pyramid. Thanks.

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Laser cutting projects?

Woah!! I just found a laser cutting workshop near my home! Give me some links of projects which "You Like The Most"! Is there any portal for laser cutting ideas, projects and ready plans and tutorials? *** UPDATE: I have made some 3D models in 'Autodesk 123D'. But I how can I convert the surfaces to 2D, so that I can use them in laser cutter. I am unable to figure it out. Please Help! *** UPDATE: 123D has now a very cool feature for all Laser-Philic folks! Now we can add 2D sheets in 123D for laser cutting. btw, I am now well aquainted with Google Sketchup and using it for all of my laser cutting work. To learn how to use Google Sketchup for laser cutting, see this cool Instructable from user 'flightsofideas': https://www.instructables.com/id/SketchUp-Inkscape-and-Ponoko-Laser-Cutting/

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What to ask when buying a laser cutting machine?

Hello, I am new to laser cutting machines, I need some guidelines, I need laser cutter to cut fabric or engrave wood and plastic, I contacted a manuacturer is China and they have a 40 Watt machine with 60cm X 40cm cutting area, for approx. $4000 (Canadian) the same type of machine here in Canada is approx. $12,000+ tax, so why the Chinese machine is so much cheaper ? quality ? but how bad could it be?? my main question is what do I need to know when I am buying a laser cutter? and what shall I ask the Chinese manufacturer to make sure I am geting the right machine.

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Where can I get One time Access to a laser cutter ?

I am just starting to read about laser engravings and want to make a gift out of them (like a toast etched on wood ). I am wondering where can I access a laser cutter for such small one time use ? Techshop is expensive for my case since I dont need a month membership to make it.  I dont think they offer daily membership any more.  fab lab surprisingly is not avaialbe in bay area.  I probably need access only  2/3 times so wondering is there any other solution I can get for around 30-40$ per day access? i dont want to use Ponoko as I would like to be the one who made it :-)

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I Have My K'nex Back!

Well, I've got some explaining to do.  It turns out my K'nex was never actually sold.  My parents hid my K'nex from me, telling me they sold it, only to give it back to me extremely recently under one stipulation: I can't build guns anymore, unfortunately.  Trust me, I'm not complaining; I'm just ecstatic that I can build with them again.  I'm sorry for the huge lack of activity lately, but I haven't had that many ideas before I got my K'nex back.  My first K'nex creation in a while is this really cool compact lock.  Being K'nex, of course, I wouldn't advise that you lock anything with it, but it is nigh on impossible to open with force unless the button is pushed, or you deconstruct the lock itself.  It is powered completely by tension, and doesn't need any rubber bands or power source other than the K'nex from which it is made.  It is also extremely fun to mess around with, and I could spend about an hour just fiddling with the mechanism; such is my attention span.  I'm thinking about working on instructions, but I wanted to see what you guys thought of it first. The second thing I'd like to share with you all is this 3D Owl I printed over at Fab Lab in Chicago at the Museum of Science and Industry.  I would like to sincerely thank Matt Chalker, the head executive of the Museum of Science and Industry's Fab Lab, the museum itself, and all that make Fab Labs possible for such a wonderful experience.  Along with this owl, we made many things out of wood via the wood laser engraver, and finger puppets for each member of my family, depicting our faces, of course. (I have more pictures of both the owl and the lock.  If anyone is interested, I could post them in the comments.  They're pretty much the items on different backgrounds, though.) Enjoy! -DarkOwl

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(newsletter) Kilo-Lumen Bike Light, Sparkleball, Amazing Pumpkin Pie...

Nov 26, 2008 Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup1","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); } Welcome back! Making something sweet for the holidays? Then enter it in the Holiday Treats Contest and win a custom laser-etched rolling pin! Show us your best creation powered by AA, AAA, C, or D batteries and win a full set of eneloop rechargeable batteries in the SANYO eneloop Battery Powered Contest! Color a robot and send it in to help us decorate Eric's office!Coming very soon... our biggest contest yet! Any project using tools will be eligible, so start tinkering now! (no-melt) Sparkleball by sparkleball_lady Perfect Oven Sweet Potato Fries by jessyratfink Cook a Huge Dinner w/ Spreadsheets by canida Kilo-Lumen bike headlight by kc6qhp Win a sweet set of rechargeable batteries! Win a custom laser-engravedrolling pin! Homemade Flavored Marshmallows by cainunable Build a Greenhouse for under $25 by PondPlantGirl Turn a Photo into a Stencil! by Weissensteinburg Amazingly Smooth Pumpkin Pie by ewilhelm "Dead" Battery Lamp by zjharva Arduino Controlled Servo Robot by Stuart.Mcfarlan Modular Pie-cosahedron by turkey tek Bicycle Oil Lantern by alpacalypse Make a gift special with these customizable Instructables Vote for your favorites! How to make Soft Drinks by SFHandyman Bench Saw Table for a Wood Lathe by Phil B Cranberry Relish by LasVegas Hard Drive Persistence of Vision by vishnubob Now go make something awesome, and I'll see you next week! - Eric Sign-up for this newsletter: function openSubscribePopUp(src){ var emailValidate = /\w{1,}[@][\w\-]{1,}([.]([\w\-]{1,})){1,3}$/ if(emailValidate.test(src.value) == false){ alert("Please enter correct email"); return; } window.open("/newsletter/newslettersignup?email=" + src.value,"newslettersignup2","status=yes,scrollbars=yes,resizable=yes,width=420,height=250"); }

