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"Massively Reduce Laser Etching Time" Answered

The guys over at Redtorope.com have been addressing a way to reduce the cost of laser etched/cut projects when having a job done or reduce the wear and tear on one you or your company owns. It's not really a hack or a hardware fix, just an exercise in thinking within the operating parameters of the machine. Really well done and explained in such a way that others will be able to apply to their own projects. Well done fellas! 

http://www.redtorope.com/2010/11/massively-reduce-laser-etching-time/

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PDRWLSN
PDRWLSN

10 years ago

Don't know what make laser you're using but Epilog lasers use color mapping to accomplish what rotating did. Simply color your graphics and the laser will burn just that color all the way down before moving over to the next color graphics.

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(YOUR N
(YOUR N

10 years ago

dident work :( mabye i got it wrong

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Kiteman
Kiteman

10 years ago

Bit of a slap-to-the-forehead moment, that.

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Jayefuu
Jayefuu

Reply 10 years ago

Yup!

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scoochmaroo
scoochmaroo

Reply 10 years ago

I will let you set up my laser etching before all projects from now on. I do not understand the big machine with the lasers. I bow to your superior knowledge.

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jeff-o
jeff-o

10 years ago

Well, that makes perfect sense to me! I guess it wouldn't be a problem if you could etch on both axes, but this seems like a sensible workaround until that feature is added.

Now all I need is a laser cutter.

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Kryptonite
Kryptonite

10 years ago

Just a bit of thought can really help!

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kelseymh
kelseymh

10 years ago

Interesting! I wonder if, as laser cutters become more prevalent, whether some of the commerical CAD manufacturers won't start including this as an optimization flag in their packages. The good ones already do optimization to minimize CNC milling waste.