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Project by Woodshopteacher posted 04-21-2009 11:02 PM 3255 views 0 times favorited 15 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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My students use a laser engraver to embellish their projects.

-- Mr. B





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brunob

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#1 posted 04-21-2009 11:08 PM

I want one of those!

-- Bruce from Central New York...now, if you'll pardon me, I have some sawdust to make.

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Karson

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#2 posted 04-21-2009 11:19 PM

Very nice. It would be very nice to have and use. Is that real speed or has it been sped up for viewing?

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Woodshopteacher

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#3 posted 04-21-2009 11:24 PM

The videos are playing in real time. If anything, the Internet sometimes makes them look slower.

-- Mr. B

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Karson

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#4 posted 04-21-2009 11:39 PM

How deep is the cut, or is that controlled by the power setting.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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Woodshopteacher

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#5 posted 04-21-2009 11:49 PM

You can feel the engraving with your fingers. This is a 35 watt machine. The slower the speed you set, the deeper and darker the image. You can run it several times to go really deep. I have cut through 1/8” plywood. It will do any font, any image. I scanned and made photos of my grandsons on maple. You can cut into paper, cardboard, leather, glass, wood, etc… Cut into the back of mirror with a reverse image and paint it black to make it look as if it is floating in the mirror. Use the rotary attachment to run wine glasses. My students even do the backs of their cell phones.

-- Mr. B

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Hacksaw

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#6 posted 04-22-2009 12:31 AM

Nice! I have been ready for a long time to start my homebrew laser engraver now perhaps it’s the time…oh wait Morris Chair for the wife first then new toy for me :)

-- Nothing's impossible...it just gets expensive

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 04-22-2009 01:10 AM

That looks like a handy little gadget :-)) Does it compensate for the round surface of the pen with some diameter setting in the software?

There was a carving machine running on this same sort of principle at the Wood Show in Seattle last weekend. I thought it was pretty cool, but sort of cheating a little at the same time, if yiou know what I mean? :-))

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Woodshopteacher

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#8 posted 04-22-2009 02:54 AM

It will stay in focus if the highs and lows aren’t too far apart. You would have so much fun with this, that the cheating part of it wouldn’t bother you much. Besides, we teach students how to use new technology so they can go right out to work. Like it or not, CNC is what everyone is going to. This is not meant to offend anyone… I’ve always thought about it like this…. when it comes to technology, when should we decide we’ve gone to far. Is it when we started using metal tools…. or maybe when we converted from pit saws to circular saws driven by water wheels? Or how about when we started using electricity? Maybe we should stop progressing when we left drafting for CAD. Hmmmm… it’s a tough call, don’t you think?

-- Mr. B

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#9 posted 04-22-2009 05:40 AM

Yes, it’s a tough call. Just seems that it is cheating on a real craftsman, but real craftsmen have to have a day job to eat :-((

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#10 posted 04-22-2009 06:39 AM

I think these are neat toys but I can only wonder what Roy Underhill would think.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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ShakerBoxMaker

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#11 posted 04-22-2009 12:02 PM

Is it safe to assume this is set up in a High School shop? If so, I would expect kids are lining up to build a project that allows them the incorporate some engraving. Glad to see some school districts still willing to invest in shop classes and teachers willing to engage students.

-- -- Mark in Fort Wayne, IN

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HeirloomWoodworking

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#12 posted 04-22-2009 03:15 PM

Great projects, especially in an educational/teaching environment

What brand/model of machine are you using, and would you recommend it to others?

Thanks for posting

Trev

-- Trevor Premer Head Termite and Servant to the Queen - Heirloom Woodworking

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Woodshopteacher

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#13 posted 04-22-2009 04:35 PM

Yes, this video is from my high school woodshop class and it certainly does motivate my students. We are using the Epilog laser engraver. I highly recomment this machine to anyone who can afford to get into laser technology. In the past three years I have had very few issues…. some minor adjustments which were quickly resolved. If you keep the machine clean, it does an incredible job. Very fine detail which is hard to see from these photos and videos and very low maintenance.

-- Mr. B

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#14 posted 06-08-2012 05:39 PM

cant afford laser engraver what would be a good alternitive?

-- Ireland, Galway .... fingers! "we dont sell them"

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#15 posted 06-08-2012 05:56 PM

How much do these things cost say for a basic one man operation? Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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