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Show & Tell with Build Night: Friday, 20 July 6:30pm

Didn't win a laser cutter? No worries- bring your phone, ipod, or MacBook and use ours! We're holding another Show & Tell here at Instructables HQ! The event kicks off with snacks and Build Night demos from 6:30-8, featuring some of the people you've seen around the site. We'll start the regular Show & Tell session at about 8:15, and if time permits give some control tower tours!Make sure to bring something to show off for the Show & Tell, or some food or drink to share with the crowd! Show us something you've made or a neat trick you've learned, tell us something neat about your research, or anything else quick and awesome you'd like to share.Build Night Demos:Lasercutting with ewilhelmBring something to laser-engrave! Plastic, wood, leather, and anodized metals work well.Wooden Puzzles with lkrasnowCome play with Lee's fantastic wooden puzzles, and check out his website.Stencils with fungus amungus and noahwBring your own t-shirt, and a pre-cut stencil or some great ideas! They've got ink and tools.Marshmallow Shooters with intoonBuild your own marshmallow shooter with the Howtoons interns! Ammo provided!Core Memory with Mark RichardsCheck out Mark's fantastic photographs of vintage computers, and get a signed copy of the book!Homemade Ice cream with AndreaHelp churn your own ice cream in Andrea's classic hand-crank machine!Schedule6:30-8pm Build Night Demos8:15-9:30pm Show & TellLocation: Instructables, 2175 Monarch St, Alameda, CANote that the mapping programs don't get our location exactly right. We're in the control tower at the old Alameda naval air base.Directions here that work best when coupled with the map of the base. I'll see about updating them; in the meantime, PM me if you've got any questions.

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Show & Tell with Build Night: Friday, 20 July 6:30pm

Didn't win a laser cutter? No worries- bring your phone, ipod, or MacBook and use ours! We're holding another Show & Tell here at Instructables HQ! The event kicks off with snacks and Build Night demos from 6:30-8, featuring some of the people you've seen around the site. We'll start the regular Show & Tell session at about 8:15, and if time permits give some control tower tours!Make sure to bring something to show off for the Show & Tell, or some food or drink to share with the crowd! Show us something you've made or a neat trick you've learned, tell us something neat about your research, or anything else quick and awesome you'd like to share.This is an extremely kid-friendly event, so bring the whole family!Build Night Demos:Lasercutting with ewilhelmBring something to laser-engrave! Plastic, wood, leather, and anodized metals work well.Wooden Puzzles with lkrasnowCome play with Lee's fantastic wooden puzzles, and check out his website.Stencils with fungus amungus and noahwBring your own t-shirt, and a pre-cut stencil or some great ideas! They've got ink and tools.Harry Potter wands with canidaHeading out to the midnight book release? You'll need a wand!Marshmallow Shooters with intoonBuild your own marshmallow shooter with the Howtoons interns! Ammo provided!Core Memory with Mark RichardsCheck out Mark's fantastic photographs of vintage computers, and get a signed copy of the book!Homemade Ice cream with AndreaHelp churn your own ice cream in Andrea's classic hand-crank machine!Schedule6:30-8pm Build Night Demos8:15-9:30pm Show & TellLocation: Instructables, 2175 Monarch St, Alameda, CANote that the mapping programs don't get our location exactly right. We're in the control tower at the old Alameda naval air base.Directions here that work best when coupled with the map of the base. I'll see about updating them; in the meantime, PM me if you've got any questions.

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Electric Ukelele & Viola, Violin or Octave Violin Build

I am searching for inexpensive means to create aesthetically pleasing electric stringed instruments. I started this project when I started playing viola years after I was forced to quit private lessons. I discovered the F-f-fiddle on openfab.com which is a super rad 3d printed electric violin but since I do not have access to any 3D printer in the tiny town which I reside in, I sent the files to an online 3D printing business and they quoted me at least $500 just for the Fffiddle body! I didn't even bother to ask for a quote on the electric ukelele which I want to print & build so badly as well. I am interested in this project so that I can possibly help low income public school students in creating their own instruments to inspire them to take up an instrument and show them how much fun it can be to create something by yourself rather than buy. I am especially interested in acrylic plastic/lucite/celluloid, resins, exotic wood, recycled plastics, plastic injection molding, piezo pickups, and any other interesting materials that could be incorporated into these projects. I have been studying luthier tools, supplies, etc, along with design/fabrication of lucite/acrylic stringed instruments, furniture and other home goods. 3D printing/scanning, vintage celluloid guitar finishes, pre amps, recycling plastic bottles, landfill harmonic instruments, leather, pearl inlay, metallic finishes, enameling kilns, metal smithing, hand engraving & everything in between. I have been a mixed media artist for nearly my entire life and my father was a jeweler. I am going to find a way to create some functional and beautiful instruments no matter how long it takes me to narrow down the right combination of materials and how to make them, model them, mold them, dye them, etc! The photos attached are simply inspirational photos which I have collected over the past 6-8 months. Many of them are possibly patented, licensed, etc and I do NOT want to simply RIP OFF any of these photos! Please email me at svbacklund@gmail.com if you believe you could help me with my low income student instruments program or leads on 3d printing grants for public schools or anything else that may help me on my latest project or contact me directly via my instructables question here. I especially am interested in creating an electric violin which incorporates both classical and contemporary design. Any advice? Could you help?

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