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Laser etching pics from web 2.0 Answered

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

10 years ago

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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fungus amungusPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

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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Patrikfungus amungus

Reply 10 years ago

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 amungusPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

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

10 years ago

When and where will you be doing this again?

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joejoerowley

10 years ago

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

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joejoerowleycanida

Reply 10 years ago

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

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fungus amungusjoejoerowley

Reply 10 years ago

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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joejoerowleyfungus amungus

Reply 10 years ago

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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fungus amungusjoejoerowley

Reply 10 years ago

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

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joejoerowleyfungus amungus

Reply 10 years ago

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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xACIDITYx

10 years ago

Is there anywhere I can use one?

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PatrikxACIDITYx

Reply 10 years ago

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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xACIDITYxPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

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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PatrikxACIDITYx

Reply 10 years ago

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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xACIDITYxPatrik

Reply 10 years ago

...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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zachninmexACIDITYx

Reply 10 years ago

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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xACIDITYx

10 years ago

Why am I crazy?

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chunkyblamm

10 years ago

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

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lemonshark10

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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

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canidaWeissensteinburg

Reply 10 years ago

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

10 years ago

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

10 years ago

Lucky! I wish I was there

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Goodhart

10 years ago

Very very nice

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xACIDITYx

10 years ago

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